Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Includes ABC model of distress, self help skills, Thinking errors, life rules, core beliefs and much more...
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 6 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

This is a 10 session course (containing 20 lecture videos, word handouts, mp3 sound file lectures and a quiz to help reinforce the learning). The course introduces the student to all of the basics of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Including: how it developed, how it works,the ABC model of distress, life rules, core beliefs and the links between what we think and how we feel.

The course can be completed at the student's own speed and includes powerpoint, handouts, teacher talk, teacher video, teacher white board presentation and opportunities to ask questions, discuss topics and share feedback.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in CBT, either for their own use/development or for their future training and educational preferences.

Included in the course is a free copy of Kevin O'Doherty's best selling self help book: The Little Book of Thinking Errors; A Self Help Guide for Changing Unhelpful Thoughts.

What are the requirements?

  • An interest in Psychology, Counselling or therapy
  • Good basic use of the English language

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will have a good, comprehensive understanding of CBT
  • In this course you will learn about how CBT began, how CBT works, the ABC model of Distress, thoughts feelings and behavior, life rules and core beliefs
  • By the end of the course you will have developed the skills needed to use some CBT techniques, strategies and tools for your own use and for work with others.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone with an interest in CBT, therapy or psychology
  • People who want to use CBT techniques for their own use
  • People intending to go on to train as a CBT Therapist
  • Therapists from other backgrounds who would like to have a good understanding of CBT and how it works.
  • People who are considering or receiving Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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Section 1: • Introduction to the course and Theoretical background of CBT

This session serves as a good introduction to the basics of CBT, how and when it was developed and by whom. The session goes on to draw the link between what we think and how we feel.


In this lecture, Kevin illustrates (using a personal example) the way that thoughts directly influence the way that we feel...and how we can begin to explore this relationship for ourselves.


This session builds on the topics covered in the first segment. The link between what we think and how we feel is developed further, with real examples of the main strategies used by CBT Therapists in helping clients to familiarise themselves with this link.


In this lecture, Kevin looks at NATS, a well know concept in CBT which relates to those negative thoughts that often jump into our mind on a regular basis and make us feel 'not so good'


Many therapists refer to 'HWK' as practice tasks, because HWK has negative connotations attached for some people. This session focuses on how and why CBT makes use of work outside of sessions.

Section 2: The ABC Model of Distress and Thinking Errors

In this lecture, we look at the fictitious example of Fiona, to see how use of the ABCD form helps us (and the client) to see the link between thoughts and feelings. This is a crucial step in the process of begining to explore how helpful and constructive our thoughts are, prior to replacing them


A well known and often used technique in CBT is where we help clients to explore the advantages and disadvantages of a particular way of thinking or behaving. This helps us (or the client) to make informed decisions and change the way they think or behave, in accordance with the most beneficial outcomes.


A lecture describing the often used Responsibility Pie technique. This technique is often used to help us explore instances where we are perhaps blaming ourself, giving ourself a hard time or generally beating up on ourselves over some pervived wrong-doing


This session looks at what a client (or therapist) can expect to take place in the 'average' CBT session. This does not mean that all sessions are the same of course, but gives a good general idea of the topics covered and strategies implewmented.

Common Misconceptions about CBT
Section 3: Life Rules (Dysfunctional Assumptions) and Psychological Distress

Also referred to as 'Life Rules', this session looks at Life Rules and the part that they are assumed to play in psychological distress.

Identifying Life Rules (Dysfunctional Assumptions)
Section 4: A CBT Understanding of Common Psychological Distress Issues

This session looks at 2 of the most common mental health issues (anxiety and depression) from a CBT perspective. Specifically we look at some of the common thoughts that people tend to have when they are either anxious or depressed, along with some of the common behavioral strategies that they employ, which often serve to worsen the problem. The session also includes a sound file that gives an overview of what one would expect to be covered in the first CBT session.

Section 5: Core Beliefs and Psychological Distress

This session focuses on 'Core Beliefs' which are assumed to be at the heart of psychological distress. Core Beliefs will have usually developed over long periods of time and often exist at an unconscious level for the client.

Section 6: The Ending of The Therapeutic Relationship

The successful ending of the ending to the therapeutic relationship is a crucial part of the whole process. This session looks at how we prepare the client for this ending, make plans for any possible future need for intervention or support and identify how the client can take the process forward independently.

Section 7: CBT Therapist Needs and Development

Contrary to popular opinion, therapists are also human and we have needs!...this lecture looks at what those needs are and how therapists go about ensuring they are met.

Section 8: CBT and Other Treatments
CBT and Other Treatments for Psychological Distress
Section 9: Summary, and Using CBT Skills, Techniques and Strategies for your own developmen

This session encourages the student to begin using CBT techniques for their own development and problem solving. This is an important aspect of learning about the CBT approach and becoming familiar with exactly how it works at a basic level. be sure to read the recomended reading, including 'The Little Book fo Thinking Errors' an excellent read!

Section 10: A Free Bonus Copy of The Little Book of Thinking Errors by Kevin O'Doherty
123 pages

A free copy of my first CBT Book: The Little Book of Thinking Errors: A Self Help Guide to Changing Unhelpful Thoughts. Check out the several books I have written since then!


A brief lecture outlining the further reading that you can do to take the learning gained from this introductory course forward. Well done!

20 questions

A number of questions for students to do some background research to find the answers

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Instructor Biography

Mr Kevin Michael O'Doherty, Psychologist, CBT Therapist, Expert Witness, Author, Trainer

I am a Psychologist, CBT Therapist and Author of several self help books. I also carry out Medico Legal Psychological Assessments for Law firms. I provide Cognitive Behavior Therapy for clients based all over the world with the aid of webcam and telephone.  I also deliver training on all aspects of mental health in the UK, Europe and USA on request.

I find my work as an Expert Witness fascinating and I do hope that I present some of that fascination to the student during the course.

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