Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Certification
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has emerged as one of the most effective treatments for a wide range of psychological problems. By helping a client understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviours interact to maintain faulty patterns of thinking, CBT assists them in developing a more constructive approach to problem solving and life in general.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the theory underlying CBT, the counselling skills that underpin good therapeutic practice and how to implement specific CBT techniques in the treatment of depression, anxiety and other common mental health problems.
You Will Learn:
- What is meant by the term “cognitive behavioural therapy” (CBT) and the underlying principles that guide CBT practitioners.
- How counselling works to promote change and the basic counselling skills every therapist needs to develop.
- How to develop listening skills that promote client disclosure and how to communicate empathy.
- How to help clients identify their irrational beliefs and how the ABC model is used to guide CBT.
- How to formulate a case and plan CBT sessions.
- How to select and implement CBT tools such as journaling, behavioural experiments and challenging maladaptive thoughts.
- How to use CBT techniques to help someone overcome depression and resume engagement with day-to-day life.
- How to use CBT techniques to reduce the impact of a client’s anxiety, overcome panic attacks and conquer phobias.
- How thoughts, feelings and behaviours cause and maintain insomnia, and how CBT can help a client resume a normal sleeping pattern.
- An overview of two therapies based on CBT – Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) – and the client populations most likely to benefit from them.
Benefits Of Taking This Course
- You will learn how CBT and psychotherapy in general work to alleviate mental distress.
- You will gain insight into a number of common mental health conditions, which is useful for anyone working in, or looking to work in, a caring profession.
- You will discover how faulty cognition and maladaptive behaviours maintain mental distress, which will enable you to help yourself and others adopt more effective coping methods.
- Your knowledge will give you the confidence to decide whether a career as a CBT therapist is right for you.
- You can study from any location with an internet connection.
- Learn the material at any time and at your own pace.
- Lifetime access to the course – no deadlines.
- Obtain a recognised certification when completing the course, which will improve your career prospects.
- A brief overview of what is meant by the term “CBT”
- An overview of the most common counselling approaches in modern therapy
- The context of CBT, including the research and psychological approaches underlying CBT
- The interplay of thoughts, emotions and actions as conceptualised by CBT practitioners
- Why basic counselling skills are the foundation of good practice, regardless of the therapeutic approach used
- The role of the therapeutic alliance and how it differs from friendships and other professional relationships
- Why therapists must maintain appropriate boundaries between themselves and a client and the consequences of poor boundary-setting
- The importance of listening and the differences between passive and active listening
- Why therapy is most effective when a therapist is in a state of congruence
- How to demonstrate congruent behaviour
- How to empathise with a client’s difficulties and position
- What is meant by an ethical code and how they are used to guide the therapy process
- How to conduct a client consultation and formulate a case
- The components of a good case formulation and how it should be used to guide a therapist’s choice of techniques
- How the ABC model can be used to help a client understand how their beliefs are maintaining their state of distress
- How to help a client identify their irrational beliefs
- Why you need to understand the components that make up an effective CBT session
- Material that should be addressed within the first few minutes of a session
- How to review homework and provide constructive feedback
- How to set and implement a suitable agenda for the session
- How to help a client challenge their negative thoughts using thought records and diaries
- The most common cognitive distortions seen in CBT practice
- How to help a client overcome resistance with regards to changing their thoughts
- The STOPP technique and how it can help a client live with negative thoughts
- How behavioural experiments can be used to challenge a client’s thoughts and feelings
- The various types of behavioural experiments used to help clients address their fears and overcome maladaptive thoughts
- How exposure and response prevention techniques can help a client overcome compulsive behaviours
- Why encouraging a client to imagine the worst-case scenario can help lower their CBT is currently the type of talking treatment most commonly offanxiety levels
- The symptoms of depression and why it is the most commonly seen problem in contemporary CBT practice
- The typical thought patterns that present in cases of depression and how these cognitive distortions affect a client’s feelings and behaviours
- Why people with depression have problems enjoying activities and how CBT can help them re-engage with life
- The various types of anxiety disorders and how a client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours can maintain the symptoms
- The signs of pathological anger and why it warrants careful management
- What happens in the body when someone experiences extreme anger and why it is useful to explain this process to a client
- The thoughts, feelings and behaviours underlying pathological anger
- How to help a client challenge their thoughts, feelings and behaviour to reduce their anger
- How early CBT paradigms laid the basis for other variations now in popular use
- An overview of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and its key indications
- The specific skills and techniques a therapist needs to implement DBT
- An overview of Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT) and how it can be used to trigger positive change in clients
Who can take the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 10 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 10 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 10 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 14 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.