Patient Care at
Beck Institute

Beck Institute offers expert cognitive behavior therapy to older adolescents, adults, and older adults in suburban Philadelphia.

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Training for Professionals

Supervision, consultation, and 3-day CBT workshops on Depression & Suicidality, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, and other topics.

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Training for Organizations

Expert Beck Institute faculty provide CBT presentations and staff training for hospitals, community mental health centers, and similar organizations.

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Annual Student
CBT Workshop

A special 3-day workshop for graduate students in health or mental health fields will be held in Philadelphia in August 2015.

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Upcoming CBT Workshops

CBT for Depression & Suicidality:
Core 1


Our Core 1 Workshop is designed to teach the fundamentals of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for depression and suicidality through an experiential workshop at the Beck Institute under the direction of Judith Beck, Ph.D.

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  • Apr 27–Apr 29 2015 Full
  • Jul 20–Jul 22 2015 Apply
  • Dec 07–Dec 09 2015 Apply

Personality Disorders & Challenging Problems: Core 3


Our Core 3 workshop is designed for experienced professionals who want to enhance their ability to deliver CBT to clients who pose a challenge. Participants are encouraged to bring notes and patient session recordings of complex cases for discussion.

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  • Aug 17–Aug 19 2015 Apply

Specialty Workshops

Learn CBT for specific topics in our 3-day specialty workshops, including: Schizophrenia ;  Children & Adolescents; and PTSD.

CBT for Substance Abuse »

  • May 11–May 13 2015 Apply

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop »

Level I: Student and Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Jun 01–Jun 03 2015 Apply

Ask Drs. Beck


Our Most Recent Question

What are the most essential components of CBT treatment?

It's important to remember that cognitive behavior therapists use a different formulation for each psychiatric disorder. We use this formulation in conceptualizing the individual patient which is an essential component to developing a sound therapeutic relationship, setting goals, planning treatment, and selecting interventions. Building trust and rapport with patients from the very first contact, demonstrating accurate empathy, sharing the conceptualization with the patient (and making sure it “rings true” for the patient), and collaborating are also essential. Another important part of every therapy session is helping patients respond to inaccurate or unhelpful ideas. The basic question to ask when a patient is reporting a distressing situation, emotion, or dysfunctional behavior is: “What is going through your mind right now?” Once we help patients identify their dysfunctional thinking, we help them gain more adaptive and accurate perspectives, especially by helping them examine the validity and usefulness of their thoughts. We also help them design behavioral experiments to test the accuracy of their predictions.

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  • Increasing Clients' Readiness For Change [Audio]

    Using examples from his own work, Dr. Beck addresses the importance of first conceptualizing and uncovering the specific beliefs and fears that interfere with the client's readiness for change.

  • Workshop Participant Spotlight – Natasha Mullen, LPCMH

    “I learned so much over the last 3 days”. Learning about behavioral interventions was especially helpful and rewarding for her professional life. “CBT aligns with my personal beliefs of treatment and the relationship with clients”.

  • Use of CBT for Insomnia in Cancer Patients

    Individuals with cancer are disproportionately affected by sleep disturbance and insomnia relative to the general population. These problems can be a consequence of the psychological, behavioral, and physical effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment


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