Psychology Online Education
Online Campus
Psychological Professionals


About the training:

This 2 day course has been developed to help participants gain knowledge and understanding of the cognitive behavioural approach to therapy. It will provide participants 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.


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”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.

Learning outcomes

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 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.

Target Audience

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, psychologists, GPs probation officers Prison wardens, , psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors, Addiction staff, 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.


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
  • 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:
  • Identify your own irrational beliefs
  • Distinguish between irrational and rational beliefs
  • Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy negative emotions
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) 

 Behavioural Interventions

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

 Cognitive Techniques and Skills

  • CBT and the counselling relationship
  • Key CBT microskills
  • Understanding and applying cognitive techniques
  • The Daily Record of Dysfunctional Thoughts (DRDT)

CBT for Depression, Relationships, Addictions & Anxiety

  • A cognitive perspective on Depression, relationships and Addictions.
  • 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.

Course methodology

The workshop is designed to be interactive and participatory, and includes various pedagogical tools to enable the participants to operate effectively and efficiently in a multifunctional environment. The course is based on presentations, role playing and group exercises, experience sharing in roundtable discussions, as well as team exercises and group debriefs.


Certificate will be awarded  from Psychology Academy on successful completion of the 2 days.

 Training time

Training starts at 09:00 and ends at 17.00.


Tea, coffee, snacks and a buffet lunch are provided and included in the fee.


If you are travelling for training and need to stay overnight, we can provide recommendations and in some cases special rates for local hotels. Please contact the training team for details.

Venue:   Hyatt Regency Hotel Dubai.


Mr John Crimmins:

Founder / Director Psychology Academy

Founder / Director Kildare Street Clinic Eating Disorder Service

Expert guest lecturers will provide inputs  on CBT for Depression, Relationships, Addictions & Anxiety