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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Overview, Strategies, And Interventions for Common Clinical Presentations and Problems

Author: Scott H Waltman, PsyD, ABPP
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Course Created: 2021

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 4 hours
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Course Summary

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is commonly regarded as the gold standard of psychotherapy; this assertion is based on the vast and thorough research base supporting CBT including evidence that it has been widely and successfully implemented. This means that CBT is a reliable therapy found to work well in real-world settings for a host of problems and presentations. This learning material is designed for psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists who wish to improve their CBT practice to be more effective with their difficult to treat clients or to learn new interventions to add to their toolbox. The true power of a CBT therapist is in knowing how and where to intervene. This course provides information necessary to form individualized case conceptualizations and helps clinicians be more strategic with their interventions. The learning material first reviews the basic components of the model and then applies those principles to real world cases to illustrate how to use it with clients.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the theoretical underpinnings of CBT, including how to create a cognitive behavioral case conceptualization.
  • Identify where the strategic intervention point is in that conceptualization.
  • Describe the self-monitoring phase of CBT and the core CBT interventions.
  • Recognize CBT strategies to treat different clinical presentations including depression, anxiety, social phobia, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Course Syllabus

The Generic Cognitive Model of CBT
Levels of Cognition
            Core Beliefs
            Compensatory Strategies
            Rules and Assumptions
            Cognitive Filters
Connecting the CBT Case Conceptualization and the Treatment Plan
Creating A CBT Case Conceptualization
Drawing out the Cycle
            Drawing out the Cycle Form
Demonstrating the CBT Model with Self-Monitoring
            Increasing Self-Awareness of Thoughts
            Increasing Self-Awareness of Emotions
            Increasing Self-Awareness of Behaviors
            Example with a Behavior: Behavioral Activation
Session Structure
Core Interventions
            Socratic Questioning
Thought records
Behavioral Experiments
            Hypothesis A/Hypothesis B
Problem Solving
            Behavior Modification
            Acceptance-Based Approaches
Cultural Considerations
CBT for specific presentations
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Social Phobia
Panic Disorder
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