Student Workshop: CBT for Depression

Each summer, Beck Institute offers a workshop covering the essentials of cognitive behavior therapy, specifically designed to meet the needs of developing professionals. Graduate students, psychiatric residents, pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows and other mental health trainees from around the world are invited to join expert Beck Institute faculty during three days of intensive, experiential training.

This workshop is identical to the Core 1 workshop for professionals.

Tuition for the Graduate Student and Trainee workshop is reduced to better accommodate the budgetary limitations of students and trainees.

Upcoming Dates

Choose a date below to register. 

Space is limited. Your registration and payment guarantees your space.


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Workshop Curriculum

Day 1: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression

  • Introduction and overview of CBT
  • The cognitive model of depression
  • Conceptualizing individual clients
  • Planning treatment
  • Engaging the patient and developing the therapeutic alliance
  • Setting goals
  • Experiential exercises

Day 2: CBT for Depression (Part 2)

  • Structuring sessions
  • Identifying and responding to automatic thoughts and beliefs
  • Behavioral activation
  • Homework
  • Case conference

Day 3: CBT for Suicidality

  • Professional ethics of suicidality
  • Identifying and assessing suicidal patients
  • Strategies for preventing and managing suicidal crises
  • Experiential exercises

Workshop Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will better:

  1. Define the cognitive model.
  2. Describe the structure of a cognitive therapy session.
  3. Describe how to conceptualize patients according to the cognitive model.
  4. Identify cognitive behavior therapy interventions.
  5. Demonstrate techniques to engage the patient in treatment
  6. Demonstrate techniques to develop the therapeutic alliance.
  7. Demonstrate techniques to elicit and evaluate automatic thoughts.
  8. Describe strategies to modify core beliefs and assumptions
  9. Define the cognitive model of depression.
  10. Demonstrate cognitive behavior therapy treatment techniques specifically in the treatment of depression.
  11. Identify ethical concerns in suicidality.
  12. Describe strategies to prevent and manage suicidal crises.

Applicant Prerequisite

Registrants must be graduate students, psychiatric residents, pre-doctoral interns, or post-doctoral fellows in a mental health or related field (health, education, etc.).

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