The Cognitive Model and Case Formulation

In this video from Beck Institute’s 4th Annual Student Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses how the cognitive model can be applied to various psychiatric disorders and psychological problems. Dr. Beck provides an example of a client with several problems including back pain, panic attacks, generalized anxiety, and depression to illustrate how the cognitive model is used to inform case formulation.

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A Cognitive Explanation for Anger and Hostility

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses insights from his conversation with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Beck talks about anger and hostility, and provides a hypothesis for why people overreact with anger in certain situations. He describes anger as an exaggerated response to automatic thoughts about being threatened or devalued,which are rooted in deeply held exaggerated beliefs.

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Case Conference with Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

Judith_Aaron BeckEarlier this week, students, faculty and professionals from local universities and mental health organizations visited the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research to watch a live patient session, conducted by Dr. Aaron Beck, followed by a case conference. Although we cannot disclose the particulars of the case, below are some of the general points that came up, from participants in attendance, in a Q & A session with Dr. Beck:

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That patients often need to test their automatic thoughts and beliefs by doing behavioral experiments in order to fully change their ideas. Dr. Beck also emphasized the importance of the therapeutic alliance in facilitating patient progress. Dr. Beck observed where anxiety is concerned there are often images and thought patterns. Dr. Beck explained how he discovered images and their application to the Cognitive Model (see video clip here). He explained why it’s critical to build a patient’s confidence so that he or she can take some control over his or her symptoms, including anxious images. Thanks to all the professors, students and professionals who came to visit the Beck Institute!