Understanding CBT

We’ve discussed CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) at length in class! However we’ve mostly discussed the theory behind it as well as discussed the ways in which CBT dovetails with cognitive psychologist’s views of mood and anxiety disorder etiology. 

But, you need to understand what CBT looks like in practice in order to better understand this treatment technique as well as better understand what it means to have depression. Comprehending both of these lucidly will also further facilitate your understanding of etiology. 

Watch the following excerpts of CBT in action and then answer the following questions on a word document:

Ohio State on Socratic Questioning:


  1. In the first video, the word “examine” is used frequently. How does the first video’s use of the word “examine” connect to the Socratic questioning employed by the researchers at Ohio State? 
  2. What behavioral change is agreed upon during the second video’s session? 
  3. Why might this method of questioning be superior to more traditional prescriptive methods of therapy? 
  4. What was the the goal of the session in the second video? It is never stated, but you should be able to identify it. 
  5. How does the quote at the top of this post by socrates relate to CBT? 
  6. Explain the relationship between cognitive etiology and the treatment of CBT? 

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