On June 13, 2005, an historical conversation took place. The founder of Cognitive Therapy, Aaron T. Beck, and the 14th Dalai Lama had a “meeting of the minds” at an international congress for cognitive psychotherapy in Göteborg, Sweden.
Later, Dr. Beck reflected on that meeting and summarized some of the highlights of their discussion, including the similarities between Cognitive Therapy and Buddhism regarding the mind, thinking, common assumptions and change. The Dalai Lama referred to cognitive practices as Analytical Meditation and stated that Dr. Beck’s book Prisoners of Hate was almost like Buddhist literature.
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In 2005, the International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy (ICCP) met in Göteborg, Sweden. Keynote speakers addressed the latest issues in CBT, researchers reported on empirical and theoretical findings, workshops presented state-of-the-art clinical practices, and students displayed their research and new ideas.
On June 13, the attendees were treated to a most amazing dialogue between the founder of Cognitive Therapy, Aaron T. Beck, and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
The topics were wide ranging and included discussions of: the human condition, thinking processes, common assumptions, the process of change, and anger. The Dalai Lama’s intelligence coupled with his joyous demeanor offers a fascinating glimpse into the philosophical world of Buddhist thinking along with Dr. Beck’s clear and concise conceptualizations of the human condition. Both reflect on their philosophies of change and note the similarities of their world views.
The filmed version of the conversation is divided into eleven separate clips ranging in length from about 3 to 11 minutes. The 90 minute “Meeting of the Minds: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Professor Aaron T. Beck” (in conversation) was filmed live and on location by the Center for Cognitive Psychotherapy and Education in Göteborg.
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This video features a discussion of CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by British clinical psychologist Professor Paul Salkovskis. He was director of the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma in London when this video was produced. Professor Salkovskis is currently Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science at the University of Bath in Bath, England.
Here are a couple important points Professor Salkovskis makes during this video:
Video reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds3wHkwiuCo
Categories: AT Beck
Aaron Beck, M.D., who is widely regarded as the father of cognitive therapy, turned 90 the summer of 2011. The Psychiatric News used the occasion to take a look at the man and his career.
Article Date: 07/15/2011
Aaron Beck, M.D., is one of the most important figures in American psychiatry, John Talbott, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland and a former APA president, contends.
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Categories: AT Beck
Aaron T. Beck, MD, has been a long time resident of Phildelphia. He founded the original Center for Cognitive Therapy at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania in the late 1970's and has been developing new ideas, theories and research on CBT ever since. He turned 90 years old the summer of 2011 and the Philly.com press wrote a feature article about him.
The journalist begins the article by comparing Beck to Joe Paterno referring to the days when Paterno was considered a football genius throughout Pennsylvania. Please note that the reference to Joe Paterno was made long before any allegations of wrong doing were uncovered about Paterno. It clearly was the intent of the author to use this comparison in a flattering manner.
From Well Being: Professor Beck at 90: Not the retiring type:
"Happiness experts say that one of the keys to fulfillment and contentment is to be engaged in meaningful work.That's certainly the case with Beck ...Declares Beck: "90 is the new 70."
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Categories: Social Anxiety
Feb. 16, 2011 (HealthDayNews) -- Psychotherapy triggers changes in the brains of people with social anxiety disorder, finds a new study.
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Cognitive behavioral therapy may help those with heart disease reduce their risk of heart attack, researchers in Sweden found....those who had the therapy program emphasizing stress management had a 41 percent lower rate of both fatal and non-fatal heart events and 45 percent fewer recurrent heart attacks.
[READ MORE] Therapy helps reduce heart attacks
Categories: Chronic Fatigue
THURSDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Patients struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome may be helped the most when standard treatment is coupled with cognitive behavior therapy or exercise therapy, new British research suggests.
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"Study Shows Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exercise Are Safe Ways to Treat CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) Symptoms"
Categories: Chronic Fatigue
From WebMD: article date 02/18/2011
Therapy, Exercise Help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Feb. 17, 2011 -- Cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise, in conjunction with medical care, are safe and effective ways to treat some of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), finds a new study published online in The Lancet.
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Categories: Therapy Focus
Thinking about making a change in your life? If you see a therapist, do you wonder if it is necessary to dig up all the issues in your past in order to make changes in your present life
Cognitive therapists focus on the present instead of visiting all the issues of the past.
Why? The simple answer is that research shows us it is not necessary for change. In fact, the fastest change occurs in therapy when a client has clear and specific goals for change and then collaborates with the therapist to learn and apply skills to make that change.
This issue is briefly discussed in a New York Times article titled: More and More, Favored Psychotherapy Lets Bygones Be Bygones by Alix Siegal.
[READ THE NY TIMES ARTICLE] Psychotherapy lets bygones be bygones ...
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