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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic model that aims to change dysfunctional emotions, ineffective behaviors and thought processes through a number of goal-oriented, and systematic procedures. CBT is “solution focused” and “action oriented” The therapy is more concerned with the “here and now” as opposed to the “there and then”, in other words it is more concerned with what the client can do to change in the present rather than looking back at the past. CBT has been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including anxiety, personality disorders , eating disorders, Addiction, Substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. The therapy is evidence based and has been researched extensively. In children or adolescents, CBT can be effective for depression, anxiety disorders; body dysmorphic disorder; suicidality;eating disorders and obesity;obsessive–compulsive disorder; and posttraumatic stress disorder; Mainstream cognitive behavioral therapy works from the premise that changing negative thought patterns leads to positive and more effective emotions and and behavior, Therapists use CBT techniques to help individuals challenge their self defeatingpatterns and negative self beliefs. The therapist will create a strong therapeutic alliance which will allow the challenging of destructive thought process such as catastrophizing, overgeneralizing, magnifying negatives, minimizing positives and replace these “with more realistic and effective thoughts, thus decreasing emotional distress and self-defeating behaviour. This 6 month course has been developed to help students gain knowledge and understanding of the cognitive behavioural approach to therapy. It will provide students with basic and intermediate CBT skills and competence in the principles of assessment and case formulation, as well as the appropriate use of Cognitive and Behavioural interventions.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an evidence-based knowledge and understanding of the theory and principles of CBT.
  • Demonstrate skills in therapeutic engagement and developing a therapeutic alliance.
  • Display knowledge of the two main types of CBT models: Beck’s cognitive therapy and Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.
  • Display an understanding of ‘cognitions’ in a way which is meaningful for, and relevant to, the client and to explain the concept ofautomatic thoughts and images.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how assumptions can become self-fulfilling.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the core beliefswhich undermine the client’s self-worth.
  • Recognise and explain the consequences of catastrophisation or self condemnation in the context of low mood.
  • Have an ability to identify any dysfunctional cognitions, especially self-defeating thoughts relating to lack of client progress.
  • Understand basic assessment and case formulation skills.
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of the procedures used in a range of cognitive and behavioural techniques and a conceptual understanding of their rationale.
  • Recognize the ethical issues involved in the Practise of CBT.
  • Recognize boundaries, limits and ethical codes in the practise of CBT..

Please note that this Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural therapy does not provide a qualification in the full range of skills and knowledge required to practise CBT. This can be achieved by successful completion of additional training. However, the Diploma in CBT will provide students with a solid foundation for further professional development if they wish to become CBT therapists

Entry Requirements

The course is for those who have no previous formal training in CBT.

The course is designed for people who have an interest in CBT. This can include mental health staff in a range of different professions including Nurses, probation officers Prison wardens, psychologists, GPs, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors, Drugs workers, social workers, occupational therapists, counselling and psychology students. The course is also ideal for anyone who would like to gain an understanding of CBT to support them in personal development issues No formal educational qualifications are necessary to participate.

Course Delivery and Assessment.

The course is delivered completely online through our learning Management System. Each unit comprises reading material, short videos, and slide presentations. You must successfully complete the exam in order to proceed to the next unit. There are two written assignments for this course to be submitted at the end of Unit 3 and end of 6. You will find a list of assignment questions to select from in the link titled Assignment questions. The questions are straight forward and relate directly to the reading material.

Course Content

What is cognitive-behavioural therapy?

  • Historical background and development of CBT: Overview of contextual development of cognitive-behavioural approaches.
  • What happens in CBT?
  • What conditions can CBT treat?
  • Why is CBT an effective therapy?
  • Beck’s Cognitive therapy model and concepts such as cognitive triad, downward arrow technique, cognitive distortions, schemas, NATs, Intermediate beliefs, core beliefs, etc.
  • Identify, evaluate and respond to automatic thoughts, cognitive distortions, intermediate, and core beliefs.

The basics of cognitive-behavioural therapy

  • Classical and Operant conditioning
  • Social modelling
  • Behavioural techniques and methods
  • The impact of cognitions and emotions on one’s own experience
  • Cognitive methods and techniques
  • The nature of automatic thoughts
  • Evaluating automatic thoughts
  • Patterns in automatic thoughts
  • Identifying distortions in automatic thoughts
  • Rules and assumptions
  • Core beliefs

CBT approaches to behavioural change

  • Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy
  • Gender stereotyping, Gender & the media
  • The basic philosophy and fundamental principles of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy:
    1. Goals
    2. Applications
    3. Therapeutic style
    4. Types of beliefs
    5. Process of therapy
  • Identify your own irrational beliefs
  • Distinguish between irrational and rational beliefs
  • Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy negative emotions

Behavioural Interventions

  • Self-monitoring
  • Exposure therapy
  • Relaxation methods
  • Progressive Relaxation and applied relaxation
  • Systematic Desensitization
  • Exposure therapy
  • Assertiveness training
  • Behavioural experiments
  • Behavioural activation
  • Behavioural experiments

Cognitive Techniques and Skills

  • CBT and the counselling relationship
  • Key CBTmicroskills
  • Understanding and applying cognitive techniques
  • The Daily Record of Dysfunctional Thoughts (DRDT)
  • The Downward Arrow Technique
  • The Dysfunctional Attitude Scale
  • Socratic questioning and guided discovery

Application of CBT for Depression, Relationships and Addictions

  • A cognitive perspective on Depression, relationships and Addictions.
  • Mind reading in relationships, misreading the signals. The role of expectations in relationships. Symbolism in relationships. The negative effects of prejudicial thinking. Changing our perspective. Effective listening.
  • Identifying relations between thoughts, moods and behaviours, Questioning and evaluating negative automatic thoughts, Identifying and correcting cognitive distortions. Recording thoughts. Targeting assumptions and beliefs. Behavioural experiments.

CBT for Anxiety

  • The symptoms of anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Psychosocial fears
  • Generalised anxiety disorde
  • The problem of egocentric thinking
  • The hostility sequence
  • Self-esteem, self-image and CBT
  • Self-esteem, anger and hostility

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