An interview with Dr. Beck will be featured Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in an episode of the monthly podcast and webinar C.A.F.E. 229, a public affairs program produced by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and hosted by Peter Lin, associate chair and professor of psychology at St. Joseph’s.
Dr. Lin said his upcoming guest is one of the most well-known figures in the field of mental health.
“She is basically the Steph Curry of psychotherapy,” Dr. Lin said, comparing Dr. Beck’s level of mental health expertise to the NBA star’s prowess on the court.
The episode promises to shed light on the transformational potential of CBT for individuals from all walks of life.
“This episode will be quite useful for students or faculty members who are interested in mental health or careers in the mental health profession,” said Dr. Lin, who has been producing C.A.F.E. 229, since the pandemic. “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most popular form of psychotherapy in the U.S. Its strength is to train the patients to become their own therapist.
“Many psychotherapists, from different schools of training, all need to learn CBT because it is the most evidence based treatment in psychotherapy,” Dr. Lin added.
Dr. Beck, a clinical professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, has decades of experience in research, writing and the fine-tuning of the CBT approach. As president of the Beck Institute, she is a driving force behind its mission to improve lives globally through excellence and innovation in CBT training, practice and research, Dr. Lin said.
The interview with Dr. Beck will be the 40th episode of C.A.F.E. 229, which stands for Compassion in Action, Freedom, Enlightenment.
In an earlier episode, Dr. Nancy McWilliams discusses another major school of psychotherapy: psychodynamic therapy.
Dr. Lin recommended that after watching Dr. Beck’s interview, viewers watch Dr. McWilliams’ C.A.F.E. episode, so that they can compare and contrast the differences between two major schools of psychotherapy.