Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a non-profit organization located in suburban Philadelphia,[1] is an international cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) training and resource center. It was founded in 1994 by Aaron T. Beck and his daughter Judith S. Beck. [2] Beck Institute offers training in CBT in a variety of forms. Its mission is "improving lives worldwide through excellence in cognitive behavior therapy."[3]

Aaron T. Beck is currently Beck Institute's President Emeritus.[4] He is recognized as the founder of cognitive therapy,[5] one of the elements from which cognitive behavior therapy developed.[6] His daughter, Judith Beck, is Beck Institute's current President.[4] Aaron Beck is University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and continues to do research there,[7] while Judith Beck is a Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the same university. Lisa Pote is Beck Institute's Executive Director, and Allen R. Miller is CBT Program Director.[4]

Among Beck Institute's training programs are Philadelphia Workshops held at the Beck Institute, On the Road Workshops held throughout the US, the Beck Institute Supervision program, and Training for Organizations in which Beck faculty travel around the world to teach.[8] Beck Institute's workshops cover a variety of topics, including CBT for Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Youth, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and more.[9] Beck Institute offers scholarships for therapists working with active duty military and veterans through their Soldier Suicide Prevention initiative[10] and holds an annual scholarship competition for graduate students and faculty.[11]

Beck Institute also runs a clinic at its location in suburban Philadelphia.[12]


  1. ^ Joanne Silberner (28 December 2006). "New Year's Resolutions: If Will Power Isn't Enough". National Public Radio.
  2. ^ "Judith S. Beck, Ph.D." Huffington post. 2011.
  3. ^ |About Beck|
  4. ^ a b c |Leadership At Beck Institute
  5. ^ Carey, Benedict (3 October 2011). "Talk Therapy Eases Severe Schizophrenia, Study Shows". New York Times.
  6. ^ Martin, Ben (2016). "In-Depth: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy". Psych Central. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Aaron T. Beck, M.D." Department of Psychiatry Penn Behavioral Health. Archived from the original on 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  8. ^ "Training and Consultation in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)". Beck Institute.
  9. ^ "The Beck Learning Path".
  10. ^ "Apply for Scholarship". Soldier Suicide Prevention.
  11. ^ Pretzer, James. "Scholarships for CBT Training at Beck Institute". Behavior Online.
  12. ^ "Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research". Psychology Net.

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