Behavioural Therapy

Level: Professional Development – QLS Level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Behavioural Therapy to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Adult behaviour and personality characteristics are influenced by events that occur during the early years of life. Many problems that confront society – aggression, alienation, suicide and mental illness – could perhaps be averted if we better understood how certain behaviours develop, and why they appear when they do. Behaviour therapy methods – systematic desensitisation, assertive training, positive reinforcement and self-regulation, amongst others – have been used successfully in treating a wide range of problems.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction:  Psychological Development
      • Factors Governing Development
      • Sequences and Stages in Development
      • Identification
      • A Search for Identity
      • Role Confusion
  • Lesson Two
    • Basic Drives and Motives
      • Instinct
      • Drive
  • Lesson Three
    • How We Respond to Stress
      • Frustration
      • Conflict
      • Aggression
      • Apathy
      • Regression
      • Anxiety
      • Coping and Defensive Strategies
  • Lesson Four
    • Behavioural Patterns
      • Normality and Abnormality
  • Lesson Five
    • Behaviour Therapies
      • Systematic Desensitisation
      • Assertiveness Training
      • Self-Regulation
      • Cognitive Processes in Behaviour Change
  • Lesson Six
    • Effectiveness of Therapies
      • Criteria of Success
      • Consider the Variables
      • Which Therapy?

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.