Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched, and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and strategies involved in using CBT. Participants will gain an understanding of which populations tend to benefit the most from CBT, and will be equipped with many strategies and tools that can be practically applied in their work.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Theory Behind CBT
  • CBT Guiding Principles
  • Who Tends to Respond Well to CBT
  • Case Conceptualization and CBT
  • How to Structure the Counselling Process
  • Skills for Restructuring Cognitive Distortions
  • Strategies and Tools for Thinking Differently
  • Strategies and Tools for Behaving Differently
  • The Role of “Homework” in CBT

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, and anyone wanting to gain increased capacity in counselling skills.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the definition of CBT and how this model differs from other counselling frameworks
  • Identify which problems are most conducive to CBT, and those that are less suitable for CBT
  • Describe how to develop an effective therapeutic relationship
  • Explain and implement a structured assessment and intervention process
  • Assist clients to identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs
  • Practice key behavioural and problem-solving interventions
  • Understand the challenges and limitations of using this model