The Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Level 4 Course is designed for students who which to gain further knowledge in CBT. It is ideal for people who may be working in the statutory or voluntary sectors with those who have mental health issues. Nurses, counsellors, prison officers, probation workers, psychotherapists and other mental health workers may find this course invaluable for useful skills and therapeutic interventions.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to influence dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of many mental health conditions. It is therefore one of the most commonly used therapies in the private and statutory sectors. CBT is based on the theory that it's not events themselves that upset us, but the meanings we attach to them.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 4 Certificate of Achievement.

Practical Experience / Organisational Membership:

On successful completion of this theoretical course you are advised to gain as much practical experience as you can with suitable organisation’s such as Alcohol Concern, The Samaritans, Child Line or one of the many organisations who will are looking for suitable volunteers.

It may also be possible to join a relevant organisation such as the Counselling Society as an associate member. You can contact the Counselling Society direct for an application form and advice on what membership options may be available.

The Home Study Courses Include the Following Units:-

  • Unit 1 – What is CBT?

The following topics are covered: Cognitive Therapy; Behaviour Therapy How do they work together?; and History of CBT.

  • Unit 2 – Automatic Thoughts

The following topics are covered: CBT Strategies; How they Affect People; and Helping People To Cope.

  • Unit 3 – What can a Client expect in CBT treatment?

The following topics are covered: Homework; Who benefits from CBT?; Limitations of CBT; Focusing on the present; Depression; Bipolar I; Bipolar II; Cyclothymic Disorder; Who can suffer from depression; Eating Disorders; What is an eating disorder?; Who is affected?; Using CBT to treat a eating disorder; OCD; What is OCD?; Who is affected?; Using CBT to treat OCD; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; What is PTSD?; Who is affected?; Using CBT to treat PTSD; Anxiety; What is Anxiety; Who is affected?; Using CBT to treat anxiety; Schizophrenia; What is schizophrenia; Who is affected?; Using CBT to treat schizophrenia; Addiction and CBT; Personality disorders + CBT.

  • Unit 4 – The Importance & Significance of Dreams in CBT

The following topics are covered: Working with imagery; and Irrational beliefs.

  • Unit 5 – Schema Therapy

The following topics are covered: Early maladaptive schema; Schema focused therapy; Disconnection and rejection; Impaired autonomy and performance; Impaired limits; Other directions; Over vigilance and inhibition; Acceptance and commitment therapy; and Supervision.

  • Unit 6 – Socratic Questioning

The following topics are covered: What we think; Boundaries and regulations; Locus of power; Attachment; Loss; Safeguard against abuse; Trust; Ethical practice; and Moving Forward.

  • Unit 7 – The Use of Medication

The following topics are covered: Who needs medication?; and Use of CBT and Medication.

Prerequisites:

This is a Level Four course and as such will require students to have a good level of literacy and general education at least up to GCSE C grade. In other respects the course is open to any one with a genuine and positive attitude to the subject.

Course Duration & Support:

You will have access to a tutor via post or email. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

Assessment:

You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

Certification:

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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