Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills

Online | 5 Days | 17th April

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You will learn to observe, assess, evaluate, and formulate a treatment using the client’s environmental influencers as well as their thoughts, moods, emotions and behaviour.

 

You will learn to observe, assess, evaluate, and formulate a treatment using the client’s environmental influencers as well as their thoughts, moods, emotions and behaviour. The approaches presented are usable, up-to-date and strongly evidence-based.

 

Who is this course for? 

For helping professionals (with therapeutic experience) who want to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) into their practice and work.

 

What are the benefits of doing this course? 

Upon completion of the course, participants will have the relevant knowledge and practical experience to understand and apply CBT interventions to a variety of presentations and issues. The course is designed to complement already existing qualifications by broadening the repertoire of practitioner skills. Experiential aspects of this course will allow participants to integrate theories into practice. 

 

What will you learn?

The Professional Certificate includes an overview of the theoretical underpinnings and application of the CBT approach. You will be introduced to the key diagnostic symptoms of anxiety and the role of its physiological characteristics will be explored. Particular focus is given to disorder specific models for panic and social phobia. There is also an emphasis on  Major Depressive Episode, symptoms, diagnosis and maintenance factors. You are taught the importance of the use of pacing, goal setting and choice of intervention with depressed clients. You will also consider the application of CBT interventions to working with anger. There will be a focus on integration of learning, where participants are given the opportunity to outline and describe how they have integrated the learning from the four core workshops and applied it to their practice.



Course Details

 

DURATION: 5 Days    START DATE: 17th April 2021

 

TIMETABLE: Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Day 1 & 2: 17th & 18th of April 2021
Day 3 & 4: 8th & 9th of May 2021

Day 5: 13th of June 2021

 

AWARD: PCI College Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills

 

VENUE: Live-Classroom  


covid-10-addendumIn compliance with COVID-19, the classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.

Syllabus

 

DAY ONE & DAY TWO: Foundation Level Theory and Practice & Behavioural & Cognitive Strategies in CBT

The initial two days of the Professional Certificate include an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of the CBT approach.  Additionally, therapeutic interventions introduced are practiced and skills developed through experiential learning, building confidence and developing the ability.  The material is presented using PowerPoint and DVD’s, role plays, lively discussions and tutor demonstrations are used to facilitate learning.  


Students can expect to:

  • Be introduced to the theory of CBT
  • Become familiar with assessment considerations
  • Identify and work with Negative Automatic Thoughts, Assumptions and Core Beliefs
  • Learn and practice key cognitive and behavioural interventions
  • Develop an understanding of guided discovery and practice the use of Socratic Questions
  • Begin to understand the idea of case formulation


DAY THREE: CBT for Anxiety
This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the key diagnostic symptoms of anxiety and the role of its physiological characteristics will be explored.  Particular focus is given to disorder-specific models for panic and social phobia.  Experiential learning in the application of these models with the use of case studies will be an important feature of the day.  

Students can expect to:

  • Become familiar with standardised measures used in the diagnosis of anxiety disorders
  • Be introduced to the generic cognitive model of anxiety
  • Gain an understanding of the maintenance models for both panic and social anxiety disorder
  • Choose and implement appropriate interventions in the treatment of anxiety
  • Learn how to provide the client with the rationale for the use of various interventions
  • Design, implement and review a behavioural experiment using  a case study example


DAY FOUR: CBT for Depression
This workshop focuses on Major Depressive Episode, symptoms, diagnosis and maintenance factors.  Participants are taught the importance of the use of pacing, goal setting and choice of intervention with depressed clients.  Participants will be provided with the opportunity to role-play specific cognitive and behavioural techniques and will be given valuable feedback to enhance learning. 

Students can expect to:

  • Deepen their understanding of the clinical features of depression
  • Become familiar with standardised measures used in the diagnosis of depression
  • Be introduced to the cognitive model of depression
  • Practice the use of the thought diary as a key cognitive intervention
  • Learn the value of behavioural activation with depressed clients
  • Become familiar with the positive data log and its appropriate application


DAY FIVE: Integration Day
The Integration Day takes place in a relaxed atmosphere, where participants are given the opportunity to outline and describe how they have integrated the learning from the four core workshops and applied it to their practice. Each member in the group will be provided with feedback and assessed using the following criteria:

  • Understanding and prioritising of main presenting problems
  • Understanding the maintenance of presenting problem
  • Identification of the three levels of thinking 
  • Use of cognitive Interventions
  • Use of behavioural Interventions
  • Personal application of the CBT approach 
  • Integration on approach to current work practice
  • Development of a case formulation

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS 

  • Record of 15 hours of supervised client work
  • Record of 3 sessions with a qualified supervisor.
  • Essay

 

Entry Requirements

 

ELIGIBILITY 

Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience. Students currently in training (BSc Degree Year 2 onwards) will be considered, on the understanding that the CBT Certificate qualification cannot be used until they have qualified. You must have access to clients on a daily basis to be able to meet the requirement of 15 hours of counselling using the CBT tools learnt during this course.

 


LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All candidates are required to satisfy the English language requirement. Candidates whose first language is not English and who are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate may satisfy the requirement through the completion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent, on the basis that they obtain a minimum band score of 6, which denotes a very good skill level of English. It should be noted that these are the minimum requirements in English and PCI College may set higher requirements in each case.

 

IT SKILLS: students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course

 

Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application. 

Course Fees

 

FEES  

Cost of Days 1 & 2 - €260

Cost of Days 3,4 and 5* - €520

Full Price: €730 (Save €50)

PCI College Graduate & Student Full Price*: €680

*PCI College Student rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.

 

Days 1 and 2 must be taken together.  Students who have completed the PCI College module in Advanced CBT (Year 4 of BSc Degree) or equivalent* are entitled to an exemption on Day 1 & Day 2 of this Certificate. Requests for exemptions must be made in advance of starting the course.  No exemptions are granted for Day 3, 4 & 5 of the course.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.

 

Integration day (Day 5) is scheduled for a date that allows sufficient time for students to complete practice hours. If you are unable to attend your integration day due to not having completed your practice hours, you may be subject to a fee for setting the integration day outside of your original class schedule.

 

Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed

 

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