What is the course about?
This course provides an introduction to 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. The two key CBT concepts are that what you think affects how you feel, and that what you do affects how you feel.
What will we cover?
The course will cover such topics as: using a five-part model; activity monitoring and scheduling; cognitive restructuring; thinking traps, guided discovery and behavioural experiments.
What will I achieve?
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 five key techniques
- Be able to use at least three 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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in one of our other counselling courses: CBT for therapists and counsellors (PT548); CBT for low self-esteem (PG711); Positive Psychology and Happiness (PG658); Introduction to Gestalt counselling (PC403/PC412); Mindfulness and the person-centred approach (PC413); Introduction to psychodynamic counselling (PC402); An introduction to the unconscious (PC414); Introduction to transactional analysis (PC406); Introduction to psychosynthesis (PC407).
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