The Positive and Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

In this video from a recent workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses CBT treatment for the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. First, Dr. Beck clarifies the difference between negative symptoms (such as social withdrawal) and positive symptoms (such as delusions and hallucinations). Then he explains that treating the negative symptoms of schizophrenia helps patients to reengage in life. As patients become more engaged, their positive symptoms (delusions and hallucinations) tend to decrease. Likewise, treatment that reduces positive symptoms helps patients to overcome their social withdrawal and engage in the real world.

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The Versatility of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

In this video clip from a recent 3-day CBT Workshop at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the similarities and differences between CBT for Depression and CBT for Schizophrenia. Dr. Beck explains that both treatments aim to help patients relinquish their feelings of alienation and to elevate their beliefs about themselves and their future. Treatment for Schizophrenia also addresses the specific symptoms of schizophrenia, such as paranoia and hallucinations, which require specialized cognitive and behavioral techniques. For information about training in cognitive behavior therapy, visit our website.

CBT for Schizophrenia

CBT Training at Beck InstituteDr. Judith Beck greeting participants at Beck Institute’s first ever CBT for Schizophrenia Workshop.

Dr. Aaron Beck’s Current Research

Dr. Aaron Beck discusses his current work with leading researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beck is working with patients with difficult cases of schizophrenia. His team has tried to undercut the negative attitude of the participants by giving them a series of successful experiences to build their confidence. Instilling positive affect provides motivation. Dr. Beck is hopeful that this research will yield far-reaching results. To ask Dr. Beck your question we invite you to attend a Beck Institute workshop. Register today for our next workshop at

CBT for Schizophrenia

Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the evolution of research on CBT for schizophrenia and psychosis. Cognitive Therapy was initially used in chronic cases of schizophrenia to improve symptom relief by reducing delusions and hallucinations. For acute cases of schizophrenia, CBT was combined with pharmacotherapy to treat more severe symptoms. Dr. Beck goes on to discuss more recent research, in which therapists have attempted to treat schizophrenia with psychotherapy alone (no medication). To attend a Beck Institute workshop on Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Schizophrenia visit our website.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia

In this video Dr. Aaron Beck discusses his efforts to develop treatment for patients with schizophrenia. Dr. Beck explains that brain deficits, which caused apathy, anhedonia, and significant problems in executive brain functioning, needed to be addressed. The findings from a study Dr. Beck collaborated on, this past year, suggest that patients with schizophrenia have far more capability to improve their lives than was previously assumed. Dr. Beck hopes these findings will change the way clinicians treat the more than one million patients for whom schizophrenia is profoundly limiting. To find out how you can learn more from Dr. Aaron Beck on CBT for Schizophrenia visit