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Does Beck Institute offer internships or post-doctoral fellowships?
Please contact us at email@example.com for information about internship or volunteer opportunities. We do not offer pre- or post-doctoral internships at this time.
What are the requirements for practicing as a cognitive therapist?
All professionals who practice psychotherapy must do so within the legal requirements of their own locales. No legal body regulates the practice of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT); however, competent cognitive behavior therapists 1) have received training and supervision specific to CBT and 2) undertake ongoing efforts to develop and maintain their competence. Beck Institute strongly supports certification by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy as a way to promote standards of practice and care.
Does Beck Institute offer certification in cognitive therapy?
Beck Institute trains, but does not certify, cognitive behavior therapists. The Academy of Cognitive Therapy is the certifying body for cognitive behavior therapists.
Do you offer scholarships or financial aid for Beck Institute training programs?
In some cases, yes. We offer training scholarships to therapists working with active-duty or veteran military personnel, and we offer a special workshop annually at a reduced rate for students.
Other financial aid may be available. For more information, please email Maritza Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I become a Beck Institute supervisor?
Dr. Judith Beck, in consultation with Dr. Aaron Beck and others, invites expert clinicians to become Beck Institute supervisors. If you have further questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Does Beck Institute offer group supervision?
Yes. Up to four people from the same organization can participate together in the group supervision program. One therapist per week submits a recording on a rotating basis.
Does Beck Institute offer supervision of supervision?
Yes. If you are interested in learning to supervise other cognitive therapists, you must first successfully complete one standard term of supervision and receive 3 scores of 50 or higher on the CTRS. You must also receive a recommendation from your supervisor to begin supervision of supervision.
What happens if I do not meet the requirements for successful completion of your supervision program?
You will receive a Letter of Participation documenting your participation in the supervision program and you may enroll in additional terms.
What kind of credential will I receive upon successful completion of your supervision program?
When you successfully complete the supervision program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. You are encouraged to obtain certification in cognitive therapy through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
What are the requirements for successful completion of the supervision program?
Periodically, your supervisor rates your progress on the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale (CTRS). In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, you must obtain a score of 40 three times and receive a letter of recommendation from your supervisor. Trainees who do not reach competency during the term receive a Letter of Participation and may enroll in additional terms.
I do not have English-speaking clients. Can I still participate in your supervision program?
Yes, 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 client.
How is supervision conducted?
Supervision is conducted via telephone, Skype or similar means. Email supervision is available for non-English speaking participants.
I do not have a license. Am I eligible to participate in your supervision program?
International trainees are not required to have a license. If you practice in the US, you must have a license if your state requires it. We ask you to provide the appropriate documentation.
Am I responsible for securing clients, or does Beck Institute provide them?
For supervision sessions, you will record clients from your own practice.
How many clients do I need to see to be eligible to participate in your supervision program?
There is no minimum number of clients that you must see to participate, as long as you can submit recordings of live client sessions for supervision.
What device do you recommend for recording patient sessions for supervision?
We do not recommend a specific device or technology for recording patient sessions. Many of our supervisees find it convenient to use a digital voice recorder that converts to MP3 files.
Do you have supervisors who specialize in various disorders or populations?
Yes. Beck Institute supervisors represent a wide variety of expertise in using cognitive therapy with a range of disorders and specific populations.
Can I request a specific supervisor?
Yes. If we are unable to provide you with the supervisor you request, we will match you to an available supervisor whose training and experience match your needs and interests.
Who are the Beck Institute supervisors?
Beck Institute supervisors are highly skilled cognitive therapists who have trained with Dr. Aaron Beck and/or Dr. Judith Beck.
I would like my staff to be trained in CBT. Do you ever provide onsite training for organizations?
Yes learn more on our Training for Organizations page.
Where does Beck Institute hold its workshops?
Philadelphia Workshops are held at the Beck Institute, across the street from the Philadelphia city limit. Our address is 1 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
On the Road workshops are held in cities throughout the US.
Does Beck Institute hold workshops outside the Philadelphia area?
Yes! Starting in January 2016, Beck Institute is offering On the Road Workshops in various cities throughout the US.
Are there hotels near Beck Institute?
For hotel and travel assistance, contact our travel team.
There are two hotels within walking distance of the Beck Institute with special rates available. The Hilton City Avenue is directly across the street, and the Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue (formerly the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West) is about a ten-minute walk from Beck Institute. The Courtyard also offers a shuttle to Beck Institute trainees that will take you to and from our office each morning and afternoon.
When I travel to Beck Institute for training, what airport should I fly into?
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located about 30 – 45 minutes from Beck Institute.
I am scheduling my return travel. What time does the workshop end on the last day?
The workshop ends at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). It usually takes 30-45 minutes to get to the airport and 20-30 minutes to get to 30th Street Station.
What are the prerequisites for attending a workshop?
Participants must hold at least a master’s degree in a mental health, education, medical, or related field, although we do consider graduate students on a case-by-case basis. Graduate Students are eligible to attend our annual Graduate Student Workshop: CBT for Depression. We recommend (but do not require) participants to attend at least one Core Curriculum workshop before attending a Specialty Workshop.
Which Core Curriculum workshop is right for me?
The Core Curriculum workshops are designed to build the essential knowledge and practice competencies in CBT. Core 1 (Depression) focuses on the fundamentals of CBT: case conceptualization, treatment planning, goal setting, session structure, identifying and responding to automatic thoughts, behavioral experiments, etc. Core 2 (Anxiety) covers theory and treatment specific to the more commonly encountered anxiety disorders such as GAD, Social Phobia, and Panic Disorder. Finally, Core 3 focuses on challenges: personality disorders, problems in the therapeutic relationship, problems with homework completion and therapy engagement, difficulties with identifying cognitions, and other seeming obstacles to therapy. We recommend having taken Core 1 or 2 before Core 3, depending on prior experience and familiarity with CBT.
Do you offer workshops in specialty subjects?
Yes. Throughout the year, Beck Institute offers a changing menu of specialty workshops on a variety of topics. Specialty workshop topics are determined based on feedback from Core Curriculum workshop participants, and reflect current interests and issues.
Can I earn CEs/CMEs through your workshops?
Yes. Attendance at our three-day Philadelphia workshops earns 18 CE credits and two-day workshops earn 12 CE credits. Cost of CE credits is included in your registration payment.
Who conducts your workshops?
Dr. Judith Beck directs all workshops and teaches at many of them. Beck Institute faculty, who have specific expertise in specialty areas, also present. Dr. Aaron Beck conducts a question and answer session at most Philadelphia workshops.
When is the deadline for submitting workshop applications?
Beck Institute accepts applications on a rolling basis until the Friday prior to the workshop start. Your tuition guarantees your space.
How do I know whether a workshop is full?
A workshop will show in the store as out of stock when the capacity has been reached. If you have questions about availability, please email us or call 610-664-3020.
What payment options does Beck Institute accept?
You may pay tuition by check drawn on a U.S. bank or by credit card.