3-day workshops for health and mental health professionals. Depression & Suicidality, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, and CBT for Children.

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Student Workshops

A special 3 day workshop for students in health or mental health fields will be held both in Philadelphia and in San Francisco in 2014.

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Expert Beck Institute faculty provide individual and small group supervision and consultation. 

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Patient Care

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

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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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  • Sep 29–Oct 01 2014 Full
  • Dec 01–Dec 03 2014 Apply
  • Jan 26–Jan 28 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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  • Mar 09–Mar 11 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 »

  • Sep 08–Sep 10 2014 Apply
  • May 11–May 13 2015 Apply

CBT for Children & Adolescents »

  • Mar 23–Mar 25 2015 Apply

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop »

Level I: Student and Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Jun 01–Jun 03 2015 Apply

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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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  • Cognitive and Behavioral Techniques in the Treatment of Depression [video]

    In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck and Dr. Judith Beck discuss ways to implement cognitive and behavioral techniques in the treatment of depression. Dr. Aaron Beck provides several examples to illustrate the efficiency of particular techniques, including behavioral activation, hypothesis testing, utilizing thought records in cognitive restructuring, and activity scheduling, in patients with depression. Both Drs. Beck note that the selection of appropriate CBT techniques depends on the case formulation and the patient's level of severity. 
  • Preexposure Prophylaxis Adherence Intervention in HIV-Serodiscordant Couples in Uganda

    OBJECTIVE: Daily preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective HIV prevention strategy, but adherence is required for maximum benefit. To date, there are no empirically supported PrEP adherence interventions. This article describes the process of developing a PrEP adherence intervention and presents results on its impact on adherence.
  • Specific Phobia Versus Panic Disorder in CBT [video]

    In this video from a recent Beck Institute workshop, Dr. Judith Beck and Dr. Aaron Beck describe the important distinction between specific phobia and panic disorder.  Dr. Aaron Beck then provides an example illustrating a safety behavior utilized by a panic disorder patient.


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