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الخميس، 21 أكتوبر، 2010

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Course

CERTIFICATE IN COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY

NEW COURSE STARTING IN FEBRUARY 2011
APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW

This CBT training programme introduces students to the cognitive behavioural model of therapy, both in terms of theoretical underpinnings and foundation practise skills.
The CBT course consists of 10 days of training (70 hours), taught at weekends, starting in February 2011 in Belfast. The course is eminently practical, aimed at professionals working in a broad range of health and social care settings.
Students will learn through lectures, experiential exercises, small groups, video and audio demonstrations of real clients, role-play and skills practice exercises.
This CBT training programme has been designed to provide students with skills and competence in the principles of assessment and case formulation, as well as the appropriate use of Cognitive and Behavioural interventions.
This course will contribute towards meeting the minimum training requirements of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) for accreditation.
Entry Requirements
The course is designed for mental health professionals including psychologists, GPs, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, counselling and psychology students, or any other person with relevant experience in dealing with mental health issues even if they don't have formal qualifications.
The course is for those who have none or a minimal amount of previous formal training in CBT.
Contents of the Certificate in CBT
The course will cover the following topics:
1. Historical background and development of CBT: Overview of contextual development of cognitive-behavioural approaches; evaluative research and current status; contemporary issues and developments.
2. Learning theory and research: Classical and Operant conditioning; social modelling; the application of behavioural principles to therapeutic practice; behavioural techniques and methods; impact of cognitions and emotions on personal experience; cognitive methods and techniques.
3. Assessment, Diagnosis and Case formulations:
DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for a range of problems; validity and reliability of relevant psychometric tools to use in assessment and structured interviews.
4. The goals and experience of therapy: Goals of cognitive behavioural therapies; relationship between therapist and client; the client's experience in cognitive behavioural counselling.
5. Levels of interventions: Theory and practice of the following interventions:
A. Behavioural Interventions: Relaxation methods (Progressive Relaxation training, Applied Relaxation); Systematic Desensitization, Exposure therapy, Imaginal Exposure, assertiveness training, behavioural experiments, response prevention, interoceptive training, behavioural activation, etc.
B. Cognitive Interventions: Identify and modify dysfunctional cognitions, Socratic questioning, downward-arrow technique, challenging core beliefs, thought records, cognitive distortions, problem solving strategies, cost-benefit analysis, imaginal techniques, etc.
6. The evidence base: Outcome and process research; research and recommendations in key practice
domains e.g. depression, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, etc

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