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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.
Dr. Aaron T. Beck elaborates on his Cognitive Model theory, describing how he believes that no connections between environmental events and emotion exist without having first perceived the environmental event.
Dr. Judith Beck explains that this misconception may have started from the use of treatment manuals in research studies. Dr. Beck explains that while adhering to treatment protocols is important in research, manuals are generally not used in practice.
Dr. Aaron Beck discusses how the cognitive model can be applied to various psychiatric disorders and psychological problems.
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Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
One Belmont Avenue, Suite 700
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-1610