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University of Illinois-Chicago Department of Psychiatry Report on Recovery International

A report prepared by faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry showed that individuals diagnosed with mental health conditions significantly improved their abilities to manage their mental health symptoms by using the cognitive-behavioral self-help system of Recovery International. The findings are a result of a two-year evaluation of Recovery International group participants.

Report Documents

For more information about the evaluation and the results presented in this report, please contact Dr. Pickett at pickett@psych.uic.edu.

"I have known about the Abraham Low Self-Help Systems method since I was a psychiatric resident in 1971.  I was impressed with Dr. Low's method then and I am still impressed now.  This method, which I consider the first cognitive behavioral therapy, continues to be headed by the consumers that use it and it is a wonderful adjunct to the treatment we psychiatrists provide our patients. Do your patients a favor and refer them to this tried and true self-help technology." –
Carl C. Bell, MD, President/CEO - Community Mental Health Council, Inc. and Director - Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

UIC Grand Rounds Videos: The Original CBT—Abraham Low Self-Help Systems Revisited

Hosted April 21, 2010, by University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Department of Psychiatry

The UIC Grand Rounds features a review of neuropsychiatrist Abraham Low's (formerly of UIC's Neuropsychiatric Institute) contributions to the field of psychiatry, a review of The Power to Change program currently offered in Chicago Public Schools and correctional facilities and a discussion of the ongoing evaluation of this 72-year-old "naturalistic large-scale public health" psychosocial intervention and its implications for community-based mental health treatment.

Research Results on the Effectiveness of Recovery International's Cognitive-Behavioral Training System and Self-Help Groups

Sue Pickett, PhD, UIC Department of Psychiatry

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The World's First Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, It's History, Present and Future

Marilyn Low-Schmitt, Recovery International board member and daughter of founder and neuropsychiatrist Abraham Low, MD


The UIC Genesis of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Patient-Led Self-Help Groups

Phyllis Low-Berning, Recovery International board member and daughter of founder and neuropsychiatrist Abraham Low, MD



Grand Rounds Q&A

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