Intermediate Level: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy- Certificate
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Intermediate Level: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy- Certificate

Working with Dysfunctional Assumptions/Life Rules
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Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Dysfunctional Assumptions/Life Rules and the part they play in psychological distress
  • Distinguish between helpful and unhelpful Life Rules
  • How to identify your own unhelpful Life Rules
  • How to begin the process of replacing unhelpful Life Rules
  • Practice and implementation of behaviours associated with your new Life Rules
  • Consolidation of your new Life Rules
  • An understanding of the basics of CBT and specifically, how thinking errors work
  • Introduction to CBT course recommended (see my first Introductory course!!)
  • A good basic understanding of the English language

This course is a follow on from my Introduction to CBT and focuses on higher level understanding of CBT theory and practice, specifically looking at Dysfunctional Assumptions/Life Rules, their part in psychological distress, their development and how to amend unhelpful Life Rules.  This is an excellent course that takes the student to a higher level understanding of how CBT works.  The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in CBT and how it works, it is also suitable for people undergoing CBT, thinking about accessing CBT or for those who provide therapy for clients.  There is a free copy of my book: The Little Book of Thinking Errors (in downloadable pdf format) as a recap of Thinking Errors in CBT.

Who this course is for:
  • Anybody interested in CBT and how it works
  • People considering providing CBT or other therapy interventions for clients
  • People undergoing, or considering CBT as a treatment option
  • People working in social care or mental health related services
  • Teachers and instructors of therapeutic provision in general
Course content
Expand all 28 lectures 01:55:06
+ Introduction
4 lectures 16:37

Welcome to the course and thankyou for your purchase.  Please remember to ask questions, send me feedback, share your thoughts and feelings!  Thanks again.

Preview 06:50

For those that need it, here is a brief recap of the basics of CBT, especially in relation to thinking errors that play a part in psychological distress

Preview 04:01

Here is a brief overview of the main theory of CBT often referred to the Grand Theory of CBT and how it explains psychological distress.

Preview 02:42

This is a helpful narrated video/diagram showing how Negative Automatic Thoughts, Life Rules and Core Beliefs are related, and how they serve to cause and maintain psychological distress

Preview 03:04
+ Rules for Living, The Hows the Whys and the Wherefores
15 lectures 01:08:12

Here we start to look at examples of unhelpful Life Rules and how they can impact on us.

Examples of Life Rules and how they Impact us

More about the unhelpful Life Rules and how they impact on us.

More About Life Rules and How they Impact us

The more examples the better, can you identify with any of the unhelpful Life Rules discussed so far?

More Examples of Life Rules and Their Impact

When we evaluate others negatively, we often then fall into the habit of evaluating ourselves negatively and we feel dreadful as a result.

Negative Evaluation of Self, Others and the World

Life Rules, although beneath the surface of our immediate awareness are always having an impact on the thoughts we have on a day to day basis.  In this video, that relationship is explained.

How Unhelpful Life Rules Help Sustain Negative Thoughts

Begin to think about some of your family mottoes and sayings from the past and how these may have become Life Rules that are no longer serving you in the here and now.  This video explores some examples of family sayings.

Family Experiences and the Development of Life Rules

Here we begin the important process of evaluating the Life Rules that we have, sorting them into helpful and unhelpful, supportive and unsupportive etc.

Begin to Evaluate Life Rules

A vital part of the exploration of Life Rules is where we begin to look at the effects of the Life Rules that we have, here we look at the pro's and cons of each.

Explore the Pros and Cons of Our Life Rules

A typical task in CBT generally is where we ask clients to explore and list the costs and benefits of the thoughts they have, the Life Rules they live by and even the Core Beliefs that they have.

Cost and Benefits Task

Lots of questions to ask yourself, to consider and to ponder in relation to your Life Rules.

More Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Life Rules

Identifying your Life Rules is an essential part of the process in CBT.

Identifying Your Unhelpful Life Rules

Life Rules will have developed over many years and via many experiences, both good and bad, they dont disappear overnight, they can be stubborn, so we have to patiently persevere, whilst being kind to ourselves.

Be Patient With Yourself - Life Rules Can be Resistant to Change

Here we look at the work we need to do in identifying our Life Rules

Identifying Your Specific Life Rules from Observing Patterns

More work on exploring the impact of your Life Rules.

Questions to Help You Explore the Impact of Your Top 3 Life Rules Specifically

We have to full explore our Life Rules so that we understand them fully and how they impact on us, before we can give them the boot!

Further Exploration of Your Life Rules
+ Alternative Life Rules that are Fit for Purpose
9 lectures 30:17

This is the part of the course where the fun starts, we get to explore alternative Life Rules that are going to serve us better, they will be helpful, supportive, kind, reassuring, and above all fit for purpose!

Begin the Process of Exploring New Life Rules

Plenty of examples of more helpful, realistic, supportive, compassionate Life Rules.

Examples of More Helpful Life Rules

What? even more examples of Helpful Life Rules...the more the better.  Can you identify with any of these new Life Rules?  How do you think they would impact on you and the way you feel if you adopted them?

More Examples of Helpful Life Rules

Here is where we get to summarise, implement and practise our newly created Life Rules

Task for Summarising, Implementing and Practising New Life Rules

Out with the old and in with the new I always like to say, especially where old Life Rules that no longer serve us are concerned!

Changing Old Rules and Assumptions

More work on the summarising of those alternative Life Rules

Summarising the Helpful Alternatives

Here is a task using the Life Rules worksheet, which you can find in the final section of this course.

Task: Using the Life Rules Worksheet

Think of Life Rules as being similar to a list of company rules at a place of work, here you are tasked to think about their impact and what alternatives you can find.

Task: Evaluating the Company Rules (Example)

Thank you so much for taking this course, I am very grateful to you.  I hope you have found it useful and informative.  Please remember to give feedback!  My best to you.

Summary, Conclusion and Extra Resources