Teaching Nurses to Use Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

Judith S. Beck, PhD

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Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2004;4(1) 

I was so pleased to see the editorial in Medscape Nurses about the role of advanced practice nurses in mental healthcare.[1] We did a pilot project with the National Nursing Centers Consortium here in Philadelphia, teaching 12 primary care nurses to use cognitive behavioral techniques with their patients. We are now about to start an expanded project with funding from the Pew Foundation, teaching 30 nurses in these nurse-run primary care centers to use cognitive behavioral therapy with older adults who are depressed and anxious. Here at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, we have trained many hundreds of mental health professionals in cognitive therapy and find the nurses to be among our favorites -- they are so highly receptive and practical and easy to teach.

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