Devaunshi S.

I am happy to let you know that [since the workshop] I have introduced the cognitive model to [a client with Borderline Personality Disorder] and she is taking SO WELL to it. Also she was one of my “difficult” clients and there were times when she did get angry or did not focus on the set goal. I have been able to get her to focus and still sustain our therapeutic alliance. YAAAYYY! 🙂

I have also introduced the cognitive model to [my group sessions]… my patients looked completely spellbound and a lot of them came to me after the session and wanted to know if I could take this form of therapy with them in their individual sessions…. some of my colleagues were amazed at the group’s reaction and at least one of them is planning to come and do the workshops with you.

I want to especially thank Drs. Beck and of course all of you for equipping me with CBT.

Workshop Participant Spotlight – Kimberly Grocher

Kimberly Grocher, LCSW traveled from NYC to attend 3 days of experiential training in CBT for Personality Disorders and Challenging Problems. She works at Weill Cornell Medical College in a group psychiatry practice where she treats clients of all ages,DSC_0254 specializing in treating adult women with anxiety and PTSD, couples, and professionals.

As a “movement oriented therapist”, CBT resonates with her personal beliefs that feelings and goals start with thoughts.

She decided to attend training at Beck Institute because, “they are the best; this is the home of CBT. Where else to learn than from the source?”

The opportunity to meet Dr. Aaron Beck and collaborate with people from around the world were her favorite parts of the training. “This has just been amazing”

Kimberly also would like to acknowledge Weill Cornell Psychiatric Specialty Center, the Training Institute for Mental Health, and Fordham University (where she will be starting her PhD in the fall).

Validation for Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

During a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck explains that in recent years eastern philosophies and religions have had an increased influence on CBT and which have been incorporated into mindfulness based cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectic behavior therapy. In discussing DBT, he emphasizes the importance of validation with borderline personality disorder patients.

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Combined Therapy is Effective for Patients with Refractory Bipolar Disorder in the Long-Term

According to a recent study published in European Psychiatry, a combined treatment, including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), psycho-education, and pharmacology results in greater long-term efficacy in patients with refractory bipolar disorder than standard pharmacological treatment.

The current study is a 5-year follow-up to a previous trial which examined the differences in efficacy for patients (n=40) with treatment resistant bipolar disorder who were randomly assigned to an experimental group that used a combined therapy, or control group that used pharmacology alone.  There were multiple evaluation points (6-months, 12-months, and 5-years) and at each follow-up, the between-group differences remained significant.

At all follow-up points, the combined therapy group had lower depression and anxiety scores. They also showed significant differences in mania and maladjustment at post-treatment, which were sustained through the 6-month, 12-month, and 5-year evaluation points. Further, the experimental group had fewer hospitalizations at the 12-month evaluation point. At the 5-year follow-up, 88.9% of patients who received pharmacological treatment alone continued to show persistent affective symptoms and/or difficulties in social-occupational functioning, compared to just 20% of patients who received the combined therapy treatment.

These findings suggest that a combined therapy, including CBT, psycho-education, and pharmacology may be quite helpful for patients with refractory bipolar disorder in the long term and superior to pharmacological treatment, alone.

González, I. A., Echeburúa, E., Limiñana, J. M., & González-Pinto, A. (2012) Psychoeducation and cognitive-behavioral therapy for patients with refractory bipolar disorder: A 5-year controlled clinical trial. European Psychiatry. In Press