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 psychosocial approaches that promote recovery for individuals with schizophrenia. Under the direction of Aaron T. Beck, M.D., our program includes clinical trials of innovative treatments for the disorder, dissemination, and implementation of these treatment protocols into community mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals, as well as basic research. We have been recognized for our cutting edge work in this field.
Applicants who have earned a 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 vitae with a cover letter and two letters of recommendation via email to Aaron T. Beck, M.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1st, 2018.
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Based on the cognitive model, CT-R is an empirically supported procedure for successfully operationalizing and realizing recovery for individuals with serious mental illness. The approach involves meeting people where they are, accessing their adaptive mode, developing aspirations and steps toward successfully achieving them, strengthening positive beliefs, weakening negative beliefs, and developing resiliency in regards to stress and challenges. CT-R can be delivered as individual therapy, group therapy, as part of a team-based approach, and can form the basis of a therapeutic milieu. CT-R has been successfully applied to individuals across the full range of severity, from early in their course to those who have been chronically institutionalized for decades.
Randomized Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Cognitive Therapy for Low-Functioning Patients With Schizophrenia: Clinical trial demonstrating the effectiveness of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy to improve everyday functioning, negative symptoms, and positive symptoms for individuals with severe and persistent schizophrenia.
Six-month Follow-Up of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Low-Functioning Schizophrenia: Follow-up paper shows gains in functioning, negative symptoms, and positive symptoms were maintained six months after treatment was completed; also, individuals with a longer course of illness showed improvement by the follow-up.
Rapid improvement in beliefs, mood, and performance following an experimental success experience in an analogue test of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy: an Analogue study of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy showing that rapid improvement in putative mechanisms of the therapy – reduced dysfunctional beliefs and improved positive beliefs about self and mood – is associated with improvement in performance.
Successfully Breaking a 20-Year Cycle of Hospitalizations With Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia: A case study of the successful application of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R) to empower an individual with chronic course illness get back to a life of their choosing
Advances in Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia: Empowerment and Recovery in the Absence of Insight: a case study in which CT-R is used to produced pulpal success in life without the development of insights into illness.
Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Shows Lasting Benefits for People with Schizophrenia: American Psychiatric Association (APA) news post describing recovery-oriented cognitive therapy producing sustained improvement among individuals with schizophrenia, even among those with the most chronic illness.
Recovery-Oriented Talk Therapy May Help Curb Schizophrenia: Philly.com feature article about recovery-oriented cognitive therapy and its benefits
With the cognitive model as the theoretical guide, theses studies aim to uncover psychological mechanisms that impair psychosocial functioning for individuals with schizophrenia as well as mechanisms of change to promote successful recovery and resiliency. Mechanisms become targets of treatment.
From neurocognition to community participation in serious mental illness: the intermediary role of dysfunctional attitudes and motivation: Longitudinal study identifies two independent pathways linking defeatist and asocial beliefs to community involvement.
Defeatist Beliefs as a Mediator of Cognitive Impairment, Negative Symptoms, and Functioning in Schizophrenia: Original paper demonstrating Defeatist beliefs as a mechanism connecting poor performance on neurocognitive tests, negative symptoms, and poor functioning in schizophrenia.
Dysfunctional Attitudes and Expectancies in Deficit Syndrome Schizophrenia: Article is demonstrating that individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia who have the most severe and persistent negative symptoms endorse defeatist and asocial beliefs to a greater extent than individuals with less severe negative symptoms.
Asocial beliefs as predictors of asocial behavior in schizophrenia: Manuscript showing that asocial beliefs are associated with poor social functioning.
Evaluation sensitivity as a moderator of communication disorder in schizophrenia: This paper describes how sensitivity to evaluation moderated the relationship between cognitive impairment and communication disorder in schizophrenia.
Cognitive Insight Predicts Favorable Outcome in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis: In the CBT of psychosis in South London improvement in cognitive insight improvement in treatment insight is mediator
CT-R has been implemented across all levels of care for individuals with serious mental illness.
Recovery-oriented cognitive therapy for schizophrenia (in press). Guilford Press.: New York, NY.
Effects of a Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Training Program on Inpatient Staff Attitudes and Incidents of Seclusion and Restraint: Manuscript describing a successful milieu-wide, multidisciplinary, recovery-oriented cognitive therapy training program on an urban acute inpatient unit treating individuals with serious mental illness.
Training Peer Specialists in Cognitive Therapy Strategies for Recovery: Article explains an innovative recovery-oriented cognitive therapy training program collaboratively developed with peer specialists to promote their effectiveness.
CBT Addresses Most-Debilitating Symptoms in Chronic Schizophrenia: Psychiatric News article details how recovery-oriented cognitive therapy helps mental health providers operationalize recovery work, engaging all individuals with serious mental illness, however challenging, to successfully collaborate and make progress on their self-defined aspirations.
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 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.
Below find a list of peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications for 2016 into 2017 from our Center.
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).
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/
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 email@example.com.