What is special about cognitive therapy? (Students Ask Dr. Beck – PART FOUR)

This is the fourth question from the Q&A portion of Beck Institute’s 3-Day CBT Workshop on Depression and Anxiety for students and post-doctoral fellows, held on August 15 – 17, 2011. In this video Dr. Aaron Beck discusses what is special about cognitive therapy, what is new theoretically in the field of CBT, and how cognitive behavior therapy has expanded. Dr. Beck explains his present notion of cognitive therapy – that it is based on a theory of psychopathology (information processing model), and the techniques that are utilized are those that can help to ameliorate the dysfunctional aspects of the individual’s beliefs, interpretations, and avoidance behaviors, as well as dysfunction in attention and memory. Dr. Beck mentions the main thrust of cognitive therapy will be to modify the dysfunctional cognitive processing. Please enjoy the fourth segment from this unique series:

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