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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Diploma

Centre of Excellence Online Ltd
Course summary
150 hours
122.50 GBP excl. VAT
English
Online courses
Professional Training
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Course description

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a popular form of psychotherapy that's widely used by psychologists, counsellors and mental health clinicians. It has become the treatment of choice for many disorders. Depression, anxiety and problems with anger can all be treated, due to the sound empirical basis for its effectiveness.

This CBT Course begins with the history of the fields it belongs to: cognitive psychology and behavioural psychology.

From here, you will go on to familiarise yourself with psychological theories of emotions. You'll learn about how feelings are experienced on a physiological level. And then you'll see how the way we experience emotions is influenced by our thought processes and our behaviour.

Many CBT techniques work to target thoughts that influence our emotions. As a CBT counsellor, it is important to understand the process of change one undergoes. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Diploma Course outlines the stages of change. It also examines the motivations behind making changes.

If your intention is to ultimately work as a counsellor, you will need to not only understand the techniques used, but what the job entails. You'll also need to become accustomed to the skills needed. This course outlines the personal and counselling-specific skills you'll need to embody the role. It goes over the counselling process itself, and the professional and ethical constraints you must adhere to. It also digs into how to look after your personal mental and emotional wellbeing.

To further deepen your understanding of counselling, you will explore the history of psychology. This will provide a greater understanding of human feelings, abilities and personalities. You'll study the following counselling approaches developmental psychology, psychotherapy and humanism. Rounding out your knowledge of the theories behind counselling, you will be guided through the principles of CBT. In this way, you'll see how it can be used to challenge negative thought patterns and install new, positive behaviours.

The course takes you through the practical application of CBT in counselling. It starts off with how to plan a session with your client, and gives tips on how you set take-away tasks for clients to complete outside of session time.

From here, youll move onto some basic cognitive behaviour techniques. These include identifying and challenging automatic thoughts, altering cognitive distortions, thought stopping, and challenging core beliefs.

The symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, insomnia and anger management are detailed in full. You'll learn the specific advanced CBT intervention technique you can offer clients suffering from each of them too. The course also explains Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Solution-focused Brief Therapy. These are two CBT variants. In each, the reasons behind the new approach are explained, along with how it differs from CBT and a brief overview of its structure.

The CBT Course concludes by leading you through two case studies. You can reflect on ideas as they arise and test your newly-acquired CBT knowledge.

In addition to written materials, the course includes the following 4 videos, presented by a CBT Therapist. These cover some of the practical aspects of working with clients:

  • Introduction to CBT
  • Client Considerations
  • Client Consultation
  • End of the Session

Upon completion of this course, students will have developed an understanding of the following:

  • Various counselling approaches
  • The process of change
  • Professional considerations
  • Core CBT concepts
  • Basic cognitive behavioural techniques
  • Advanced techniques for specific applications
  • Variations of CBT

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.


Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.


This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.


Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

The Quality Licence Scheme is a leading national Awarding Organisation. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.

Training Course Content

Module 1: What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Module 2: Human Emotions

Module 3: Levels of Change

Module 4: Counselling Skills I

Module 5: Counselling Skills II

Module 6: Counselling Skills III

Module 7: Counselling Approaches

Module 8: Introduction to CBT Principles

Module 9: Planning a CBT Session

Module 10: Basic Cognitive Behaviour Techniques

Module 11: CBT Techniques Continued

Module 12: CBT Applications: Depression

Module 13: CBT Applications: Anxiety

Module 14: CBT Applications: Phobias

Module 15: CBT Applications: Insomnia

Module 16: CBT Applications: Anger Management

Module 17: CBT Variation I

Module 18: CBT Variation II

Module 19: Case Study I

Module 20: Case Study II

Module 21: Course Assessment

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