Cognitive Therapy Today
a publication of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Volume 17, Issue 2: June 2012

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In This Issue
A Conversation with Glen Gabbard, MD
An Eventful Month of May
Why Treat Insomnia and What is CBT-I?
Explaining the Cognitive Model in Child-Friendly Language:
the Rollercoaster Story

A Conversation with Glen Gabbard, MD
Aaron T. Beck, M.D., President Emeritus 

On Sunday, May 6, 2012, Aaron T. Beck, M.D., and Glen Gabbard, M.D., a leading expert in psychodynamic theory and therapy, were featured in a special Conversation Hour at the Opening Ceremony of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. At this premiere session, Drs. Beck and Gabbard discussed similarities and differences between cognitive therapy and psychodynamic therapy. The session was moderated by Dr. John Oldham, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff at the Menninger Clinic, and President of the APA. Over a thousand people attended.


Prior to their discussion, the two experts exchanged emails. Below is an excerpt of a letter that Dr. Beck sent to Dr. Gabbard:


 An Eventful Month of May 
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., President

Dr. Aaron Beck had an eventful month of May. It began with our CBT for Schizophrenia workshop, May 2-4, 2012, at the Beck Institute, in which Dr. Beck conducted an intriguing question and answer and role play session. The workshop drew mental health professionals from around the US and the world.

A few days later on May 6
th, Dr. Beck along with Glen Gabbard, M.D., a leading psychodynamic theorist, opened the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, with a special Conversation Hour. 

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Why Treat Insomnia and What is CBT-I ?
Michael L. Perlis, Ph.D., Guest Contributer

We asked Michael Perlis, M.D., to write an article for us describing a very effective treatment for insomnia, CBTi. Health and mental health professionals who want to learn more about this approach may want to attend a three day training seminar in CBTi through Penn:



Is targeted treatment for insomnia warranted?


It is a long standing tradition, both within Medicine and Psychology, to view insomnia as a symptom and not as an independent disease or disorder. As a result, the proper target for treatment has often been viewed as the underlying factors that give rise to the symptoms of disease. Taken together, these considerations have suggested that specific treatment for insomnia is unwarranted. Further, implicit in this point of view, is that successful treatment of the underlying primary disorders will result in an amelioration of the insomnia itself.  

Explaining the Cognitive Model in Child-Friendly Language: the Rollercoaster Story

Torrey A. Creed, PhD. Guest Contributor

When I lecture on CBT for children and adolescents, I am often asked, "How can I help my younger clients to really understand the cognitive model? Isn't it too abstract?" Helping clients to understand the connection between thoughts, feelings and behavior is a key, initial step in teaching them how to examine and modify their cognitions. It is essential, therefore, to explain the connection in client-relevant terms. I have found a particular simple story that resonates well with clinicians and their clients, particularly those clients for whom a more concrete, applied explanation of the model is appropriate.


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