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ALL IN THE MIND
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Wednesday 16:30-17:00
Dr Raj Persaud explores the limits and potential of the mind, revealing the latest research and bringing together experts and commentators from the worlds of psychiatry, psychology and mental health.
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Wednesday 26 March 2003
Aaron Beck with Raj Persaud
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COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY

If someone mentions they are in psychotherapy, do you picture them stretched out on a couch, relating their dreams and thoughts to a silent, probably bearded, analyst?  Therapy has come a long way since the days of Sigmund Freud.  The most popular kind of psychotherapy today doesn’t even need to involve a therapist, it can be delivered on CD-rom or via the internet.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has taken the world of mental health by storm in the last twenty years.  Dr Raj Persaud meets Aaron Beck the founding father of the most successful therapy of current times, to discuss how his departure from the accepted wisdom of the day came about and how cognitive therapy theories can also be relevant to international politics.

Claudia Hammond visits two projects to find out how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be used to help patients suffering from physical illness.

At the Input Pain Management Unit at St Thomas' hospital in London Claudia talks to Consultant Clinical Psychologist Amanda Williams and some of the patients attending the four week course.  And in Irvine, she meets Dr Craig White, Macmillan Consultant in Psychosocial Oncology at Glasgow University, and listens in on the role-play he uses to help health professionals, including Irene Wilson, Clinical Nurse Manager for the charity Ayrshire Cancer Support, train in CBT.

Dr Raj Persaud discusses with Dr Jane Speedy Director of Centre for Narratives and Transformative Learning at Bristol University her reservations about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


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CHILDREN AND WAR

Professor Atle Dyregrov Director of the Centre for Crisis Psychology in Bergen explains how CBT is being used to reduce trauma and anxiety in children affected by war and natural disasters.

Additional information:

Prisoners of Hate: The Cognitive Basis of Anger, Hostility, and Violence by Aaron T. Beck
Perennial – Harper Collins
ISBN 0060932007

Grief in Children. A Handbook for Adults by Aaron T. Beck
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN 185302113X

The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Chronic Medical Problems – A Guide to Assessment and Treatment in Practice by Craig A.White
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISBN 0 471 49482 8

Input Pain Management Unit at St Thomas Hospital 

Bristol University Centre for Narratives and Transformative Learning

Centre for Crisis Psychology

Children and War Organisation

UK trauma group web site
This site provides information of general interest on trauma (disasters, serious accidents, violent assault etc) and on various traumatic stress reactions.
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