Fundamentals of Cognitive Therapy Audio/Video Workshop (6 CE)
Course Level: Intermediate
Course By: Stephen Sultanoff, PhD
Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and therapeutic humor-ist. As a professional speaker, he has presented his unique perspective on therapeutic humor to national, state, and local conferences, as well as, to numerous organizations and corporations.
Steve received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. He maintains a private practice as a psychologist and consultant in Costa Mesa, California. In addition to providing psychological services, he offers continuing education programs on Humor in Psychotherapy and Mental HealthSupervision for health and mental health professionals throughout California and across the United States. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Master’s Program in Psychology at Pepperdine University. Steve appears nationally on PBS throughout the year demonstrating the Humanistic model of psychotherapy as part of an award-winning television series on psychology.
Cognitive therapy, while one of the most common therapies of the 21st century, is also frequently misunderstood. In this course, you will learn the theory, practice and philosophy of cognitive therapy. You will learn the 3 levels of thinking that humans experience and how cognitive distortions appear at each level. You will also learn how to intervene at each level. We will examine ways to implement cognitive therapy concepts with simple skill interventions as well as address pitfalls and mistakes often made by therapists attempting to implement cognitive therapy principles with their clients.
One of the most misunderstood aspects of cognitive therapy is the significance of emotional presence in the process. You will learn the importance of emotion in cognitive therapy and the specific relationship between distressing emotions (depression, anxiety, anger, guilt, resentment, etc.) and their underlying cognitive process.
The course will cover fundamental interventions such as developing thought records, tailoring the process to the client, and scaling, as well as original concepts as the empathic flip and active versus objectified emotions and their relationship to effective cognitive therapy.
While the course will cover cognitive therapy for all emotional distress, the program will focus on cognitive therapy for anxiety.
Philosophy of CBT
Theory and Practice of CBT
The Language of CBT
Strategies to manage and relieve anxiety
Skills of CBT
Belief systems of clients and therapists
Interventions to change belief systems
Applying cognitive therapy to clinical supervision
Summary and Wrap-Up
- Describe how distressing emotions link to specific underlying beliefs.
- Explain cognitive distortions and language that activates emotional distress
- Explain the primary strategies clients use to manage anxiety and understand why these are fundamentally ineffective.
*This course is also part of Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Specialist (CCBTS) certification program. Click here for more info!
Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete an online multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete an online course evaluation.