The ultimate guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - CBT
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The ultimate guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - CBT

Learn how cognitive behavioral therapy is used to address depression anxiety trauma PTSD and negative behavior
4.7 (135 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,284 students enrolled
Created by Daniel Badillo
Last updated 4/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 62 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Develop an understanding of CBT principles and how they can be applied to address anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
  • Identify specific negative thinking patterns and cognitive distortions.
  • Improve well-being and mood using evidence based strategies.
  • Apply CBT principles in therapy and in other mental health settings.
  • Increase positive thinking and improve satisfaction with self and life.
  • The origin and history of CBT
  • The structure of CBT and who uses it
  • Basic understanding of common psychological terminology is suggested

This course explores the main aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and provides a general overview of the topic. After an introduction, the following topics are discussed in individual lectures:

  • An outline of the course

  • Reasons to learn about CBT

  • Empirical evidence related to CBT's effectiveness

The following section will cover basic principles of CBT so students can better understand important concepts . The following areas are addressed:

  • The origin and history of CBT therapy

  • Terms and definitions that students will need to know

  • Key principles of the cognitive model

The following section of the course will teach students about how CBT is applied and implemented. The following areas are addressed:

  • Understanding which professions use CBT

  • The structure of CBT

  • The relationship between therapist and client

  • How homework is used

The following section will discuss different categories of negative thinking and cognitive distortions. The section afterwards will discuss interventions and techniques that are commonly used by the therapist/counselor. Each category of negative thinking and each intervention will have it's own lecture.

The course concludes with a discussion on the limitations of CBT, supplemental therapies and alternative therapies.

The course contains a variety of resources that the student can use to improve their understanding of CBT and for practice purposes. These resources are:

  • Linked articles and websites

  • PowerPoint slides

  • Worksheets and example sheets

  • A quiz for every section

Thank you for your interest!

Who this course is for:
  • Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers and other mental health professionals.
  • Teachers and School Counselors.
  • Individuals seeking knowledge on how to address anxiety and/or depression.
  • Students
Course content
Expand all 33 lectures 05:06:12
+ Introduction
4 lectures 36:16
  • Greet the course instructor

  • Background information and credentials of instructor

Preview 02:30
  • Length of the course

  • Brief description of each course section

  • Resources that will be available to students (quizzes, external links, articles)

Preview 11:19
  • What is CBT used for?

  • A breakdown of different disorders that CBT is useful for

Why learn about CBT?
  • How effective CBT is for different disorders

  • Is CBT more effective than other therapies?

  • Empirical evidence

Effectiveness of CBT as a therapeutic intervention
+ CBT concepts and basic principles
5 lectures 43:46
  • Define CBT

  • Aaron Beck and the cognitive model

Definition of CBT and history

Understand the HCBM (Interaction between thoughts, emotions, behavior)

Hot cross bun model
  • What is considered a maladaptive behavior and how is it related to CBT?

  • Examples of common maladaptive behaviors that are addressed using CBT

Maladaptive behavior
  • A breakdown of specific moods and emotions that are identified and addressed with CBT

  • An examination of specific mental disorders and emotions that are commonly presented

Common emotions that are addressed with CBT
  • Negative automatic thoughts

  • Dysfunctional assumptions (cognitive distortions)

  • Core beliefs

Key Principles of Cognitive Model

Quiz based on CBT history, concepts and basic principles.

Section 2 Quiz
10 questions
+ How CBT is implemented in therapy
4 lectures 39:28
  • Identify specific professions that use CBT

  • Understand which environments CBT is used in

Who uses CBT?
  • Understand the general time frame for therapy and focus during this time.

  • Understand the flow of a typical session

Structure of CBT based therapy
  • Understand what the role of the therapist is

  • Understand the role of the client

  • Common goals

The therapeutic relationship
  • How homework is utilized in therapy

  • Examples of homework assignments

The use of homework

Quiz related to the structure of CBT and how it is implemented

Section 3 Quiz
8 questions
+ Cognitive Distortions
10 lectures 01:30:22
  • The definition of all or nothing thinking

  • Example of all or nothing thinking

  • Interventions

All or nothing thinking
  • The definition of overgeneralization

  • Example of overgeneralization

  • Interventions

  • The definition of mental filtering

  • Example of mental filtering

  • Interventions

Mental (negative) filtering
  • The definition of discounting the positives

  • Example of discounting the positives

  • Interventions

Discounting the positives
  • The definition of jumping to conclusions

  • Example of jumping to conclusions

  • Interventions

Jumping to conclusions
  • The definition of magnification and minimization

  • Example of magnification and minimization

  • Interventions

Magnification and Minimization
  • The definition of emotional reasoning

  • Example of emotional reasoning

  • Interventions

Emotional Reasoning
  • Definition of should statements

  • Example of should statements

  • Interventions

Should statements
  • Definition of labeling

  • Example of labeling

  • Interventions

  • Definition of personalization

  • Example of personalization

  • Interventions

Personalization and blame

Quiz that covers the different types of cognitive distortions.

Section 4 Quiz
10 questions
+ Techniques used to address cognitive distortions
7 lectures 01:06:09
  • Develop an understanding of how socratic questioning is used to challenge automatic negative thoughts

  • Examples of questions used

Preview 12:48
  • Understand the concept of thought stopping and reframing

  • Learn examples of thought stopping and framing

  • Learn about resources to practice this intervention

Thought stopping and reframing
  • Define cognitive rehearsal

  • Understand which mental disorders this intervention applies to

  • Identify knowledge that must be known before implementing this strategy

Cognitive Rehearsal
  • Define validity testing and identify it's uses

  • Understand the therapist's role in this intervention

  • Identify examples of validity testing

Validity Testing
  • Define modeling in CBT and it's uses

  • Identify the therapist's role in this intervention

  • Identify uses of role-play for anxiety related disorders and PTSD

Modeling/Role playing
  • Understand the uses of journaling and how it applies to CBT

  • Understand the structure of journaling and what is documented

  • Understand how journaling works with other interventions to improve outcomes

  • Tips for those attending therapy

  • Tips for therapists

Important tips for successful CBT implementation

Quiz related to CBT techniques

Section 5 Quiz
8 questions
+ Limitations of CBT, other therapies and concluding the course
3 lectures 30:11
  • What are the limitations if only CBT is used?

  • Why CBT is not useful for everyone

Limitations of CBT
  • Identify supplemental therapies that tend to go well with CBT (Exposure therapy, EMDR)

  • Alternative therapeutic approaches and how they differ (Mindfulness, psychodynamic, medication management)

A brief look at supplemental/alternative therapies
  • Recap of the course

  • Discussion of available resources


Quiz related to limitations of CBT, supplemental therapies and alternative therapies.

Section 6 Quiz
5 questions