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.

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