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About the Video:
In Cognitive Therapy, Dr. Judith S. Beck illustrates how this present-oriented, brief form of psychotherapy works. Dr. Beck meets with an African American woman in her late 30's who is a single parent dealing with life-long depression. Dr. Beck helps the client begin to sort out her problems and modify her dysfunctional cognitions through Socratic questioning and other techniques.
DVD Bonus Feature: This powerful session features a voice-over in which Dr. Beck comments on her work with this client.
Running time: over 100 minutes; closed-captioned.
About the Approach:
Cognitive therapy is a comprehensive system of psychotherapy, and treatment is based on an elaborated and empirically supported theory of psychopathology and personality. It has been found to be effective in more than 400 outcome studies for a myriad of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse, among others, and it is currently being tested for personality disorders. It has also been demonstrated to be effective as an adjunctive treatment to medication for serious mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
About the Therapist:
Judith S. Beck, PhD, is the director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in suburban Philadelphia and clinical associate professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and currently divides her time among administration, supervision and teaching, clinical work, program development, research, and writing.
Dr. Beck has presented numerous workshops nationally and internationally on cognitive therapy for a variety of disorders. She is the author of the widely adopted textbook, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond, which has been translated into 12 languages. A coauthor of Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders, she has written many articles and chapters on various applications of cognitive therapy. Her latest books are The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy and Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems. Dr. Beck is the president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a nonprofit organization that certifies mental health professionals in cognitive therapy, and is currently a consultant for several National Institute of Mental Health research studies.