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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  • Dec 07–Dec 09 2015 Apply
  • Mar 07–Mar 09 2016 Apply
  • Sep 26–Sep 28 2016 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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  • Apr 04–Apr 06 2016 Apply
  • Oct 17–Oct 19 2016 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 23–May 25 2016 Apply

CBT for Children & Adolescents »

  • Oct 05–Oct 07 2015 Apply

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop »

Level I: Student and Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Nov 07–Nov 09 2016 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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  • Early Views of Cognitive Therapy [Audio]

    In this audio clip from a Beck Institute workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck describes early Psychoanalytic views of CBT. He clarifies that CBT has been found to not only provide symptomatic relief, but also maintain improvements. Similarities between CBT and modern Psychodynamic therapy are also discussed.

  • The Power of Realistic Thinking in CBT [Video]

    In this video, Dr. Judith Beck distinguishes between positive and realistic thinking, addressing the myth that CBT is simply the power of positive thinking. She emphasizes the importance of helping patients evaluate their own thinking and develop more realistic views.

  • Dr. Aaron Beck's First Experience with Schizophrenia [Audio]

    From the 19th International Congress of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) in March of 2015, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses his first experience treating mental illnesses, specifically schizophrenia.  Dr. Beck describes his experiences as a medical resident in a psychiatric rotation, where he conducted group therapy with patients with severe mental illness.


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