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Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 as an outgrowth of Dr. Aaron T. Beck’s original Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. Today Beck Institute is an international training and resource center for health and mental health professionals, educators, and students worldwide. In addition to offering training programs at our Philadelphia location, we help create or improve cognitive behavior therapy programs at universities, hospitals, community mental health centers, health systems, and other institutions. Beck Institute also provides clinical mental health services and consultations and promotes research in the field.

Evaluating Unhelpful Automatic Thoughts in CBT

During a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck and Dr. Judith Beck discuss addressing clients’ automatic thoughts that may be true but unhelpful. They describe how therapists can help clients evaluate whether thoughts are productive in helping them reach … Continue reading

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CBT is Effective for Treatment-Resistant Depression in Community Mental Health

State mental health systems have been leaders in the implementation of evidence-based approaches to care for individuals with severe mental illness. Numerous case studies of the wide-scale implementation of research-supported models such as integrated dual diagnosis treatment and assertive community … Continue reading

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Behavioral Experiments in Cognitive Therapy

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the use of behavioral experiments in cognitive therapy. He explains that behavioral experiments are more than just “getting the patient active”. Instead, they are also used to … Continue reading

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CT is as Effective as Fluoxetine in Preventing Depressive Relapses

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry showed Cognitive Therapy (CT) to be as effective as medication (Fluoxetine) in reducing the risk of major depressive disorder (MDD) relapse. Participants in the current study included 523 adults with a diagnosis of … Continue reading

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The Future of Psychotherapy

At a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck describes the evolution of CBT and its projected trajectory. He proposes that there will be one psychotherapy based on a basic validated theory, with specific formulations and techniques for each disorder. … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between CBT and Neuroscience

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the relationship between CBT and neuroscience. Dr. Beck explains that various biological findings have been associated with successful CBT treatment and that preliminary and future research will … Continue reading

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Emotional Management Training CBT in Social Settings May Reduce Children’s Anxiety

A recent study published in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, investigated the effect of using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in a social setting on children’s anxiety levels. Typically, children with anxiety have the most difficulty with evaluating and … Continue reading

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Assessing Therapist Competence in CBT

At a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses how psychotherapists can use self-monitoring tools to measure their competence in CBT. Recording sessions is one way to evaluate and self-reflect on key CBT skills. Dr. Beck also discusses the … Continue reading

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CBT Improves Adherence and Depression in Patients with Uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes

According to a new study published in Diabetes Care, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) may be an effective intervention for medication adherence, depressive symptoms, and glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes and depression.  In the current study, 87 adults … Continue reading

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Early Views of Cognitive Therapy

In this video from a recent Beck Institute workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the psychoanalytic community’s early views of cognitive therapy. A common misconception about cognitive therapy was that it could only provide symptomatic relief. Dr. Beck explains, however, that … Continue reading

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