Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most well known technique in counselling and is particularly effective when working with clients suffering from anxiety and depression. Understanding how to work with people and deal with common mental problems using CBT is a very useful skill for anyone working in a counselling occupation.
|Study time:||120 hours|
|Enrolment length:||12 months|
|Course format:||Paper based pack|
|Assignments:||6 written tasks|
|Entry requirements:||None specific|
Unit 1: Introduction to CBT
CBT works on the assumptions that thoughts, emotions and behaviour are linked and so any distress is likely to be caused by the way that we think about and interpret certain situations. In other words, people ‘feel the way they think and, as such, CBT aims to help people think in a more positive manner in order to act in a more positive manner.
Unit 2: Outline of CBT
As with any kind of therapy, the relationship in a CBT context is absolutely vital. The skills of the therapist here are also crucial because this is a specific kind of therapy which requires a specialist knowledge base. This unit will introduce the concept of the therapeutic relationship and then continue to examine what kind of skills will be applied when sessions are carried out.
After this, we will examine the components of a session in more detail and bring special focus to what the CBT assessment involves, as this is a vital part of the CBT process. We will then define what is meant by ‘self-concept’ and what its relevance is to CBT both in theory and in practice.
Unit 3: Strategies when applying therapy
This unit will further explore the types of assessment that we looked at briefly in the previous one and you will hopefully be able to further appreciate the unique approach of CBT compared to other types of therapy.
After this, we will look at a specific case study, where you will be given the opportunity to apply some of what you have learnt with regards to questioning and the types of thinking patterns that those who present for CBT tend to have. This is a useful chance to check your understanding of the course materials so far and see if there may be anything that you need to go back to and look at again.
Unit 4: Physiology and depression
When working with clients who are having problems that may possibly have a biological influence as well as a psychological one, it is important that the therapist has a basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology that might be influencing their condition(s). This unit, therefore, aims to give a thorough explanation of the central nervous system and we will look at how drugs affect it because many clients who receive therapy for depression and anxiety related issues are also taking medication to help control their condition.
We will closely examine depression, as this is a very common issue with which people present for CBT and we will look at what the biological and psychological explanations for depression might be as well as what kind of treatments clients will be offered. Finally, we will discuss how CBT can help with depression with an opportunity to look at a case study.
Unit 5: Personality Disorders
This unit of the course will focus on personality disorders, so firstly we will take a look at what these include. Personality disorders can be quite difficult to classify on their own as many of their associated symptoms overlap with others, as you will see. However, broadly speaking, this type of disorder sees sufferers have long-lasting behaviours that deviate from what are considered to be social norms.
In order to see how personality disorders are classified, we will need to look in more detail at this process because there is a big possibility that, if you have a client with a personality disorder, their care will be shared by one or more other agencies.
Unit 6: Psychological Disorders
Psychological problems can manifest themselves in many ways and this unit will take a look at some of the most common ones that you are likely to come across as a CBT practitioner. It is important that as practitioners, we fully understand how psychological problems can completely overtake someone’s life and so gaining an understanding of them will ensure that we can employ empathy more effectively within sessions.
Firstly we will look at anxiety and discuss its prevalence within the UK as well as some of its causes and how CBT can help sufferers to overcome or control it. After which we will consider obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which is often a misunderstood condition. Many believe that this just involves having a tendency to want to keep things tidy and neat but this is not the case and we will examine what the condition actually comprises.