Here are some facts about Cognitive Behavior Therapy discussed in this article:
- CBT is the most well-funded, deeply researched, popular, and rapidly growing psychotherapy in existence
- In 2005, in a pair of widely publicized papers in the Archives of General Psychiatry, DeRubeis and Steve Hollon, a psychologist at Vanderbilt University, reported the results of a large clinical trial that compared CBT to a placebo and the popular antidepressant Paxil in patients with depression. In the short term, CBT was shown to be as effective as medication and, presumably because it served as a kind of psychological inoculation, it guarded against relapse 69 percent of the time, as opposed to 24 percent for medication.
- Since 2005, the Veterans Administration ... allocated more than $250 million a year to train therapists in ESTs in an effort to cope with the influx of traumatized veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. All of these programs highlight CBT.
- In 2007, the British government announced it would be spending close to $300 million to train and employ 3,600 additional psychotherapists, primarily in CBT.
- The Army's new resiliency program will train more than one million active-duty soldiers, reservists, members of the National Guard, civilian employees, and military family members in Beck-inspired methods.
September 1, 2009 (from TheAmericanScholar.org): "In 2006, Beck won the Lasker Award, the most prestigious scientific honor in the United States, often referred to as the "American Nobel." In 2007, he was short-listed for the actual Nobel ... Beck's enormous success stems in large part from CBT's pragmatism and efficiency."
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