The program begins with grounding in the cognitive behavioral therapy model and accompanying theory. Emphasis is placed on learning to use the cognitive therapy model to specifically treat various issues and clinical disorders. Participants are taught how to apply cognitive therapy techniques in both psychotherapy practice, as well as in other social work settings such as child welfare, schools, foster care, case management, aging, and hospital social work.
At the completion of each course unit participants will be able to: 1) apply the cognitive therapy case conceptualization and theory to the specific disorder covered in the course unit; 2) implement specific CBT techniques when providing treatment in a myriad of social work settings; 3) create treatment plans utilizing CBT theories and interventions ; 4) describe the DSM-5 categorical grouping as per the disorder discussed in the course unit; and 5) integrate CBT with other approaches to treatment.
This program fulfills the Academy of Cognitive Therapy certification requirement of a minimum of 40 hours of specific education in CBT.