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Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Course name

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Course description This online course covers the main theoretical concepts and interventions of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), including therapeutic approaches, intervention techniques, CBT skills and strategies, and the use of CBT as an evidence-based treatment approach for individuals with certain mental health disorders. The course also addresses the application of CBT theoretical principles to clinical practice.
This course is designed for professionals working in the mental health field, including therapists, nurses, counsellors, social workers and psychologists.
Course number HLSC 300
Learning objectives By the end of this course, students will
  • understand the principles and theory of CBT
  • understand how to develop positive therapeutic relationships, and develop their own style for introducing clients to CBT
  • understand the general structure of therapy and the CBT therapist role
  • understand measures of client thoughts, feelings and mood
  • apply the theory, skills and strategies learned in their practice


Textbooks not included.

Prerequisites At registration, submit copies of
  • Current CV
  • Transcripts
  • Documentation of current registration in your profession
Course content
  • Introduction to theory, principles and goals of CBT
  • Client orientation to CBT
  • Structure of CBT sessions
  • Cognitive distortions: thoughts/moods/behaviours
  • Thought records and journals
  • CBT skills and strategies
  • CBT and individuals with depression, anxiety, and “other” problems
Learning resources Padesky, C. A. & Greenberger, D. (1995). Clinician’s Guide to Mind Over Mood. New York: The Guilford Press.
Greenberger, D. & Padesky, C. A. (1995). Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think. New York: The Guilford Press.
Instruction method
  • Interactive online course in Blackboard
Assignments and due dates Grade will be assessed on completion of
  • participation
  • learning and research activities
  • clinical practice sheets
  • term paper
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60 percent.
Completion timeframe 6 months (200 hours) from registration date
A Continuing Education course certificate is issued on successful completion.

Registration info: cehs@douglascollege.ca

Download the CBT Registration Form(pdf)