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Bernard Rangé Award

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About the Recipient

With a degree in Psychology (PUC-Rio) (1971), a Master’s Degree in Experimental Theoretical Psychology at PUC-Rio (1975) and Ph.D. in Psychology at UFRJ (2001), he was a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University from 1972 to 1993, having taught Behavior Therapy, History of Psychology, General and Experimental Psychology (Learning) and General and Experimental Psychology (Motivation and Emotion) in addition to being coordinator of the undergraduate degree and coordinator of the Applied Psychology Service and then Director of the Psychology Department for two terms. He was approved in a civil service examination to become a professor at the Psychology Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1993. In 1994, he began teaching Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and supervising in this area. He taught the first course on Cognitive Therapy at the Brazilian Federation in 1991, in Maceió. He is a specialist in Cognitive Therapy at the Beck Institute, Philadelphia, USA. He was the founding President of the Brazilian Association of Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine (ABPMC), founding Vice-President of the Brazilian Society of Cognitive Therapies, later called the Brazilian Federation of Cognitive Therapies. He was also the founder of the Latin American Association of Cognitive Psychotherapies (ALAPCO), having served as its President in two occasions. More recently, he has focused on the study of mindfulness not only in private sessions but also in presentations at conferences and courses. The Brazilian Federation of Cognitive Therapies created an award named after him to give credibility to the best scientific introduction projects, undergraduate papers, specialization course monographs, master's degree theses, and doctoral dissertations defended in Brazil.

Bernard, the protagonist
By Eliane Mary de Oliveira Falcone and Helene de Oliveira Shinohara

In the last 20 years, one can observe a marked important growth in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in Brazil. This growth has occurred, in part, due to the profusion of research around the world attesting to the effectiveness of this approach, which has led to the status of reference treatment by the World Health Organization (Dobson and Dobson, 2010).

Another reason that has led to such development was the commitment of many Brazilian professionals dedicated to disseminating the theory and practice of CBT through teaching at universities, publications, organization of events, and extension or specialization courses. Among these, Bernard Pimentel Rangé stands out as the protagonist of the cognitive-behavioral movement in Brazil.

Son of a mother from Bahia and a father from Paris, Bernard was born in São Paulo, in 1945, moving to Rio de Janeiro with his family at the age of five. In 1971, he graduated in Psychology at PUC-Rio. His interest in behavioral therapy was influenced by a professor, Otávio Soares Leite, who led him to learn about Joseph Wolpe's works on systematic desensitization (Falcone and Rangé, 2014).

When Myriam Vallias joined PUC-Rio, a newcomer from Pennsylvania, Bernard had the opportunity to practice behavioral techniques and verify their effectiveness on his clients. Also, around this time, Bernard participated in the II Brazilian Psychological Society (SBP) Meeting, held in Ribeirão Preto, in October 1971, where he met distinguished scholars in behavior analysis, such as João Cláudio Todorov and Thereza Mettel, the latter being his advisor for his master's degree in 1975. During the 1990s, along with a group of therapists from Rio de Janeiro, he began to deepen his studies on cognitive therapy in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and personality disorders (Rangé, Falcone and Sardinha, 2007). In 2001 he completed his doctorate at the Graduate Program in Psychology/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (Falcone and Rangé, 2014).

Bernard began his teaching career at PUC in 1972, where he was the Coordinator of the Graduate Program of the Applied Psychology Service and Director of the Psychology Department at PUC-Rio from 1981 to 1985. He was admitted by public examination as a professor at UFRJ and later as a professor at the graduate program in the same university (Shinohara, interview in 2003). His experience as a professor, researcher, and supervisor of master's and doctoral research projects was essential in the formation of many professionals, masters, and doctors (Falcone and Rangé, 2014)..

In partnership with Harald Lettner, Bernard was the first to organize a book entitled Manual de Psicoterapia Comportamental (Manual of behavioral psychotherapy), published in Brazil in 1989 by Manole, which received contributions from several Brazilian and foreign authors. Later, in 1995, he organized two volumes entitled Psicoterapia Comportamental e Cognitiva (Behavioral and cognitive psychotherapy), edited by Editorial Psy and later by Artmed. In 2001, he organized a work entitled Psicoterapias Cognitivo-Comportamentais (Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies). The success reached by Um diálogo com a Psiquiatria (A dialogue with psychiatry) (Artmed) was so great that a second edition took place in 2011, with new themes. Another hugely successful book by Bernard was Vencendo o Pânico (Overcoming panic) (Rangé and Borba, 2008), published by Editora Cognitiva, with a version for the therapist and another for the patient. Several articles published in scientific journals also constituted an important contribution to the Brazilian scientific community.

Always seeking to promote and strengthen cognitive-behavioral therapy in Brazil, in 1991 Bernard led the foundation of the Brazilian Association of Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine (ABPMC), which allowed for the beginning of a wide dialogue between professionals from various cities in Brazil. With the contribution of some colleagues from Rio de Janeiro, he organized the 1st Brazilian Meeting on Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine, which took place in 1992 at UERJ (Rangé and Guilhardi, 1995). He was also a founding member of the Brazilian Federation of Cognitive Therapies (FBTC) in 1998. His ability to establish professional contacts took him beyond Brazilian meetings. So, in 2003, he became president of the Latin American Association of Cognitive Therapies (ALAPCO), repeating his mandate in 2011. Among the various congresses organized by Bernard and his colleagues, the most significant ones that took place in Rio de Janeiro were the V Latini Dies (1999) and the ALAPCO Congress (2012).

Bernard's contribution to strengthen CBT in Brazil and to the production of knowledge in the area cannot be expressed in this text. His popularity and charisma are not just the result of this incomparable curriculum. Virtues such as “entrepreneur”, “generous”, “friend” etc., affectionately attributed to him by colleagues, can help one understand why he is unanimously cherished by renowned professionals, both in Brazil and abroad.

Bernard was deservedly honored in 2001 at the ABPMC Congress and in 2013 at the FBTC Congress. Furthermore, even with all these constantly recognized merits, he has the greatness to be dazzled by the work of colleagues, with young students who are beginning to familiarize themselves with the new concepts of CBT. Bernard will characteristically say: “You need to know about the work of so-and-so. It's amazing!" This greatness, combined with the impressive energy of those who are always willing to learn, is what makes him unique..

These are the reasons why we consider him the protagonist of the history of CBT in Brazil. And all of us who know him are unanimous in saying that he is amazing!

References: Dobson, D. & Dobson, K.S. (2010). A terapia cognitivo-comportamental baseada em evidências. Porto Alegre: Artmed.
Falcone, E.M.F. & Rangé, B.P. (2014). O desenvolvimento da terapia cognitivo-comportamental no Rio de Janeiro. Disponível em
Rangé, B.P., Falcone, E. M. O. & Sardinha, A. (2007). História e panorama atual das terapias cognitivas no Brasil. Revista Brasileira de Terapias Cognitivas, 3, 53-68.
Rangé, B. & Guilhardi, H. (1995). História da psicoterapia comportamental e cognitiva no Brasil. Em: B. Rangé (Org.). Psicoterapia comportamental e cognitiva. Pesquisa, prática, aplicações e problemas (pp.55-69). Vol. 2. Campinas: Editorial Psy.
Shinohara, H. (2003). Conversando com Bernard Rangé. Paralelo Digital Produções audiovisuais.

About the Award

The Bernard Rangé Writing Award was instituted by the FBTC in 2013, with the main following objectives:
(1) Acknowledge the numerous contributions of Professor Bernard Rangé for the development of research and clinical practice in Contextual Cognitive Therapies in our country.
(2) Promote and encourage young researchers who reveal originality/innovation and relevance in the development of studies in Contextual Cognitive Therapies in Brazil.

Since its first edition, the Bernard Rangé Award has been held as a special award within the Brazilian Congress of Cognitive Therapies CBTC). Until 2019, the Award ceremony took place every two years, following the biennial frequency of the CBTC. As of 2021, it will have annual editions, following the new CBTC periodicity.

This is a writing Award, with one work being awarded in each of the five distinct categories, namely:

Scientific Introduction research
Undergraduate Final Paper
Academic Graduate Degree Final Paper
Master’s degree thesis
Doctoral dissertation.