I recently returned from a workshop on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents at the Beck Institute in suburban Philadelphia. At age 90, Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of CBT, addressed workshop participants, answered questions of all sorts and engaged in therapist-client role-play. It was gripping to see such a master at work. His daughter, eminent clinician and educator, Dr. Judith Beck was also a powerful and insightful contributor to conversation. As a nice touch, she signed my copy of her book, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Basics and Beyond, 2nd ed.
The primary workshop presenter was Dr. Torrey Creed. She was a talented and engaging presenter who demonstrated top-notch skill and knowledge of CBT. I found her to be so genuine and effective in her approach to therapy – a true inspiration. While I was confident that I would take away considerable knowledge from attending this prestigious institute, never did I image the extent to which this experience would invigorate me! With great excitement, I plan my future endeavors with the Beck Institute and find that the bar is now higher for what I can achieve professionally. Goal setting just became more fun!