This course will build on CBT 1 - Certificate in CBT Level 3 to further enhance skills. Emphasis is on the development of self-awareness and critical reflections and knowledge of CBT. Working with beginnings, middles and endings as a therapeutic process is investigated within the context of working with clients. Developing a professional and ethical practice is at the heart of this course.

CBT is founded on the premise that interpretations are fundamental in determining how an individual feels, behaves, acts or ‘reacts’. This will vary from person to person - and is based on individual differences - in genetic make-up, personality, early life experiences and personal history.

It is not the event itself that gives rise to an individual’s feelings, but the way the event is interpreted or appraised. This is at the heart of Beck’s cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Where beliefs and thought patterns are maladaptive and negative, interpretations will be skewed and distorted as well. This can lead to various problems – upset, distress, emotional disorders, social, behavioural and relationship difficulties (e.g. depression, anxiety or phobias, marital discord, violence and hostility, addictions, eating disorders and so on).

As was stated in the previous course, CBT is founded on three main assumptions:

  • Feelings and behaviours are directly affected by the way a person think
  • Negative and unrealistic patterns of thinking give rise to emotional disorder
  • Altering negative, unrealistic thought patterns can reduce emotional disturbance or distr

So maladaptive thinking is ‘learned’ and can be ‘unlearned’ and changed.

  • CBT aims to alleviate emotional distress by confronting and challenging errors in thinking.
  • It does this by identifying and exploring the way the client interprets a ‘negative’


  • It then highlights any cognitive errors: misconceptions, faulty analyses, distortions in thinking and personal ‘blind spots’.
  • These are challenged and their validity tested against objective reality.

In this lesson we review the theory related to Beck’s cognitive behavioural therapy. The rest of the course will then focus on the practical application of CBT (applying the tools, techniques, strategies and skills associated with the three stages of CBT). These will be used to assist the counsellor as she works with a range of issues and concerns, including: stress, depression, anxiety, phobias, anorexia and bulimia nervosa, addictions and anger management.


Who is this course for?

This course is likely to benefit someone already with a counselling background who wishes to extend their knowledge by studying a therapeutic approach. It is the follow on course to our Certificate in CBT - Level 3 for those who want to continue their studies. CBT has currently great popularity in organisations such as the NHS and has been used to good effect by occupational health functions in Managing Absence at Work.

CBT 2 Diploma in CBT

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