The Aaron T. Beck Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Research and Practice is dedicated to empowerment: for people who experience serious mental health conditions to live the life they desire; for providers to collaborate with these individuals to achieve that specific life. Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is an empirically-supported approach that operationalizes recovery and resiliency in a person-centered, strength-based manner. Through conducting basic research of factors that can stand in the way of recovery, we develop and validate new treatments, and disseminate and implement them into the public sector. CT-R applies across the range of settings and severity. It includes, i) a way to understand the challenges that can keep an individual from living his or her desired life, and ii) strategies for action that promote living life to its fullest. Individuals can go from feeling defeated to thriving, from being chronically institutionalized to participating happily in the community. By developing adaptive beliefs and self-confidence, individuals can flourish in the life of their choosing.
Guided by Aaron Beck’s cognitive model, Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy is an evidence-based practice that provides concrete, actionable steps to promote recovery and resiliency for individuals experiencing extensive behavioral, social, and physical health challenges. CT-R is highly collaborative, person-centered, and strength-based, and tailored to those who have a history of feeling disconnected from and distrustful of mental health professionals. CT-R has many forms and applications: individual therapy, group therapy, team-based care, therapeutic milieu, network to support of continuity of care. It can successfully empower one’s desired life across a range of settings and ages — for individuals who have recently received a diagnosis to those who have been chronically institutionalized for decades.