Cognitive-behaviour therapy (HLSC 300)

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.

Subject Code

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; and
  • apply the theory, skills and strategies learned in their practice.


$1689.00 (as of Fall semester 2021)

Textbook not included in tuition fee. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.


At registration, submit copies of

  • current CV,
  • transcripts, and
  • documentation of current registration in your profession
  • Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent.

    Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration but may be requested by Douglas College.

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

Greenberger, D. & Padesky, C. A. (1995). Mind Over Mood:Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think. New York: The Guilford Press.

Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.

Instruction Method

Interactive online course in Blackboard

Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.


Grade will be assessed on completion of

  • participation
  • learning and research activities
  • clinical practice sheets
  • term paper


Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).

Students who successfully complete a CEHS Certificate Program will receive a credential through the Graduation Office, in the form of a certificate.

A letter of successful course completion for individual or grouped CEHS courses is available, but please allow 3-5 business days after placing a request with the CE-HS Program Assistant. 

An official Douglas College transcript can be ordered via my Account.

Completion Timeframe

6 months (200 hours) from course start date

A Continuing Education course certificate is issued on successful completion.

Registration and course start

Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.

Calendar - Registration dates & deadlines.