The Future of Individual Psychotherapy

In this video from Beck Institute’s recent CBT for Student and Faculty Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck reacts to a quote by Dr. Alan Kazdin on the current status and future of individual, face-to-face psychotherapy. Dr. Beck discusses the effectiveness of certain alternative technologies that deliver CBT. He emphasizes that although alternative methods are often effective for many people, they may not be effective for everyone. Dr. Beck also cites practices in Great Britain that are designed to maximize resources within the psychotherapy/healthcare community by triaging patients and assigning the most severely disabled patients to therapists with the highest degree of expertise. Likewise, patients with mild to moderate symptoms are assigned to therapists with less training and often do equally as well. In terms of costs and outcomes, this is an effective direction in which many believe the field and healthcare are moving.

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