Learn essential skills for sourcing and applying CBT techniques
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an empirically based psychological treatment for a variety of psychological problems (for e.g. depression and anxiety).
The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at City College aims to introduce students the theoretical underpinnings of CBT and to the skills required for an in-depth knowledge of the practice of this therapeutic approach.
CBT seeks to examine and challenge clients with the manner in which their thoughts, beliefs and attitudes to various events and circumstances negatively affect their mood and behaviour.
Whilst open to the general public, we strongly encourage the CBT course for those working in a variety of roles where contact with those experiencing psychological problems may be a feature, e.g. psychotherapist, medical doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists etc.
Course is approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychological Society of Ireland
This CBT course consequently involves the critical observation and identification of behavioural activities and individual and environmental contexts in order to increase our comprehension, understanding and evaluative awareness of these. CBT is therefore designed to enhance the criticality of thinking; analysis; comprehension and application abilities in order to bring about behavioural change.
The thinking and applications skills attained from developing an enhanced critical comprehension of CBT can be applied in multiple persona, practical and professional settings. The module is therefore designed to be utilised in a number of contemporary situations and professions and environmental contexts.
For example, the learning derived from a more detailed critical comprehension and understanding of CBT may be applied and used by teachers in schools environments to support and develop in children’s education how to constructively and positively understanding how their individual thinking and behaviours impact on their mood and relationships with others.
Similarly particular sectors in a variety of professional career areas may utilise their enhanced understanding of the theory, practice and application of CBT to more effectively consider their own relationship to their working environment and individual situation in order to improve their productivity and manage their responses to stress, levels of demand on the self/groups, and comparable situations.
In particular individuals who already have a career, or are developing their professional practices and skills; notably, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and psychotherapists, may use those CBT thinking and applications skills explored in the module to enhance and further improve their professional client/patient relationships; approaches and support strategies.
The programme is designed to provide and enhance participants essential skills for sourcing and applying CBT techniques. It is grounded in an understanding of the underlying philosophy of CBT which includes Stoic and Socratic approaches to understanding life challenges.
The student will be introduced to a robust foundation of CBT knowledge, philosophy and practice based thinking and skills-based approaches and will be supported in their critical understanding of how to apply CBT techniques and philosophy in real life. The module will also consider the ethical role and contexts of CBT and associated required approaches.
This course is therefore designed to provide participants with an introduction to the theoretical, philosophical and practical application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies within the ethical framework of their existing or emergent career development and employment situations; and/or their direct or associated professional engagement or context or interest in the subject area and disciplines associated with the subject area.
CBT Course Content
- Introduction and historical overview of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
- Cognitive formulation of disorders in CBT: The role of core beliefs, assumptions, and negative automatic thoughts.
- Cognitive and behavioural interventions in CBT.
- Assessment and formulation in CBT – planning the treatment with clients.
- Establishing relationship, structure, and assigning homework in CBT.
- CBT for depression and anxiety 1: Key cognitive and behavioural strategies.
- CBT for depression and anxiety 2: Key cognitive and behavioural strategies.
- CBT for depression and anxiety 3: Key cognitive and behavioural strategies.
- Skills focus (intensive skills practice): Applying theory to practice.
- CBT and complex disorders.
- Skills assessment: Evaluation of skills with subsequent feedback.
- Research in CBT – what empirical studies suggest.
- Consideration of CBT’s strengths, limitations, and reflections for the future.
CBT Course Fee
(€1,195 if paying in instalments)
Online course: €1095
(€1,195 if paying in instalments)
Non-EU students: Call +353 1 4160034
Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided.
If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.
A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma.
Students are currently assessed by way of a 2,500-word assignment.
Dr. Finian Fallon
Dr. Finian Fallon is a Chartered Psychologist and holds a Doctorate in Psychotherapy from DCU. In addition to providing a range of counselling services, his past work experience includes providing online and face to face therapy for clients with PTSD, survivors of childhood abuse and survivors of torture. In 2018 he completed a widely reported survey of over 2,000 Irish Police exploring trauma prevalence and wellbeing issues among frontline police in Ireland. His doctoral dissertation explored the future of psychotherapy in Ireland.
Finian has a number of other academic works to his credit, including presenting at the BACP research conference. He is interested in developing research that provides practical clinical benefits, to bring together the science and art of psychotherapy. He is Dean of Psychology at City Colleges and is delivering and developing psychology courses that are relevant to the challenges of living today.
Why City Colleges?
- Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
- Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
- City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
- Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
- Study rooms and library in our City Centre location
- Limited class size
The lectures were a welcome mix of theory, practice and current research. Finian’s knowledge was inspiring. Overall it was a supportive learning environment and experience.