Dates: Thursdays from January 5 to March 30, 2017 (no class on March 16)
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
This foundational course will provide students with a theoretical understanding of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), including its history and emergence in the field of psychotherapy. As we move through the 12-week course, students will learn the skills and therapeutic interventions to allow them to use CBT with children, youth, adults and special populations. Through a variety of teaching methods, including lecture, in-class demonstrations, small group work and role play, students will learn to assess clients’ presenting issues, find a strong therapeutic direction and apply skills such as cognitive restructuring, behavioural activation and psychoeducation.
In the final class, a panel of CBT therapists will talk about their experiences working from the CBT modality and address student questions.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Place CBT on a continuum of therapeutic approaches, identifying both its contributions and limitations.
- Engage in competent case conceptualization and formulation from a CBT perspective that sets a clear therapeutic path.
- Initiate and execute appropriate cognitive interventions central to CBT with proper judgment and competence.
- Initiate and execute behavioural interventions central to CBT with proper judgment and competence.
- Understand research trends in the CBT community and make this knowledge relevant to a therapeutic session.
- Critically consider the approach with individuals, couples, families, groups and other brief therapy constraints.
- Increase their confidence with their tactical skills, allowing them to engage clients quickly and effectively by structuring sessions, focusing the therapeutic interaction and having clients leave every session with something helpful.
This course is open to helping professionals of every kind across disciplines and worksites, including current graduate students.
For more information, visit the CBT Certificate page.