Supervision and Consultation

For over 20 years, Beck Institute faculty has been at the forefront of delivering the gold-standard for supervision and consultation in CBT.  Our supervisors have trained extensively with Dr. Aaron Beck or Dr. Judith Beck and therefore offer trainees a unique depth of knowledge and experience. After completing workshops, participants benefit from supervision or consultation which aids in the implementation of newly learned material.  In this way, effective delivery of CBT is enhanced, therapists develop confidence in their newly acquired skills and clients benefit more rapidly.

 

Supervision

Mental health professionals (or professionals in a related field) are invited to register for our distance supervision program. Participants range from young professionals with little CBT background to seasoned professionals with a high level of expertise in CBT who wish to broaden their knowledge base and improve their skills in conceptualizing patients, developing a therapeutic alliance, planning treatment, strategizing within sessions, selecting and employing techniques from many psychotherapeutic modalities, and more.

Therapists receive training in the context of their own clinical population and practice setting. They are matched with expert supervisors who review the therapists’ session recordings in their entirety before holding a 45-50 minute supervision session via phone or video conferencing. Supervisors organize the supervision session along the lines of a therapy session: setting an agenda, reviewing the tape (reinforcing positive aspects of the session and teaching needed skills), discussing other agenda items (e.g., other cases, conceptual issues, research, resources, etc.), generalizing what was learned to other patients in the therapist’s caseload, and eliciting feedback.

The Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale is used to measure competency and trainees who reach the established score for competency (40) receive a certificate from the Beck Institute. 10 CE/CME credits are granted for each term of supervision.

Supervision terms consist of 10 sessions, beginning in January, April, July or October. Many participants enroll in additional terms, especially if they wish to receive supervision on supervision after they reach proficiency.

Attendance at a Beck Institute workshop (or an equivalent CBT training program) is a prerequisite for participation in Supervision. In addition, if you are in the United States, you must be licensed, if licensure is available in your state. You will be asked for a copy of your license.

International trainees may submit translated transcripts of therapy sessions and receive voice-to-voice or email supervision. Alternatively, we may be able to provide you with a Beck Institute supervisor who can listen to your tapes and conduct supervision calls in other languages such as Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Thai. Some international trainees who speak English decide to offer treatment at a reduced fee, if need be, to an English-speaking patient.

For more information, or to apply, contact Maritza Zapata Lawson at 610-664-3020 or education@beckinstitute.org

 

Consultation

Group and individual consultation is available to therapists who desire guidance and feedback as they begin to utilize newly learned concepts following a three day Beck Institute workshop. Less intense than Supervision, therapists discuss and problem-solve challenges they encounter as they implement new CBT skills.

Consultation terms begin monthly and last for 4 sessions.  There is no limit to the number of terms a trainee may complete. 

Individual consultation is tailored to the skill level of the participant. Group consultation is offered at two levels: Beginner to Intermediate and Intermediate to Advanced:


Beginner to Intermediate

This group is designed for clinicians who have a basic understanding of CBT but want to increase their proficiency in:

  • developing and using cognitive case conceptualizations

  • planning treatment based on the conceptualization

  • structuring the CBT session (mood check, agenda setting, eliciting feedback)

  • collaboratively designing and facilitating adherence to homework assignments

  • identifying and evaluating automatic thoughts and beliefs

  • using a variety of techniques (such as goal setting, behavioral activation, developing exposure hierarchies and behavioral experiments).    


Intermediate to Advanced

This group is designed for clinicians who have are proficient in the skills listed above but want to further refine their skills and adjust CBT strategies to different client populations and to individual clients.  For instance, clinicians may be effective when working with depression and generalized anxiety, but need help in treating other disorders. Consultation topics may include:

  • advanced skills in conceptualization

  • diagnosing and solving therapeutic problems

  • building a strong therapeutic alliance in more difficult cases

  • modifying longstanding intermediate and core beliefs

  • helping clients overcome entrenched avoidance

  • incorporating techniques (e.g., mindfulness) from a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities into a CBT framework        


We are currently scheduling both Beginner and Advanced groups to start the week of April 5th. 

For more information contact Maritza Zapata Lawson at 610-664-3020 or education@beckinstitute.org.

[This training is geared towards certification in CBT through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and includes 4 CE/CME credits]

 

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Group Consultation

Conference calls will be hosted by WebEx. You will be able to either call in on your phone (a phone number will be emailed to you weekly), or “join” the meeting using VoIP from your computer (via an email link), mobile phone or iPad (via free app).
 
Wireless internet connect is sufficient for these calls. The provided WebEx links are accessible through all internet browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox etc).
 
 

Individual Consultation

Individual consultation can be hosted by Skype or telephone.
 

Supervision

Supervision is conducted via Skype and/or telephone.  Wireless internet connection is sufficient.