According to a recent survey, Cognitive Therapy is now the leading form of psychotherapy throughout the world. Its application to the numerous psychological disorders, as well as medical problems, has been well documented. In recent years, Cognitive Therapy has been successfully applied to the most intractable and chronic disorders, such as severe mental illness. Strategies and techniques in treating schizophrenia will be described.
Although there's been an overwhelming proliferation of new therapies for depression and anxiety, the controlled outcome studies have yielded disappointing results. Dr. Burns argues that this is because resistance has not been addressed, and describes a new approach called TEAM-CBT that solves this problem and promises superior outcomes.
Dr. Burns will describe his personal evolution from biological psychiatry during his psychiatric residency to cognitive behavior therapy, and then to the new TEAM-CBT, which he has recently developed. TEAM-CBT aims for extremely high-speed treatment using innovative cognitive and motivational (resistance-busting) techniques. He will invite questions from audience participants.
The presentation will trace the evolution of cognitive behavior therapy, showing the “untold story” and critically evaluate its present status. It will also consider the future intervention of computer technology.
This exchange will focus on the classic question of whether good therapy should focus more on cognitive or experiential changes. The merits of each, and the possibility of a “both/and” partnership, are considered.