Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Level: Practitioner QLS level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Become a Registered BSY Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
  • Be awarded the professional ASC Diploma
  • 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

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of Psychotherapy that focuses on assessing the particular ways in which individuals think, perceive, behave and react, so that they can deal successfully with their behavioural, emotional or social challenges. CBT is a powerful tool for personal development. This course covers the history, techniques and applications that make up the CBT process, and examines the most common presenting issues for the CBT therapist.


  • Lesson One
    • What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
      • A Short History of CBT
      • The Characteristics of CBT
  • Lesson Two
    • Establishing the Therapeutic Relationship/Criticisms of CBT
      • The Role of the Therapist
      • Building Rapport
      • Boundary Issues
      • Client Confidentiality and Consent
      • Criticisms of CBT
  • Lesson Three
    • Consultation and Formulation
      • The Consultation Process
      • How to Get the Most from a Consultation
      • The Formulation
      • Clarifying the Problem
      • Further Questioning
  • Lesson Four
    • Assumptions and Beliefs/ Goal Setting/ Cognitions
      • The ABC Model
      • Balancing Statements
      • The SMART System
      • Problems with Cognitions
      • Useful Cognitive Techniques
  • Lesson Five
    • Dealing with Negative and Distorted Thought Processes/ Behavioural Techniques
      • Negative Automatic Thoughts
      • Thought Record
      • Balanced Response
      • Coping Strategies
      • Countering Negative Thoughts
      • Affirmations
      • The Socratic Method
      • Behavioural Experiments
  • Lesson Six
    • Behavioural Techniques (Continued)
      • Exposure
      • Activity Scheduling
      • Physical Techniques
  • Lesson Seven
    • Psychological Problems
      • Stress
      • Treatment
      • Depression
      • Risk Factors
      • Treatment
  • Lesson Eight
    • Using CBT for Specific Issues
      • Self-Esteem
      • Eating Disorders
      • Alcohol/Drug Abuse
  • Lesson Nine
    • Working with Anxiety Disorders
      • Anxiety Attacks
      • Other Anxiety Disorders
      • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Lesson Ten
    • Anger Management using CBT/ Mindfulness CBT/ CBT in Practice
      • What is Mindfulness and How does it Work?
      • The Consultation
      • Treatment Sessions
      • The Clients
      • Case Study
      • Conclusion

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.