What is the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?


Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, a non-profit organisation located in suburban Philadelphia, is an international cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) training and resource centre.


It was founded in 1994 by Aaron T. Beck and his daughter Judith S. Beck. Beck Institute offers training in CBT in a variety of forms. Its mission is “improving lives worldwide through excellence in cognitive behaviour therapy.”

Aaron T. Beck is currently Beck Institute’s President Emeritus. He is recognised as the founder of cognitive therapy, one of the elements from which cognitive behaviour therapy developed. His daughter, Judith Beck, is Beck Institute’s current President. Aaron Beck is University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and continues to do research there, while Judith Beck is a Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the same university. Lisa Pote is Beck Institute’s Executive Director, and Allen R. Miller is CBT Programme Director.

Among Beck Institute’s training programmes are Philadelphia Workshops held at the Beck Institute, On the Road Workshops held throughout the US, the Beck Institute Supervision programme, and Training for Organisations in which Beck faculty travel around the world to teach. Beck Institute’s workshops cover a variety of topics, including CBT for Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Youth, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and more. Beck Institute offers scholarships for therapists working with active duty military and veterans through their Soldier Suicide Prevention initiative and holds an annual scholarship competition for graduate students and faculty.

Beck Institute also runs a clinic at its location in suburban Philadelphia.