The Biological Aspect of Depression

Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the neurological effects of depression and how Cognitive Behavior Therapy works in treating it. He also describes the biological aspect of the negative bias and how CBT can be used to reverse that bias. This video was taken at Beck Institute’s CBT for Children and Adolescents workshop. For more information, or to register for our next workshop visit:

CBT for Depression

Dr. Aaron Beck explains the history of biological and psychological research on depression. He also discusses studies that looked at the likelihood of depression in people who experienced trauma during childhood. This video was taken at Beck Institute’s CBT for Children and Adolescents workshop, for more information, or to register for our next workshop visit:

CBT for Bipolar I Patients (Students Ask Dr. Beck – Part TEN)

Dr.  Aaron Beck describes how cognitive behavior therapy  has been applied to Bipolar I Patients. He begins by explaining the development of scales for measuring symptoms, and then discusses techniques which therapist’s can implement when approaching mania, insomnia, and maladaptive behaviors.

October 31 – November, 2011, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop Level I: Depression and Anxiety

November 2011: Psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, social workers, professors, counselors, nurses and other professionals from mental health, medical, and related fields traveled from 11 states and 5 countries (including Brazil, Singapore, Canada, India, and the Dominican Republic) to attend this month’s Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop Level I on Depression and Anxiety at Beck Institute.

Participants had the opportunity to gain professional training from Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., and Amy Cunningham, Ph.D. Trainees participated in seminars and case discussions, reviewed videos of therapy sessions, observed and engaged in demonstration role-plays among other activities.

Cognitive Therapy Demonstration

Participants had the benefit of watching Dr. Aaron Beck conduct a live patient session, which was viewed via closed-circuit television. Following the patient interview Dr. Beck answered questions from participants in a case discussion (pictured above left), during which he explained what the next session should include. Dr. Beck explained agenda setting, beginning with a review of homework and went on to explain that he asks patients, “What problems do you want my help in solving today?” to guide them into naming the problems (as opposed to giving a full description at that moment), then prioritize the problems and let him know roughly about how much of the session they’d like to devote to each one. Participants noted some key techniques that Dr. Beck used which they found to be quite useful:

  • Normalizing patient’s emotions and beliefs
  • Providing patient with language with which they can describe and validate their thoughts
  • Instilling hope and reassuring successful treatment
  • Trying a variety of methods including imagery
  • Collaboration with the patient in terms of treatment model to prevent the patient from seeing the therapist as an authority figure
  • Finding some light anecdotes, humor can be a nice touch in sessions

Following the questions regarding the patient session, Dr. Beck answered participants’ questions on other subjects (video will be posted on our YouTube Channel).

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression

Dr. Judith Beck (pictured left) spoke about cognitive behavior therapy with depressed patients and their automatic thoughts.  She emphasized psychoeducation, treatment planning, goal setting, and activity scheduling with patients.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety

Dr. Amy Cunningham (pictured below) spoke about the need for anxiety and the need to learn how to cope with it.  She emphasized the use of teaching problem-solving skills and building self-efficacy.

We are so pleased that so many professionals from all over the world were able to come to the Beck Institute for such an exciting workshop!

More event highlights:

Cognitive Therapy in the Future (Students Ask Dr. Beck – Part NINE)

Dr. Beck discusses the growing nature of cognitive therapy. Based on the building blocks of an empirically validated theory, cognitive therapy, is continually evolving through numerous trials, moving towards inclusion of biological aspects.

What is Dr. Aaron Beck’s 90th birthday wish? (Students Ask Dr. Beck – Part EIGHT)

This is the eighth question from the Q&A portion of Beck Institute’s 3-Day CBT Workshop on Depression and Anxiety for students and post-doctoral fellows, held on August 15 – 17, 2011. In this video, Dr. Beck shares his 90th birthday wish with participants at Beck Institute’s annual Student and Faculty Workshop, on CBT for Depression and Anxiety. Dr. Beck discusses the dissemination of CBT by effective cognitive therapists. He also discusses the status of cognitive therapy in the US and abroad as well as the importance of increasing education of cognitive therapy within the US.

CBT for Children and Adolescents

OCTOBER 2011:  Earlier this week, 43 child psychiatrists, school psychologists, school counselors, and other health and mental health professionals working with children and adolescents, came from 5 countries including: Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Singapore, and South Africa; and from 11 US states to participate in our first ever CBT for Children and Adolescents workshop at Beck Institute. This 3-day workshop began with the basics of cognitive behavioral therapy and progressed to the application of CBT with complex cases. Cognitive theory, case conceptualization and CBT session structure were introduced. Then cognitive and behavioral interventions were explored and practiced.

Participants engaged in variety of role plays, to increase knowledge and ability to use CBT with children and adolescents and to experience using cognitive case conceptualization to select and implement interventions tailored for individual clients.

Participants received professional training from Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Torrey Creed, Ph.D., Luke Schultz, Ph.D. and Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

One of the highlights of the workshop was a special question and answer session with Dr. Aaron Beck (video clip below).  Dr. Beck discussed. For more information on future CBT for Children and Adolescents workshops, visit our website.

What research is Dr. Beck presently involved in? (Students Ask Dr. Beck – Part SEVEN)

This is the seventh question from the Q&A portion of Beck Institute’s 3-Day CBT Workshop on Depression and Anxiety for students and post-doctoral fellows, held on August 15 – 17, 2011. In this video Dr. Aaron Beck discusses research he is presently involved in and/or leading at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beck explains the work being done by three different teams within his unit; including clinical trials with suicidal patients, groundbreaking research on CBT treatment for schizophrenia, and a community mental health center project involving dissemination of cognitive behavior therapy.

What is the synergistic effect of medication and CBT? (Students Ask Dr. Beck – PART SIX)

This is the sixth question from the Q&A portion of Beck Institute’s 3-Day CBT Workshop on Depression and Anxiety for students and post-doctoral fellows, held on August 15 – 17, 2011. In this video Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the evolution of neurobiological research examining changes in the brain before and after cognitive therapy; in particular, Dr. Beck notes how CBT has been shown to decrease inflammatory cytokines.

Therapist adherence to manualized cognitive-behavioral therapy for anger management delivered to veterans with PTSD via videoconferencing

It is important that veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have access to evidence-based treatment (EBT). A significant number (40%) of military service members leaving active duty return to rural or remote areas where access to EBT and specialized PTSD treatment is often limited or unavailable. To overcome this obstacle, the use of video conferencing is becoming a more widespread and acceptable method of providing therapy to those living in areas with limited access to EBT.

While research indicates that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for PTSD, there are few studies that examine outcomes of group CBT with veterans.  In the current study, Morland et al. compared therapist adherence to manualized cognitive-behavioral anger management group treatment (AMT) between therapy delivered via video conference (VC) and the traditional in-person modality. The researchers also compared the equivalency of cognitive-behavioral anger management group therapy delivered via VC and the same therapy delivered in-person.

The results of this study indicate that utilizing video conferencing did not affect therapists’ adherence to CBT anger management group therapy. This study provides support for the utility of video conferencing as a method for delivering effective therapy to veterans. It also identifies video-conferencing as a potential gateway to evidence-based CBT for veterans and service members returning to remote areas following deployment. These findings encourage future research on the effectiveness of video conferencing among different populations and EBTs.

Morland, L.A., Greene, C.J., Grubbs, K., Kloezeman, K., Mackintosh, M., Rosen, C., et al. (2011). Therapist Adherence to Manualized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anger Management Delivered to Veterans with PTSD via Videoconferencing. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 629-638.