Earlier this week Beck Institute held the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop Level II. This workshop focuses on CBT for personality disorders and challenging problems. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, councilors, and other professionals traveled from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, Turkey, and thirteen U.S. states, to receive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Participants received professional training from Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., Amy Cunningham, Ph.D. Lectures and role-plays emphasized the need for the therapeutic alliance in order to differentiate the therapist from everyone else. The need to identify core beliefs and automatic thoughts as soon as possible was also stressed. Dr. Beck demonstrated how to identify automatic thoughts, core beliefs and conditional assumptions through case conceptualization role-play.