Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
A Workshop for Counselling Practitioners
The workshop utilises a range of videos, group work, PowerPoint and experiential exercises throughout.
We will consider how CBT might be integrated into clinical practice alongside other modalities.
A brief underlying theory of CBT.
Introducing the role of beliefs
How our thinking influences our feelings and actions.
A creative, experiential exercise will be used here.
Introducing the ABC as a tool to understand and frame an emotional problem
The ABC is a tool that can be used to structure and understand a problem. How can it be used in practice to work creatively with your client?
An imaginative ABC diagram will be employed throughout the workshop that can be used in the course of ongoing work.
What thoughts and beliefs are at the heart of the problem?
This module will focus on the beliefs and thinking processes that generated the unwanted emotional, physical and behavioural consequences.
Adopting helpful thinking strategies: Encouraging your client to think differently
Participants will notice how employing different thoughts and beliefs can generate a more helpful emotional, physical and behavioural response.
What alternative thinking strategies would be more helpful or constructive?
Tuning into our emotions and our behaviour: What techniques can we use?
Become aware of what is happening in our body. For example, when we feel anxious or angry, we might actively tune into and slow down our breathing.
Other examples include keeping a mood diary; mindfulness techniques; counting to 10 when feeling angry, etc.
The use of vivid, creative or energetic techniques can help, such as exercise; laughing; or art or writing.
Creative experiential exercises, discussion and videos will be employed here.
Focusing our interventions in Clinical Practice
We will look more closely at specific emotional, behavioural and physiological responses, and consider how we might focus our interventions in clinical practice.
I invite group members to present their own, individual case studies that may help in the course of their work. We will revisit these case studies in module 8.
Integrating thoughts, feelings, behaviour and physical reactions
Bringing it all together with our ABC.
Revisiting the case studies that group members presented earlier. Suggestions and helpful interventions that might be employed moving forward.
General discussion and feedback. For example, how might the learning of the day be carried forward and integrated into clinical practice?
Suggested websites and books.
A few tools and forms that may be helpful to you in your practice.