Brief Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is CBT?

The philosophy underpinning CBT is that a person learns to act and think in certain ways as a result of their lifetime experiences and how they perceive those experiences. This learning is a life-long process. People experiencing stress and anxiety with marked avoidance behaviour (i.e. behaviour that postpones an anxiety evoking event and can lead to handicaps in every day life), can change their way of behaving by becoming more outgoing and combat their fears with the help of CBT.


This course covers the theory and practice of brief cognitive-behavioural therapy. Some of the topics included are agenda setting, thinking errors (ie cognitive distortions), downward arrow, the importance of homework assignments, and the use of daily thought records/dysfunctional thought forms. These issues and techniques and their application to the treatment of addiction, stress, depression, phobias and anxiety are also covered. Participants will have the opportunity to learn some of these techniques through online quizzes and assessment.


To provide an introduction to the theory and practice of brief cognitive-behaviour therapy (BCBT) with particular emphasis on briefer time-limited engagements with clients.


This course will help participants to:
• Understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours
• Distinguish between thoughts and feelings
• Learn the main features of CBT practice
• Gain practice in teaching the cognitive model
• Undertake a problem assessment
• Develop skills in eliciting and examining negative automatic thoughts (NATS) and developing alternative responses to them
• Gain practice in homework negotiation  


Each person who successfully completes this course in theory and process of Brief Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will receive a certificate issued by our sister company coAim and signed by the appropriate professional course tutor. This certificate can be used to show evidence of course completion and for Continuing Professional Development requirements.

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