September 16, 2020
BALA CYNWYD, PA – Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI) is proud to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the addition of the Beck Institute Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R). The addition of the Center for CT-R to the established Beck Institute has brought together two teams of expert clinicians, researchers, and educators, all dedicated to the work of Dr. Aaron T. Beck, co-founder of Beck Institute and developer of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). CBT has been demonstrated in thousands of clinical trials to be effective in treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders, psychological problems, and medical conditions.
CT-R operationalizes recovery, resiliency, and empowerment to extend the reach of traditional CBT to individuals given a diagnosis of schizophrenia and other serious mental health conditions. “CT-R promotes personalized agency and empowerment. Action is based in one’s aspirations and values,” said Paul Grant, PhD, Co-director of the Center for CT-R. “We collaborate to help the person find their mission and actualize it. More often than not, this vision embodies making the world a better place, advocating for the disadvantaged, and striving for social justice.” The recovery movement emphasizes connecting individuals with serious mental health conditions with community-based support as opposed to hospital-based confinement. Its recent resurgence has inspired change throughout the mental health system.
The Center for CT-R trains multidisciplinary staff (clinicians, direct care staff, peers etc.) focused on behavioral and mental health, helping agencies and systems develop implementation strategies that foster sustainability. Their team of clinician-educators implements programming that has reduced or eliminated the use of controlling measures such as seclusion, restraint, and as-needed medication in a variety of settings, as well as reducing the length of hospital stays for individuals. Reincarceration and rehospitalization rates have been significantly curtailed through these programs. “CT-R is not a siloed or academic approach. The spirit of CT-R can be carried out by anyone along the continuum of care. Thus, CT-R promotes inclusivity both in how we train providers and in the approach itself,” said Dr. Grant.
In addition to implementing CT-R across a variety of settings, Dr. Grant and his team research, write, and teach about this innovative practice. Along with Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Dr. Grant and Dr. Ellen Inverso are co-authors of the forthcoming book Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Serious Mental Health Conditions, to be published in December 2020 by Guilford Press.
About Beck Institute
Beck Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission of improving lives worldwide through excellence and innovation in Cognitive Behavior Therapy training, treatment, and research. It was established in 1994 by Dr. Aaron T. Beck and Dr. Judith S. Beck. As the leading source for CBT training and resources, Beck Institute has provided more than 20,000 clinicians around the world with state-of-the-art training in CBT, the most highly researched and widely adopted psychotherapy. In 2019, Beck Institute opened the Beck Institute Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) to train professionals, staff, and peers who work with individuals diagnosed with serious mental health conditions. For more information, visit www.beckinstitute.org.