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New Publication from ATB-PRC Researchers Finds Catastrophic Thoughts About the Future are Linked to Suicide Attempts
According to the press release:
“Suicide has been on the increase recently in the United States, currently accounting for almost 40,000 deaths a year. A new study shows that one successful effort to avoid suicide attempts would be to focus on correcting the distorted, catastrophic thoughts about the future that are held by many who try to kill themselves. Such thoughts are unique and characteristic to those who attempt suicide, says Shari Jager-Hyman of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the US. Jager-Hyman led a study, published in Springer’s journal Cognitive Therapy and Research, about how distorted thoughts influence suicidal behaviors in patients who seek emergency psychiatric treatment.”
“To prevent suicides, therapists would benefit from directly targeting patients’ thoughts of hopelessness in clinical interventions,” says Jager-Hyman. “A cognitive approach can help patients evaluate their beliefs that negative outcomes will inevitably occur, and show them how to entertain other possible options. This can help to minimize patients’ thoughts of hopelessness, help them to cope better, and ideally decrease their suicidal ideation and behaviors.”
The full press releaserebe: http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/springer+select?SGWID=0-11001-6-1462543-0
The full article in Cognitive Therapy and Research: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10608-014-9613-0
Jager-Hyman, S., Cunningham, A., Wenzel, A., Mattei, S., Brown, G. K., & Beck, A. T. (2014). Cognitive distortions and suicide attempts. Cognitive Therapy and Research. doi: 10.1007/S10608-014-9613-0
Article on the Beck Initiative’s Dissemination on Clinical Training Appears in the Association For Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ journal, the Behavioral Therapist
March, 2014: a cutting edge article on The Beck Initiative’s dissemination of clinical training by Creed et al, was recently published in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ journal, the Behavioral Therapist entitled “A Model for Implementation of Cognitive Therapy in Community Mental Health.”
Jan 20, 2014. Below is a link to a recently published article in Psychiatry News describing the recovery-oriented cognitive therapy program that has been developed in our center and is being implemented in psychiatric hospitals, Assertive Community Treatment teams, and community mental health centers. Drs. Beck and Grant are quoted.
Jan 16, 2014. Article by the Center’s Dr. Greg Brown was the most downloaded article in the past 90 days for Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. The full reference is below:
Stanley, B., & Brown, G. K. (2012). Safety planning intervention: A brief intervention to mitigate suicide risk. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 256-264.
On October 23, 2013, Dr. Aaron T. Beck became the first recipient of the Kennedy Community Health Award from the Kennedy Forum. This award marks the 50th anniversary of Community Mental Health Act — the last piece of legislation that was signed by President John F. Kennedy which transformed the way mental illness was treated. Dr. Beck was honored as the father of cognitive therapy and as one of the most influential individuals within the community of mental health.
The Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for two types of Postdoctoral Fellowship positions: (1) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and (2) Aaron T. Beck Endowed Fellowship. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge CT projects that include research or training in collaboration with Dr. Aaron T. Beck and core faculty, Drs. Greg Brown, Torrey Creed, and Paul Grant. Successful candidates may focus on (1) schizophrenia, (2) implementation and dissemination of CT, or (3) suicide prevention. Populations may include children, adults and older adults. Applicants should have earned a Ph.D., Psy.D., or equivalent in psychology or related field and had previous training in CT, severe mental illness, or dissemination/implementation. We especially encourage bilingual candidates to apply.
Please email curriculum vita, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to Aaron T. Beck, M.D.: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first year of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy training for severe mental illness in Georgia has been a great success. Trainees pictured above are holding certificates recognizing their competency in the intervention.
The Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) has announced that Dr. Aaron Brinen of the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center is the recipient of the 2013 Early Career Psychologist award. Dr. Brinen is being recognized for his groundbreaking work in treatment development and dissemination of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy for schizophrenia in the Center, his efforts in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as his service to psychology.