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Claudia Hammond examines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on BBC Radio 4

Posted Jul 16 2009 10:15pm
From Stephen Ralph of MENK-UK

http://www.bbc. co.uk/iplayer/ episode/b00lk03y /All_in_the_ Mind_14_07_ 2009/

Claudia Hammond examines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to find out if it is,
as some people think, the easy option in helping them come to terms with
mental illness.

It is the biggest investment in talking therapies that there has ever been:
300 million pounds over three years on training an army of more than 3,000
therapists in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT. The first trainees are
just about to graduate. But the programme asks, with the help of BBC Radio 4
listeners, if it is a scheme which will make a real difference or is it just
a quick fix?

CBT has been branded a panacea for treating mental illness. Some people
think it would be easier to have a course of this than to delve into their
past and address their relationships with their parents. Yet is a course of
CBT that easy? In reality, it examines behavioural patterns and sees how
they can be changed in order to deal with situations better. But change is
sometimes hard to come to terms with, so CBT might not be the easy option.

Claudia Hammond finds out what a course of CBT would entail, and meets the
blogger Fighting Monster, who talks about her work as a social worker for
the over-65s.

Broadcast on:

BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm Wednesday 15th July 2009

Duration:

30 minutes

Available until:

12:00am Thursday 1st January 2099

Categories:

. Factual < http://www.bbc. co.uk/iplayer/ categories/ factual > ,

. Health
< http://www.bbc. co.uk/iplayer/ categories/ factual/health_ and_wellbeing > &
Wellbeing

Go < http://www.bbc. co.uk/programmes /b006qxx9/ microsite > to All in the Mind
site

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