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The Beck Initiative

Using Evidence-Based Practices

The Beck Initiative is an innovative, team-oriented approach to advance the quality of care provided to persons in recovery within the DBHIDS system by placing tangible tools in the hands of the therapists who serve them. The program partners include Aaron T. Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy, his research group at the University of Pennsylvania, the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Suicide and DBHIDS.

The program objectives include:

  • Incorporate the evidence-based practice of CT as a standard of care within the network
  • Improve treatment outcomes for people served by DBHIDS
  • Improve the professional lives of therapists in the network
  • To conduct program evaluation to measure outcomes
  • Become one of the first large-scale implementations of evidence-based psychotherapy
  • Serve as a model for other large behavioral health systems

In response to needs identified within DBHIDS, The Beck Initiative conducted intensive training workshops combined with ongoing consultation for different populations in a variety of settings including:

  • Adolescents in School Settings Adult Outpatient
  • Forensics Peer Specialists
  • Schizophrenia Recovery Coaches
  • Substance Abuse CBH Clinical Department
  • Psychiatrists & Program Directors
  • DBHIDS Acute Services Team
  • Adult Outpatient
  • Peer Specialists
  • Recovery Coaches
  • CBH Clinical Department
  • DBHIDS Acute Services Team

The City of Philadelphia, the department, the network of agencies and people in recovery are privileged to have a prominent figure in the field of psychotherapy along with a world-class university that shares both their knowledge and expertise.