In Memoriam – Aaron T. Beck

What sad news! We knew that it was going to happen soon, but each moment we hoped that it was not going to be that moment!

This year, when Professor Aaron T. Beck/Dr. Beck/Tim celebrated 100 years, we sent  the following message, which will remain in our memories and hearts for many years, and in the history of our university for centuries to come.

We all know that, over the years, Professor Aaron T. Beck has received numerous high awards/distinctions for his incredible contributions to clinical science and practice. For example, in 2017 he was named fourth in a list of  “the 25 Most Influential Physicians in the Past Century” by Medscape, for the development of “cognitive (behavior) therapy”. In 2006, when he was awarded the Lasker Award, considered by many “the American Nobel in Medicine”, Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein, the chairman of the Lasker committee, said: “…Cognitive therapy is one of the most important advances — if not the most important advance — in the treatment of mental diseases in the last 50 years.” On a more personal note, as “Aaron T. Beck” Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (clinical cognitive sciences) at Babeș-Bolyai University (BBU) and as rector of BBU, I want to honor today the memory of a close friend/mentor of mine and of our clinical School (Department/Institute/Association/Clinic), and a Doctor Honoris Causa of Babes-Bolyai University. As I’ve said before, Dr. Beck set the stage for modern psychotherapy in the history of the field, radically changing the way we see and practice therapy. Before him, we had mainly “grand theories”, associated to various more or less charismatic founders. He was a charismatic scientist, who changed the paradigm and took psychotherapy as a science into the evidence-based field. It is our strong belief that we owe it mainly to him that psychotherapy is well-integrated today in the evidence-based movement in mental health and that it has a strong scientific profile! We are fortunate to have known and to have learned from a great person, a sensitive clinician, an inspirational professor, and a brilliant scientist, who has changed the face of world psychotherapy and has shaped the mainstream of the clinical field by what we call today evidence-based psychotherapy and psychological treatments. Thank you for everything, dear friend, dear Tim, and we will continue to build on your incredible academic and professional legacy! 

Professor Daniel David, Rector of Babeș-Bolyai University (November 1, 2021).

In Memoriam: Art Freeman

Today (19.08.2020), we have lost a close friend, a brilliant colleague, and a priceless mentor, Dr. Arthur Freeman.

Art was one of the key founders of cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) – the core of evidence-based psychotherapy today –, a giant of the clinical/psychotherapy field, fully recognized and appreciated worldwide.

As a member of our International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health, in 2017 (http://iccp2017.org/) and in 2019 (http://www.rebt2019.org/), he was a main organizer and speaker at our international CBT congresses, held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. We have thus recently had the chance of spending valuable academic and personal time together. I have met Art a long time ago, in 1999, in New York, and we remained close friends and colleagues ever since; we collaborated on several international publications and grants/projects, and, over time, Art became a part of our clinical/psychotherapy school in Cluj-Napoca, helping us to rebuild and develop it on solid, modern grounds after the communist period.

Dear Art, thank you for everything! You will survive in our and in the next generations’ minds/hearts by your teachings – academic and clinical contributions –, and those who have met you in person will always remember your beautiful mind/personality and tell the story further…Thank you, dear friend!

Daniel David
Professor, Ph.D.,
The Rector of the Babeș-Bolyai University



Happy birthday to Professor Aaron T. Beck!

Today, Professor Aaron T. Beck celebrates his 99th birthday! As Doctor Honoris Causa of Babes-Bolyai University and close friend/mentor of our clinical school, our academic community is honored to say Happy Birthday to a great person, a sensitive clinician, an inspirational professor, and a brilliant scientist, who changed the face of word psychotherapy and shaped the mainstream of the current clinical field by what we call today evidence-based psychotherapy and psychological treatments!

In Honor of Professor Donald Meichenbaum

Today, Professor Donald Meichenbaum celebrates his 80th birthday!

He is one of the titans who founded CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), which was the fuel and became the golden standard for what we call today evidence-based psychotherapy. Beyond his key contribution to the paradigmatic shift towards CBT, his more specific developments – cognitive behavior modifications, stress inoculation training, and later, the constructive narrative perspective – are active approaches in modern CBT. For his fundamental contributions to psychotherapy, for inspiring thousands of academics and helping millions of people worldwide, North American clinicians voted Dr. Meichenbaum “one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.” Today, Dr. Meichebaum is Research Director of The Melissa Institute and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

We are proud to have professor Meichenbaum as a faculty member of our Institute and a close and dear friend.

Happy Birthday!

Professor, Ph.D., Daniel David,

President of the Institute

In Memoriam – James McMahon

With deep sorrow, we announce that Jim McMahon (James McMahon), our friend, colleague, and board member of the Institute, died unexpectedly, on February 7, 2019.

Jim was a truly accomplished scientist-practitioner. As a practitioner, he was involved in psychological services to his patients, oriented by evidence-based approaches. He was also a world recognized trainer and supervisor in rational-emotive & cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, contributing widely to the dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapy in many countries (e.g., Romania/Russia/Turkey/USA, etc.). For example, Jim was a close friend of Romania and our main consultant in developing REBT/CBT in Romania. Finally, Jim was an exceptional leader and manager/administrator, his contribution and devotion to the Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA, being decisive in the current thriving of the Institute.

But, above all, Jim was our friend and a personal senior adviser and, as he liked to call himself, the “American grandfather” of the children of the Romanians trained at the Albert Ellis Institute.

Dear Jim, dear friend, rest in peace and thank you for everything! We will miss you, but you will stay alive in our hearts and memories!

Professor Daniel David, Ph.D.

Albert Ellis Award for Research 2018

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Albert Ellis Institute: Ellis Scholars Program – 2018 – Digital Workplace Definition: What It Is and Examples

Organizations have been experiencing a shift from a physical workplace that houses employees during office hours to a work environment with technology that is extremely connected and always available – better known as the digital workplace.-

While the idea of the digital workplace has been a trend for the past few years, it became widely adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic as businesses were forced to reimagine business processes to accommodate a disparate workforce. These are the 5 learning certifications for the workplace.

So, what is a digital workplace? This blog will cover the digital workplace definition and some components of a digital workplace strategy every business needs to enable their digital transformation initiatives and provide a great user experience.

Digital Workplace Definition

Gartner defines the digital workplace as an operational tool that “enables new, more effective ways of working; raises employee engagement and agility; and exploits consumer-oriented styles and technologies.”

Let’s take a look at the fundamental pieces of a digital workplace strategy, some examples, and what is a digital workplace transformation

Digital Technologies

Perhaps the most important investment a business could make from a technology perspective is cloud infrastructure. Cloud technology should serve as the foundation of any modern-day IT strategy, transforming the organization by enabling a simpler and more flexible workstyle.

When talking about digital technologies – the cloud in particular – distributed cloud and edge infrastructure are two fundamental components to take a look at.

Distributed cloud is a public cloud service that lets companies run public cloud infrastructure in multiple locations while still allowing management from a single specified location. With this targeted, centrally-managed distribution of public cloud services, businesses can deploy and run applications or individual components in a mix of cloud locations and environments that best meets your requirements for performance, regulatory compliance, and more.

A distributed cloud model is ideal for edge infrastructure and computing, which is where companies run servers and applications closer to where data is being created. By placing computing services closer to these locations, users benefit from faster, more reliable services and reduced latency while companies benefit from the flexibility of a hybrid cloud solution.

Collaboration Tools

Collaboration tools are a key element of a digital workplace. These tools supplement an organization’s suite of digital technologies to foster an overall better employee experience.

Some examples of commonly used collaboration tools include video conferencing, such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, and content management platforms such as Microsoft SharePoint. Another collaboration tool that has more recently gained momentum is smart workspaces, which are high-performance collaboration platforms that use technology like the cloud, SaaS, and other innovations. Some examples include Microsoft Modern Workplace, Google Workspace, and Amazon WorkSpaces.

Many collaboration tools also enhance internal communication initiatives across an organization through built-in features and functionality like real time chat, file sharing, project tracking, and more.

Invitation to the 9th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy / IACP

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Dear colleagues,

It is time to sign up for the Congress where the world leaders in evidence-based clinical psychology/psychotherapy will meet!

The Preliminary Program of the 9th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy – the Congress of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy/IACP – is available here:

http://www.iccp2017.org/files/ICCP2017_Preliminary_Program.pdf

In 2017, the key figures in evidence-based clinical psychology/psychotherapy, especially in cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies, will be in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania. Do not miss this opportunity to meet the world leaders in the field and sign up for the Congress as soon as possible (especially for the workshops, where the places are limited!), don’t forget that they will be explaining how personal loans improves credit score and giving loan options from agencies like Nation21loans, for those who want to have success but don’t necessarily have the financial income needed to start off because interest. A combination of (1) Outstanding Keynote Speakers (Gerhard Andersson, Judith Beck, David M. Clark, Pim Cuijpers, Raymond DiGiuseppe, Daniel Freeman, Martin Hautzinger, Steven Hayes, Stefan Hofmann, Steven Hollon, Robert Leahy, Lata McGinn, John Riskind, Philip Spinhoven, Mehmet Sungur, Ed Watkins); (2) Workshop Presenters (Gerhard Andersson, Judith Beck, Raymond DiGiuseppe, Keith Dobson, Kristene Doyle, Thomas Dowd, Arthur Freeman, Daniel Freeman, Steven Hayes, Robert Leahy, Lata McGinn, Agnieszka Popiel, John Riskind, Tullio Scrimali, Mehmet Sungur, Ed Watkins) and (3) Symposia Presenters will try to elucidate the challenges of integration that CBT faces today. Also, we planned two stimulating round tables (1) Integrative and multimodal CBT: Implications for practice (Daniel David, Raymond DiGiuseppe, Steven Hayes, Stefan Hofmann, and Robert Leahy) and (2) Integrative and multimodal CBT: Implications for research (Gerhard Andersson, Pim Cuijpers, Daniel David, Daniel Freeman, Steven Hollon, and Steven Lynn), to further debate and understand the future of CBT

Also important, do not miss the fantastic touristic places in Romania (e.g., Danube Delta, Dracula-related trips, famous Romania monasteries, medieval cities, traditional area like Maramures, etc.)!

Please disseminate the message to all colleagues who might be interested.

Make your plans and see you all in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania!

Yours, Professor, Ph.D., Daniel David
President of the Congress
Congress Website: http://www.iccp2017.org/

 

Babes-Bolyai University and its International Institute for the Advanced Study of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health honor Professor Aaron T. Beck on his 95th birthday!

beckProfessor Aaron T. Beck has turned 95 on the 18th of July 2016! In 2012, Professor Beck received the highest distinction of our university – Doctor Honoris Causa of Babes-Bolyai University – becoming part of our academic community (see here). Our university also holds an Aaron T. Beck Professorship position, in recognition of the scientific stature of Aaron T. Beck and of his contribution to the development of the clinical and psychotherapy program at Babes-Bolyai University.

As we all know, Professor Beck, now emeritus professor of the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, USA, is recognized world-wide for his “cognitive revolution” in the mental health field, which has changed the face of clinical science and clinical practice. He has influenced a huge number of scientists in the academic field, and millions of people all over the world have benefitted from this innovative treatment with developing product labels (i.e., cognitive therapy). Over the years, he has received many awards and distinctions for his tremendous contributions to clinical science and practice. For example, when he was awarded the Lasker Award, considered by many “the American Nobel in Medicine”, Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein, the chairman of the Lasker committee, said: “…Cognitive therapy is one of the most important advances — if not the most important advance — in the treatment of mental diseases in the last 50 years.”

In our view, Professor Beck set the stage for “modern psychotherapy” in the history of the field, radically changing the way we see and practice psychotherapy. Before him, we had mainly “grand theories”, associated to various more or less charismatic founders. He is a charismatic scientist, who has changed the paradigm and has taken psychotherapy as a science into the evidence-based field. It is our strong belief that we owe it mainly to Professor Beck that psychotherapy is well-integrated today in the evidence-based movement in mental health and that it has a strong scientific profile!
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Thank you and Happy Birthday, dear professor and colleague!

Professor, Ph.D., Daniel David
Director of the International Institute
Vice-rector for research, competitiveness-excellence, and scientific publications of Babes-Bolyai University

Press release – DREAM Project

Please find here a press release on the DREAM Project (www.dream2020.org) implemented by the Institute/Department in a larger European consortium coordinated by  online.sodapdf.com. Here you can find several pictures and videos presenting our new ROBOmembers.

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