Introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy

Learn about how this focused, short term therapy aims to enable clients to change unhelpful thinking and behaviour. You may also gain greater self awareness.

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1 week

10:30 - 17:30

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Full fee: £59
Senior fee: £59
Concession: £26

KS - Keeley Street

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What is the course about?

This course explores Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which has become one of the main models for counselling in recent years especially in the NHS. Evidence shows it is effective in helping with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Two key CBT ideas are : what you think affects how you feel, and what you do affects how you feel. In this course you will discover ten key CBT ideas. The course is practical as well as theory-based and will include step-by-step procedures of the stages in CBT.

What topics will we cover?

The programme will include the following:
10 key CBT Ideas
Practical techniques such as thought records and behavioural experiments.
Case studies and illustrations.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

State three things that are distinctive about CBT as a form of counselling
Name at least 3 key CBT ideas and principles.
Be able to use at least 3 CBT techniques.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is introductory level and is aimed at students who have little or no knowledge of CBT. It is also suitable for trainee and practising counsellors who want to know more about CBT. It is not a substitute for therapy itself; rather it is a general introduction to CBT.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught using the aid of handouts and case studies. It will also include discussions and work in small groups.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a pen and make sure you arrive on time as the course covers a lot of material. It would be helpful, but not essential, to have read a primer to CBT such as Greenburger & Padesky, Mind over Mood or Melanie Fennell’s Overcoming Low Self-Esteem.

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What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made. As the course is a one-day course there is no marked work. However the course will include quizzes which will help you assess your progress. You will also have the opportunity to talk to the tutor about your level of understanding and suitable next steps.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses. Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in one of our other counselling courses:

CBT for person-centred counsellors (PT548)
CBT for low self-esteem (PG711)
Introduction to existential counselling (PC404)
Positive Psychology and Happiness (PG658)
Habits of highly effective living (PG614)
Personal Development through Philosophy (PG646)
Introduction to neuro-linguistic programming (PC400)
Introduction to Gestalt counselling (PC403/PC412)
Mindfulness and the person-centred approach (PC413)
Introduction to drama therapy (PC410)
Introduction to psychodynamic counselling (PC402)
An introduction to the unconscious (PC414)
Introduction to transactional analysis (PC406)
Introduction to psychosynthesis (PC407).

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