In this TV discussion (Charlie Rose US PBS nightly chat show), Aaron Beck (the third speaker in this excerpt) discusses how he first began to think about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The purpose of the programme, first aired in May 2007, was to discuss the legacy of Sigmund Freud, 150 years after Freud's birth.

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Dr. Beck is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Psychopathology Research Unit (PRU), the parent organisation of the Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide. His current research focuses on cognitive therapy for suicide prevention, dissemination of cognitive therapy into community settings, and cognitive therapy for schizophrenia.

Aaron Beck's first, landmark article, Thinking and Depression: I. Idiosyncratic Content and Cognitive Distortions was submitted for publication in May, 1963, and published in October of the same year in Archives of General Psychiatry.


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