Judith Beck
President of the Beck Institute for CBT, United States

 Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is the President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (www.beckinstitute.org), a non-profit organization in suburban Philadelphia, which she co-founded with Aaron T. Beck, M.D., in 1994. Through the Institute, she has trained thousands of health and mental health professionals, nationally and internationally. Her latest projects have been to develop online courses to teach clinicians how to do CBT. She is also Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she divides her time among teaching and supervision, administration, clinical work, program development, research, and writing.

Dr. Beck has written nearly 100 articles and chapters and made hundreds of presentations, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to cognitive behavior therapy. She is the author of the widely adopted textbook, Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, translated into over 20 languages. Her other books include Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders and the Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy. She has written extensively on a cognitive behavioral approach to weight loss. She is also co-author of the Beck Youth Inventories and the Personality Belief Questionnaire.

PRE-CONGRESS WORKSHOP on 05 September 2018, 9:00-17:00:

CBT for Personality Disorders

This workshop deals with the challenges of treating clients with personality disorders, clients who, for example, fail to engage in treatment, miss sessions, feel hopeless and stuck, become angry in session, engage in self-harm, use substances, blame others, avoid homework, experience continual crises, and so on. The workshop will focus on conceptualization, the therapeutic alliance, treatment planning, and the use of a variety of strategies from many different psychotherapeutic modalities within the context of the cognitive model to help clients change their thinking at both an intellectual and an emotional level to bring about enduring changes in cognition, mood, behavior, and general functioning.

KEYNOTE on 07.09.2018, 09:00-10:00:

The Therapeutic Relationship in CBT

Some patients (and therapists) bring distorted beliefs about themselves and other people to the therapy session. As a result of their genetic inheritance, their formative experiences, and the appraisal of their experiences, they develop certain “rules for living” and associated behavioral strategies, which may be adaptive in certain situations but are maladaptive in other contexts. Their dysfunctional beliefs may become activated in the context of psychotherapy and they may employ certain coping strategies which interfere with the development of a strong therapeutic alliance and with their ability to benefit from treatment. Conceptualizing relevant therapy-interfering beliefs about the therapist and associated maladaptive coping strategies is fundamental to planning interventions that can not only strengthen the alliance but that also can be generalized to improve their relationships outside of therapy.