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Training Aboriginal Practitioners in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


  • Torrey A Creed

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    1. Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
    • Correspondence: Torrey A. Creed, Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center, University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market Street, Room 2029, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. Fax: 215-573-3717; email:

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Comments on an article by Bennett-Levy and colleagues. This commentary reviews a dissemination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for Aboriginal Australians, with regard to the strengths of the dissemination effort and areas for future efforts. As an initial step in bringing CBT to a population that has been severely limited in access to evidence based practice, despite a notable need, this study was an important step forward. Feedback from the participatory action research group (n = 5 Aboriginal Australian counsellors) identified CBT elements and adaptations perceived to be particularly effective with Aboriginal Australian clients. Case conceptualization was identified as a potential avenue for further tailoring CBT to the individual needs of clients. Several factor including the success of the dissemination effort, reports that clients shared CBT techniques with their communities, and the skill-building nature of CBT raised the possibility of future community-based dissemination.