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Beck Institute offers expert cognitive behavior therapy to older adolescents, adults, and older adults in suburban Philadelphia.
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Supervision, consultation, and 3-day CBT workshops on Depression & Suicidality, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, and other topics.
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Expert Beck Institute faculty provide CBT presentations and staff training for hospitals, community mental health centers, and similar organizations.
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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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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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.
Level I: Student and Post-Doctoral Fellow
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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.
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.
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.
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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Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
One Belmont Avenue, Suite 700
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-1610