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CBT Introductory Course For Working With Children & Adolescents (3 days)

This 3 day course is identical to the 3 Day CBT Introductory Course except in the following ways:

  • This course focuses on the range of problems that are more prominent in children and adolescents, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, social alienation, defiance of authority figures, blaming others, hostility, lying, temper tantrums, anger & school refusal etc.
  • Skill and language adaption for CBT techniqus with chidren.
  • Limitations of CBT with children (where to and where not to use it).
  • Engagement issues wth children & CBT and how to address them.
  • Using CBT with parents.

Please note, that covering of the use of strategies for working with deeper level cognitions is slightly limited on this course because of restricted appropriateness of such strategies with children.

This course introduces you to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy within a context of other therapeutic methods using a wide range of learning techniques.

Our aim is to provide you with the highest possible standard of training and enable you to make immediate use of your learning.

You will leave this course with a solid grounding in CBT that you can put into practice straight away.

The course covers: the history and meaning of CBT, conceptualising cases in CBT terms, the format of a standard CBT session, and the most important CBT techniques.

At every stage of your learning theory will be constantly applied to practical examples.

We will provide you with quality seminar materials including photocopiable work- sheets, checklists and forms to use with your clients.

All techniques will be illustrated either by live or video demonstrations. Delegates will practise techniques in group and pair exercises.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Day 1

  • Introduction group members, facilitator, course objective and timetable
  • Learning expectations
  • History of CBT. What is CBT now? Constructivist exercise 
  • Goal setting (SMART). Learning goals for this course. 
  • Structure of session, therapeutic alliance 
  • Agenda setting/session bridging. (Examples & exercise of agenda setting)
  • Maintenance formulation. Hot Cross Bun. 
  • Basic CBT conceptualization.
  • Beck’s triad. How can knowledge of Becks triad enhance the hot cross bun model?
  • Thinking errors. Working with cognition (hot cognition, thought records)
  • Cognitive restructuring: Socratic Method, balance of evidence table 
  • Homework effect on treatment outcome – how to set up homework tasks 

Day 2

  • Review and timetable for day 2. Setting day’s objective
  • Check out home work – how to evaluate homework use of diary, how to overcome difficulties
  • CBT developmental model (J Beck)
  • Characteristics of core beliefs and dysfunctional assumptions 
  • Identifying core beliefs downward arrow technique 
  • Eliciting negative assumptions and modifying them 
  • Techniques to modify dysfunctional assumption and beliefs
  • Positive thought log and other techniques to modify higher order cognitions
  • Setting up behavioural experiments / surveys
  • Designing behavioural experiments to confirm or disconfirm those beliefs
  • Principle of Behavioural Activation. Explain how to fill in an activity log 
  • Alternative, additional behavioural methods (exposure, desensitization) 
  • Homework behaviour experiment. End of the day round ‘What have I learnt’

Day 3

  • Review and timetable for day 3. Setting day’s objective
  • Check out home work. Review homework – how to use “wrong results” in therapeutic practice
  • Functional analysis. Classical ABC
  • Modification of antecedents and consequences 
  • Role of Monitoring, Scales and standardised questionnaires
  • Progress monitoring formal scales, self constructed scales
  • Closure of therapy – therapy blue print and relapse prevention
  • How to formulate a treatment plan
  • Review of course goals and progress monitoring
  • Feedback in written form
  • Summary and closure

There is a heavy reliance on video and live demonstrations of techniques, combined with specially developed exercises that allow participants to practise the skills learnt.

COURSE PREPARATION:

This article from Christine Padesky explains Socratic Questioning – one of the important CBT techniques – PLEASE read this article as this will be referred to on the first course day:

http://padesky.com/newpad/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/socquest.pdf

The following article outlines the historic content and main characteristic of CBT. It is a good introductory reading and introduces terms and concepts which will be consolidated during the three day introductory course:

http://www.scielo.br/pdf/rbp/v30s2/en_a02v30s2.pdf

“The course was brilliant - I thoroughly enjoyed in & learnt a lot & would definitely be interested in doing more courses with you in future.”

“The variety of learning aids helped to validate my learning, good use of role plays, videos, handouts, case studies etc.”

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
B.A. (Oxon), M.Sc, M.Clin.Psychol., BABCP (Accred)

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. Having originally taken a degree in history at Oxford University, Paul chose to make Psychology his professional career and took an MSc degree in Psychology at Sussex University followed by training as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist including primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health and has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Paul has a particular interest in people motivation for change, resistance and reasons of why people do NOT change and currently focuses on practical applications of resource based therapies. He has presented and written on a range of psychological issues with particular emphasis on working with clients’ inner resources for overcoming problems.

Paul is registered with the HPC, an Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

Paul is a founder and Director of SDS Training Company and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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