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The Therapeutic Alliance

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the therapeutic alliance. He stresses the importance of fostering a strong working alliance to achieve therapeutic gain, as well as developing strategies for working with clients with varying personalities.

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Personality Disorders

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the evolution of cognitive behavior therapy for personality disorders.  Dr. Beck explains that it is often helpful to incorporate a patient’s early development into therapy when treating patients with personality disorders.  Dr. Beck describes a specific instance in which he used imaginal roleplaying to help a patient modify the meaning of her early traumatic experiences.

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February 20 – 22, 2012, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop Level II: Personality Disorders and Challenging Problems

Earlier this week Beck Institute held the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop Level II. This workshop focuses on CBT for personality disorders and challenging problems. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, councilors, and other professionals traveled from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, Turkey, and thirteen U.S. states, to receive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Participants received professional training from Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., Amy Cunningham, Ph.D.  Lectures and role-plays emphasized the need for the therapeutic alliance in order to differentiate the therapist from everyone else.  The need to identify core beliefs and automatic thoughts as soon as possible was also stressed.  Dr. Beck demonstrated how to identify automatic thoughts, core beliefs and conditional assumptions through case conceptualization role-play.

CBT Interventions for Borderline Personality Disorder

Dr. Amy Cunningham (right) demonstrated how to use a variety of CBT interventions for treating clients with Borderline Personality Disorder. Dr. Cunningham encouraged workshop participants to role-play with one another to practice CBT techniques.

One of the highlights of the workshop was watching Dr. Aaron Beck (top-left) conduct a live patient session.  Dr. Beck started the session with a mood check and followed with setting the agenda.   Following the patient interview, Dr. Beck led a case discussion with workshop participants emphasizing in-session use of the cognitive model. All participants are pictured (below) with both Drs. Beck.

June 20 – 22, 2011, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop Level ll: Personality Disorders and Challenging Problems

Last week Beck Institute held its second Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshop Level II: Personality Disorders and Challenging Problems. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, councilors, and other professionals traveled from all over the world, including Brazil, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe and seven U.S. states, to receive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Participants received professional training from Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., Leslie Sokol, Ph.D., and Norman Cotterell, Ph.D.  Lectures and role-plays emphasized the need for the therapeutic alliance in order to differentiate the therapist from everyone else.  The need to identify core beliefs and automatic thoughts as soon as possible was also stressed.  Dr. Sokol discussed patient collaboration and made it clear that a therapist should always be there for the client.  The use of mood checks was discussed and participants were told that a patient will start with negative emotions and it is critical to probe them for positives to counter the negatives.

CBT Worksheet Demonstration

Dr. Judith Beck (right) demonstrated how to use a variety of CBT worksheets for therapists to use, such as the Cognitive Conceptualization Diagram. Dr. Beck encouraged workshop participants to roleplay with one another to practice CBT techniques. One of the highlights of the workshop was watching Dr. Aaron Beck (above-left) conduct a live patient session.  Dr. Beck started the session with a mood check and followed with setting the agenda.   Following the patient interview, Dr. Beck led a case discussion with workshop participants. All participants are pictured (below) with both Drs. Beck.