Dr. Aaron T. Beck Speaks at Georgia State University

Dr. Aaron T. Beck made a special video appearance at the Georgia Beck Initiative Panel discussion. The event was put together to create an opportunity to discuss the current efforts in Georgia to build the capacity of community providers in addressing the needs of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness using Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy.

Disclaimer: The cases discussed in this video are loosely based on actual cases and do not relate to any specific patients or contain any protected health information.

Dr. Aaron T. Beck speaks at 22nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Forum

 

Dr. Aaron T. Beck makes a special video appearance discussing the treatment of schizophrenia at the 22nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum. The Carter Forum was established in 1995 and is held each May to address mental health policy issues facing the state of Georgia. Dr. Paul M. Grant was in attendance and presented on the continuing successful efforts to implement Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy state-wide. This initiative empowers mental health providers to partner with individuals with severe mental illness to remain, participate, and flourish in the community.

 

The Aaron Beck Center Continues to have a Productive Year!!

Below find a list of peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications for 2016 into 2017 from our Center.

 Peer-Reviewed

  • Adler, A., Bush, A., Weissinger, G., Barg, F. K., Beck, A. T., & Brown, G. K. (2016). A mixed methods approach to identify cognitive warning signs of suicide attempts. Archives of Suicide Research, 20, 528-538, doi: 10.1080/13811118.2015.1136717.
  • Beck, A. T., & Bredemeier, K. (2016). A unified model of depression: Integrating clinical, cognitive, biological, and evolutionary perspectives. Clinical Psychological Science, 4(4), 596-619.
  • Bredemeier, K., Warren, S.L., Berenbaum, H., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (2016). Executive functioning deficits associated with current and past depressive symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 204, 226-233. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.03.070
  • Boudreaux, E. D., Brown, G. K., Stanley, B., Sadasivam, R. S., Camargo, C. A., & Miller, I. W. (in press). Computer administered safety planning for individuals at risk for suicide: Development and usability testing. Journal of Medical Internet Research. doi:10.2196/jmir.6816.
  • Brown, G.K., Karlin, B.E., Trockel, M., Gordienko, M., & Taylor, B.C. (2016). Effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for Veterans with depression and suicidal ideation. Archives of Suicide Research, 20, 677-682. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2016.1162238.
  • Brown, G.K., Thase, M.E., Vittengl, J.R., Borman, P.D., Clark, L.A., & Jarrett, R.B. (2016). Assessing skills comprehension, acquisition, and use with the Independent Observer Version of the Skills of Cognitive Therapy (SoCT) scale. Psychological Assessment, 28, 205-213. doi: 10.1037/pas0000080.
  • Buitron, V., Hill, R. M., Pettit, J. W., Green, K. L., Hatkevich, C., and Sharp, C. (2016). Interpersonal stress and suicidal ideation in adolescence: An indirect association through perceived burdensomeness toward others. Journal of Affective Disorders, 190, 143-149.
  • Chesin, M., Stanley, B., Haigh, E. A., Chaudhury, S.R., Pontoski, K., Knox, K. L., & Brown, G. K. (2017). Staff views of an emergency department intervention using safety planning and structured follow-up with suicidal veterans. Archives of Suicide Research, 21, 127-137. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2016.1164642.
  • Creed, T.A., Frankel, S.A., German, R., Green, K.L., Jager-Hyman, S., Pontoski, K., Adler, A., Wolk, C.B., Stirman, S.W., Waltman, S.H., Williston, M.A., Sherrill, R., Evans, A.C., & Beck. A.T. (2016). Implementation of transdiagnostic cognitive therapy in diverse community settings: The Beck Community Initiative. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 1116-1126. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000105.
  • Creed, T.A., Benjamin, C., Feinberg, B., Evans, A.C., & Beck, A.T. (2016). Beyond the Label: Relationship between community therapists’ self-report of a cognitive-behavioral therapy orientation and observed skills. Administration and Policy in Mental Health Services Research, 43, 36-43. doi 10.1007/s10488-014-0618-5.
  • Creed TA, Wolk CB, Feinberg B, Evans AC, Beck AT. (2016) Beyond the label: Relationship between community therapists’ self-repof of a cognitive behavioral therapy orientation and observed skills, Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 43, 36-43. doi: 10.1007/s10488-014-0618-5.
  • Ellis, T. E., Rufino, K. A., & Green, K. L. (2016). Implicit measure of life/death orientation predicts response of suicidal ideation to treatment in psychiatric inpatients. Archives of Suicide Research, 20, 59-68.
  • Grant, P. M., Bredemeier, K., & Beck, A. T. (In press). 6-month follow-up of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy for low functioning schizophrenia: Sustained gains and delayed response for more chronic cases. Psychiatric Services.
  • Green, K., Brown, G. K., & Jager-Hyman, S. (2016). Reply to Large and Ryan: Clinicians should not adopt a single self-reported item as a screener for suicide. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77, 1087-1088.
  • Jenness, J., Jager-Hyman, S., Heleniak, C., Beck, A. T., Sheridan, M. A., & McLaughlin, K. A. (2016). Catastrophizing, rumination, and reappraisal prospectively predict adolescent PTSD symptom onset following a terrorist attack. Depression and Anxiety. doi: 10.1002/da.22548.
  • Kleiman, E. M., Chiara, A. M., Liu, R. T., Jager-Hyman, S., Choi, J. Y., & Alloy, L. B. (2017). Optimism and well-being: A prospective multi-method and multi-dimensional examination of optimism as a resilience factor following the occurrence of stressful life events. Cognition and Emotion, 31, 269-283.
  • Landa Y., Mueser K. T., Wyka K.E., Shreck E., Jespersen R., Jacobs M. A., Griffin K. W., van der Gaag M., Reyna V. F., Beck A. T., Silbersweig D.A., & Walkup J.T. (2016). Development of a group and family-based cognitive behavioural therapy program for youth at risk for psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 10, 511-521. doi: 10.1111/eip.12204.
  • Lewis-Hatheway, F., & Eubanks, C. (2016). The impact of a mindfulness intervention on burnout levels in direct care staff. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 51, 27-34.
  • Perlis, M. L., Grandner, M. A., Brown, G. K., Basner, M., Chakravorty, S., Morales, K. H., Gehrman, P. R., Chaudhary, N. S., Thase, M. E., Dinges, D. F. (2016). Nocturnal wakefulness as a previously unrecognized risk factor for suicide. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 77, 726-733. doi: 10.4088/JCP.15m10131
  • Perlis, M. S., Grandner, M. A., Chakravorty, S., Bernert, R. A., Brown, G. K., & Thase, M. E. (2016). Suicide and sleep: Is it a bad thing to be awake when reason sleeps? Sleep Medicine Reviews, 29, 101-107. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2015.10.003
  • Pontoski, K., Jager-Hyman, S., Cunningham, A., Sposato, R., Schultz, L., Evans, A. C., Beck, A. T., & Creed, T. A. (2016). Using a Cognitive Behavioral framework to train staff serving individuals who experience chronic homelessness. Journal of Community Psychology, 44, 674-680.
  • Riggs, S. & Creed, T.A. (2016) A model to transform treatment for psychosis using CBT informed interventions for the mental health milieu. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2016.08.001.
  • Rosenbaum, D.L., Schumacher, L.M., Schaumberg, K., Piers, A.D., Gaspar, M., Lowe, M.R., Forman, E.M., & Butryn, M.L. (2016). Energy intake highs and lows: How much does consistency matter in weight control? Clinical Obesity, 6, 193-201. doi: 10.1111/cob.12142.
  • Rosenbaum, D.L. & White, K.S. (2016). Does cognitive avoidance mediate the relation of anxiety and binge eating? Eating and Weight Disorders. doi:10.1007/s40519-016-0284-6.
  • Rosenbaum, D.L., Kimerling, R., Pomernacki, A., Goldstein, K.M., Yano, E.M., Sadler, A.G., Carney, D., Bastian, L.A., Bean-Mayberry, B.A., & Frayne, S.M. (2016). Binge eating among women veterans in primary care: Comorbidities and treatment priorities. Women’s Health Issues. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2016.02.004.
  • Rosenbaum, D.L. & White, K.S. (2016). Understanding the complexity of biopsychosocial factors in the public health epidemic of overweight and obesity. Health Psychology Open, 3, 1-4. doi: 10.1177/2055102916634364.
  • Rosenbaum, D. L., Piers, A. P., Schumacher, L. M., & Butryn, M. L. (in press). Racial and ethnic minority enrollment in randomized clinical trials of behavioral weight loss utilizing technology: A systematic review. Obesity Reviews.
  • Schaumberg, K., Schumacher, L. M., Rosenbaum, D. L., Kase, C. A., Piers, A. D., Lowe, M. R., Forman, E. M., & Butryn, M. L. (2016). The role of negative reinforcement eating expectancies in the relation between experiential avoidance and disinhibition. Eating Behaviors, 21, 129–134. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.01.003.
  • Smith, T. L., Landes, S. J., Lester-Williams, K., Day, K. T., Batdorf, W., Brown, G. K., Trockel, M., Smith, B. N., Chard, K. M., Healy, E. T., & Weingardt, K. R. (in press). Developing alternative training delivery methods to improve psychotherapy implementation in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
  • Stanley B., Chaudhury, S. R., Chesin, M., Pontoski, K., Bush, A. M., Knox, K. L., & Brown, G. K. (2016). An emergency department intervention and follow-up to reduce suicide risk in the VA: Acceptability and effectiveness. Psychiatric Services, 67, 680-683. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201500082.
  • Stirman, S. W, Pontoski, K., Creed, T., Xhezo, R., Evans, A. C., Beck, A.T., & Crits-Christoph, P. (2017). A non-randomized comparison of strategies for consultation in a community-academic training program to implement an evidence-based psychotherapy. Administration Policy in Mental Health, 44, 55-66. doi: 10.1007/s10488-015-0700-7.
  • Talkovsky, A. M., Green, K. L., Osegueda, A., & Norton, P. J. (2017). Secondary depression in transdiagnostic group cognitive behavioral therapy among individuals diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 46, 56-64.
  • Thomas, E. C., Luther, L., Zullo, L., Beck, A. T., & Grant P. M, (2017). From neurocognition to community participation in serious mental illness: the intermediary role of dysfunctional attitudes and motivation. Psychological Medicine, 47, 822-836. doi: 10.1017/S0033291716003019.
  • Waltman, S. H., Creed, T. A., & Beck. A. T. (2016). Are the effects of cognitive therapy for depression falling? Review and critique of the evidence. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 23, 113-122.
  • Waltman, S.H., Hall, B., McFarr, L., Beck, A.T., & Creed, T.A. (2016). In-session stuck points and pitfalls of community clinicians learning CBT: A qualitative investigation. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2016.04.002.

 

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Brown, G. K., & Karlin, B. E. (2017). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression: A manual for Kaiser Permanente therapists. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Brown, G. K., & Karlin, B. E. (2017). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression: A manual for Kaiser Permanente training consultants. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Chang, N. A., Jager-Hyman, S., Brown, G. K., Cunningham, A., & Stanley, B. (in press). Treating the suicidal patient: Cognitive Behaviroal Therapy and Dialectival Behavior Therapy. In O’Connor, R. C., Platt, S. & Gordon, J. (Eds.), International handbook of suicide prevention: Research, policy and practice (Second Edition). West Sussex, UK: Wiley & Sons.
  • Creed, T. (2016). Increasing access to high-fidelity Cognitive Therapy for underserved populations. American Psychological Association Division 12: Society of Clinical Psychology Clinical Bulletin. Retrieved from gra/
  • Creed, T.A. (February, 2017). Children’s Emotional Buckets: The Power of Positive Interactions. Cognitive Therapy Today.
  • Creed, T.A. & Waltman, S. H. Therapeutic alliance. (in press). In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Jager-Hyman, S., & Brown, G. K. (in press). Psychosocial treatment for suicide prevention. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. New York: SAGE.
  • Waltman, S. H., Frankel, S. A., & Williston, M. A. (2016). Improving clinician self-awareness and increasing accurate representation of clinical competencies. Practice Innovations.
  • Wright, J. H., Thase, M. E., Bosco, M. R. & Brown, G. K. (2017). Learning Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: An Illustrated Guide, Second Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

Opportunity to Participate in a Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Workshop with Aaron Brinen, Psy.D

An exciting opportunity to learn the basics of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) from an expert in the approach. Developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck and colleagues, workshops to disseminate CT-R have occurred nationally (Pennsylvania, Georgia, California) and internationally (China, Canada, Switzerland, UK). Implementation of the approach has occurred in large mental health systems (Georgia, Pennsylvania), as well as local agencies (Massachusetts, Virginia).

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What is it? Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is expressly designed to promote recovery and evoke resiliency in the most challenging, treatment refractory individuals with severe mental illness (those with severe negative symptoms, aggressive behavior, extreme self-injury, constant hallucination, seemingly intractable delusions, or profound disorganization), either in early episode or experiencing a long-term course. The workshop covers the basic science, translated theory, innovative strategies, and practical interventions interactively, featuring video clips, in vivo exercises, and case examples. CT-R operationalizes person-centered, strength-based care to successfully achieve individualized and meaningful recovery targets. Aaron Beck himself often participates.

Who might benefit? The workshop is uniquely designed to train psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, peer specialists, and nurses who work across the levels of care, from departments of corrections, to state hospitals (civil and forensic), to community treatment teams, residential facilities, community mental health agencies, Veterans Administration, and private practice.

When does it occur? May 1-3, 2017.

Where does it occur? Beck Institute near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

How to register? https://www.beckinstitute.org/event/cbt-for-schizophrenia/

Looking for a Clinical Psychological Scientist in Advance Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia with Aaron T. Beck at the University of Pennsylvania

We currently have an opening for a clinical psychological scientist to direct our research projects on schizophrenia, under the direction of Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Primary responsibilities for this position will include data analysis and manuscript preparation with existing research databases, including a large 6-month naturalistic longitudinal study and a 24-month randomized clinical trial of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy. These studies included comprehensive clinical and psychometric assessments of cognitive variables, symptomology, and functioning, using self-report questionnaires, clinical interviews/ratings, and behavioral measures. Secondary responsibilities will include overseeing new data collection projects, assisting with grant submissions, supervising and mentoring research assistants, and contributing to clinical training initiatives.

Appropriate candidates must have a strong track-record of research training and productivity, expertise in statistical analysis, and good scientific writing skills. Experience with advanced statistical methods for analyzing multivariate and longitudinal data (e.g., hierarchal linear modeling, path analysis) is also desired, as is previous training in cognitive-behavioral and/or recovery-oriented treatments for schizophrenia and knowledge of this area of research. The initial appointment will be at the level of Research Associate, with the possibility of future promotion to Research Assistant Professor.

Bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Please send a curriculum vitae with a cover letter and two letters of recommendation via email to Aaron T. Beck, M.D., at abeck@mail.med.upenn.edu.

Now in Press! Beck Recovery Network Article on Dysfunctional Attitudes and Motivation Predicting Community Involvement and Recovery in Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

From neurocognition to community participation in serious mental illness: the intermediary role of dysfunctional attitudes and motivation.

 E. C. Thomas, L. Luther, L. Zullo, A. T. Beck, P. M. Grant

Evidence for a relationship between neurocognition and functional outcome in important areas of community living is robust in serious mental illness research. Dysfunctional attitudes (defeatist performance beliefs and asocial beliefs) have been identified as intervening variables in this causal chain. This study seeks to expand upon previous research by longitudinally testing the link between neurocognition and community participation (i.e. time in community-based activity) through dysfunctional attitudes and motivation.

Adult outpatients with serious mental illness (N = 175) participated, completing follow-up assessments approximately 6 months after initial assessment. Path analysis tested relationships between baseline neurocognition, emotion perception, functional skills, dysfunctional attitudes, motivation, and outcome (i.e. community participation) at baseline and follow-up.

Path models demonstrated two pathways to community participation. The first linked neurocognition and community participation through functional skills, defeatist performance beliefs, and motivation. A second pathway linked asocial beliefs and community participation, via a direct path passing through motivation. Model fit was excellent for models predicting overall community participation at baseline and, importantly, at follow-up.

The existence of multiple pathways to community participation in a longitudinal model supports the utility of multi-modal interventions for serious mental illness (i.e. treatment packages that build upon individuals’ strengths while addressing the array of obstacles to recovery) that feature dysfunctional attitudes and motivation as treatment targets.

 In Press, Psychological Medicine; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291716003019

Fellowships in Advance Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia with Aaron T. Beck at the University of Pennsylvania

We offer an exciting opportunity for postdoctoral applicants in the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Specifically, our mission is to develop professionals who will become leaders in the field of psychological approaches that promote recovery for individuals with schizophrenia. Under the direction of Aaron T. Beck, M.D., our program includes basic research in schizophrenia, clinical trials of innovative treatments for the disorder, and dissemination and implementation of these treatment protocols into community mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals. We have been recognized for our cutting edge work in this field. For more information, see http://aaronbeckcenter.org.

Applicants who have earned an Ph.D., Psy.D., or equivalent in psychology, social work, medicine or other related field and have had previous training in cognitive therapy, severe mental illness, or recovery-oriented services are encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Please send a curriculum vita with a cover letter and two letters of recommendation via email to Aaron T. Beck, M.D., at abeck@mail.med.upenn.edu.