Full Course Description
Modules 1 - 4: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certification Training Course
- Apply evidence-based CBT techniques to multiple symptom sets to improve treatment outcomes.
- Choose methods for conducting CBT psychoeducation to elicit “buy in” from difficult clients.
- Point out, challenge and modify clients’ dysfunctional self-talk, thoughts and core beliefs to improve client level of functioning.
- Develop case conceptualization skills for treating DSM-5® diagnosis with CBT informed strategies.
- Implement rapport-building tools to improve the therapeutic alliance and client engagement.
- Evaluate behavioral activation strategies useful for improving treatment resistant depression.
- Develop strategies for treating depressive relapses to improve to improve client level of functioning.
- Implement cognitive behavioral methods to reduce intrusive, obsessive compulsive thoughts.
- Integrate strategies for impulse control to treat clients with substance use-disorders.
- Provide exposure and cognitive processing interventions to treat symptoms of PTSD and trauma.
- Utilize cognitive reprocessing for clients with PTSD in order to improve treatment outcomes.
- Implement CBT-informed symptom management strategies for personality disorders.
- Articulate the role of early maladaptive schemas in developing and maintaining chronic mental health conditions.
- Utilize schema-based strategies for breaking lifelong destructive behavioral cycles in clients.
- Determine eight motivations for parasuicidal behaviors and how to effectively intervene for each motivation.
- Establish how family dynamics are affected by an individual with Borderline Personality Disorder and identify strategies for improving family communication.
- Implement suicide assessment skills and compose accurate documentation in order to minimize risk and liability.
- Develop strategies to increase buy in with clients with substance abuse disorders.
- Identify and replace the demanding imperative of anger with more helpful preferences to improve treatment outcomes.
- Identify and examine the meanings given to unfulfilled demanding expectations as a strategy to reduce hurt and fear.
- Implement cognitive behavioral strategies in a group.
- Utilize techniques to enhance individual participation in group therapy.
- Efficiently ask questions to develop a comprehensive understanding of clients through the lens of the cognitive model.
- Identify the specific cognitive content of fear associated with individual anxiety disorders.
Master the Core Skills and Competencies of CBT
Foundations in CBT
- Evolution of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
- Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks
- Outcome Studies
- Third Wave Approaches
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Socialization to Treatment Model
- Establishment of Problem lists and Goals
The Therapeutic Relationship
- Establish Rapport
- Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance
- Case Formulation
- Collaborative Empiricism
- Sociotrophic and Autonomous Personality
- Identifying Underlying Beliefs
Key Components of CBT Practice
- Guided Discovery
- Collaborative Empiricism
Proficiency and Fidelity to the Model
- The Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale
CBT for Mood Disorders, Anger, Anxiety, PTSD, Substance Abuse and Group Settings
CBT for Mood Disorders
- Cognitive Model of Depression
- Behavioral Activation
- Sleep Hygiene
- Activity Monitoring & Scheduling Modify Negative Cognitions
- Bipolar Disorder
- Basic Principles
- Levels of Cognition
- The Downward Arrow Technique
- Identify & Evaluate Automatic Thoughts
- Eliciting & Labeling Distortions
Application to Clinical Practice
CBT for Anger
- Cognitive Model of Anger
- Role of Values & “Moral Resistance”
- Symptom Management
CBT for Anxiety
- Model Overview
- Appraisals and Restructuring Fear
- Exposure Strategies
Specific Anxiety Disorders
- Generalized Anxiety
- Panic Disorder
- Interoceptive Strategies
- Intrusive Thoughts
- Metacognitive Strategies
- Behavioral Experiments
CBT for PTSD
- Prolonged Exposure
- Cognitive Reprocessing
- Trauma Narratives
CBT for Substance Abuse
- Impulse Control Models
- Monitor Cravings & Resist Urges
- Relapse Prevention
- Application to Clinical Practice
- Case Studies/Role Plays
- Basic Principles
- Video Demonstration
Difficult Cases, Cluster B & C Personality Disorders
Overview of CBT for Challenging Cases
- Why are they challenging
- Adaptations in CBT
- Modified Expectations for the Therapist
- Early Maladaptive Schemas
- Breaking Destructive Behavioral Cycles
- Belief Modification Protocol
CBT for Cluster B Personality Disorders
CBT for Cluster C Personality Disorders
- Modifying Avoidant Schemas and Strategies
- Changing Dependent Beliefs and Behaviors
- OCPD: Interventions and Strategies
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Building Self-Esteem in Youth
-Cognitive Conceptualization of Self-Doubt
-Tools to gain self-confidence
-Replacing ineffective action with effective action
-Sustaining and growing self-confidence
- Apply evidence-based CBT principles to building self-confidence in youth to improve treatment outcomes.
- Communicate a youth cognitive conceptualization of their self-doubt in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
- Utilize effective behavior strategies for youth related problems to improve client level of functioning.
CBT For Couples
- Assessment of Couples Problems
- The cognitive model of couple dysfunction
- Building intimacy, communication, companionship
- Using marital questionnaires for assessment, intervention, and outcome
- Apply evidence-based CBT principles for repairing and fortifying relationships.
- Understand couples’ problems from a CBT perspective in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
- Utilize clinical strategies to identify and manage distorted thinking patterns in couples.