Aaron Beck Theory

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Aaron Beck: The Father of Cognitive Therapy Early life. The father of cognitive therapy, Dr. Aaron Temkin Beck, was born on July 18, 1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the youngest of five children. Sadly, his birth followed the death of his sister to an epidemic of influenza. After his sister’s death, Beck’s mother became severely depressed; this depression lifted when Beck was born. This is where Beck claimed his need for control rooted itself. Beck had feelings stupidity and incompetence after a near fatal illness caused from an infection from a broken arm. Nonetheless, he taught himself how to work through his fears and difficulties cognitively; this is what ignited the development of his theory and therapies in later years (Cherry, …show more content…
Beck has been a member or consultant for several review panels of the National Institute of Mental Health, served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and taught all throughout the world. He was a visiting researcher at the Medical Research Council at Oxford and is a visiting fellow of Wolfson College and Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. Beck is also a member of The Institute of Medicine. He has received awards from various professional organizations. He was the beneficiary of the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award in 2006, The Heinz Award for the Heinz Award for "The Human Condition", the Sarnat Award and Lienhard Award from The Institute of Medicine, the Prince Mahidol Award, and the Kennedy Mental Health Award. Beck has been granted four honorary degrees, from Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Assumption College, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Beck has been listed as one of the "10 individuals who formed the face of American Psychiatry" and the most influential psychotherapist among American psychologists (Trustees, …show more content…
Beck consolidated Sigmund Freud 's psychoanalysis with his own understanding and perceptions of schema and developed the cognitive behavioral treatment. Further developing the Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation, Beck Hopelessness Scale, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and Beck Youth Inventories to treat a wide range of mental conditions. Today, therapists and psychiatrist worldwide utilize his cognitive behavior theory and various scales in order to treat patients experiencing depression (Miller,

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