What is the course about?
The course is a practical introduction to CBT. It will provide an introduction to, and training in, some basic
techniques and ideas used in CBT. The course is aimed at counsellors and therapists. Whilst the focus of this
course is practical rather than theoretical, there will also be an opportunity to evaluate CBT in terms of how useful or otherwise it is for different modality trained counsellors and therapists.
What will we cover?
• What is CBT?
• Formulation in CBT
• Guided Discovery & Socratic Questioning
• Cognitive Techniques
• Behavioural Techniques
• CBT for Depression
• CBT for Panic
• CBT for Worry
• CBT for Anger
• Consolidating your CBT practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explain the use of CBT concepts such as cognitive techniques, behavioural techniques, guided discovery and formulation
• Use at least 3 of these techniques on yourself
• Assess in to what extent and with which clients you can use CBT with clients.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have a background in or good knowledge counselling or coaching and a strong interest in CBT. No
prior experience of CBT is required though a strong interest in practising it or integrating it into your practice is important.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will be a combination of lectures, small-group discussion, role plays, videos and whole group discussion.
The course will be structured in a way congruent with CBT, including requiring students to do homework using the
techniques between sessions, e.g doing a thought record. The tutor strongly recommends setting aside
at least 2 hours per week to carry out required homework tasks in order to get the most out of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should obtain a copy of the course reader:
Westbrook, D. Kennerley, H & Kirk, J. (2011) An introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Skills and
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
.You may be interested in one of our other professional development courses:
PT544 - Acceptance and commitment therapy for healthcare professionals
PT531 - Group Facilitation
PT556 - Working with two chairs
PT542 - Ways into working with couples
PT569 - Working therapeutically with masks
PT583 - Working with couples: an introduction
PT523 - Setting up a private counselling practice.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details