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Quo Vadis CBT? Trans-cultural perspectives on the past, present, and future of cognitive-behavioral therapies: interviews with the current leadership in cognitive-behavioral therapies

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has emerged from the work of Dr. Aaron T. Beck and Dr. Albert Ellis. However, it has been extended well beyond the borders of the research groups of these two founders, all over the world, in Asia, Europe, South America, and the USA. The question, taking into account the unprecedented expansion of cognitive-behavioral therapy, is whether current cognitive-behavioral therapy is still a coherent and homogeneous approach. Therefore, we have interviewed the major representatives (presidents and/or board members) of major cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy organizations in Asia, Europe, South America, and the USA. Interestingly, both at a theoretical and practical level, the perspectives are quite coherent suggesting that the cognitive-behavioral approach is a robust approach with cultural adaptations, which do not affect the main architecture of the theory and practice of CBT.

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The psychological profile of psychotherapists. Preliminary results in investigating the predictors of psychotherapists’ performance

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Apparently, it is neither the type nor the length of education or psychotherapists’ clinical experience that are responsible for their performance. The present study is part of a larger research which aims at identifying the variables (emotions, cognitions, behaviors, personality traits) that predict psychotherapists’ performance in therapy. The main objective of this study is to assess psychotherapists’ personal variables and compare them with those identified in the general population. The study included 126 psychotherapists under supervision (psychologists and psychiatrists) in two Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training programs (Cognitive Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy). During the final stage of the training program, the psychotherapists under supervision filled in self-reported check-lists; psychotherapists’ personal variables were analyzed and compared with those of 122 participants from the general population. The possible implications of the results in predicting psychotherapists’ performance and their impact on psychotherapy training programs are also taken into consideration.

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