In this video from Beck Institute’s recent CBT Workshop for Students and Faculty, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the notion of training laypeople in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) when resources are limited. Dr. Beck cites an empirical study indicating that, with proper supervision, laypeople at the bachelor’s level can be effective with some clients. Dr. Beck also discusses his own research in which he has been able to train high school graduate level individuals to understand and utilize basic cognitive restructuring methods with mentally ill, homeless people. The trainees involved in Dr. Beck’s research were also able to use some of the CBT techniques they learned on themselves to reduce burnout and increase empathy toward their homeless clients.
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