Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Fundamental Skills

This course will cover the main theoretical principles and interventions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

CBT is one of the most recognized and widely practised empirically validated therapies. This course focuses on teaching the most current CBT theory and interventions in a structured, systematic format. You will start with basic theory, learn how to conceptualize your clients' problems and use your CBT-based conceptualization to develop effective interventions. You will learn fundamental conceptual and intervention skills that are applicable to clients with a wide variety of problems including depression and anxiety, as well as other problems that clients bring to counselling.

This course is developed for the professional interested in:

  • Learning about cognitive behaviour therapy in a structured setting that focuses on theoretical understanding, skill development and application.
  • Learning how to conceptualize client challenges for interventions to be based on a clinical formulation.
  • Learning cognitive behavioural interventions in a step-by-step manner, with structured skills practice that break down complex interventions into specific and concrete skills.

What You'll Learn

Course Objectives:

  • Review current research on CBT and identify the relationship between research and effective CBT interventions
  • Develop knowledge and skills for understanding client challenges within a CBT theoretical framework
  • Utilize CBT conceptualization to decide which intervention(s) would be most helpful for your client
  • Effectively use cognitive interventions including:
    • Thought records
    • Cognitive reframing
    • Identifying dysfunctional cognitive patterns
  • Effectively use behavioural interventions including:
    • Activity scheduling
    • Graded task assignments
    • Problem solving
    • Relaxation techniques

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:

Learners who successfully complete the course will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Identify the main theoretical principles and interventions of Cognitive Behavoural Therapy
  • Develop concrete skills and interventions to support clients in recognizing how their thoughts, feelings and behaviours are connected.
  • Understand how to conceptualize clients’ struggles and use your Cognitive Behavioural Skills to develop effective internventions and next steps.
  • Evaluate the validity of clients’ thoughts using a variety of Congnitive Behavioural techniques.

Learning Evaluation Plan:

Methods of evaluation in this course are as follows:

  • 30% Asynchronous Collaboration/Online Participation - Discussion/Activities/Assignments
  • 30% Synchronous Collaboration/Participation - Discussion/Activities/Assignments
  • 20% Reflective Practice –2 journal entries reflecting how the CBT skills can be transferred into current practice.
  • 20% Final Assignment – Case Conceptualization/Treatment Plan/Implementaions of Skills and Interventions

Total: 100%


The following two textbooks are suggested readings to support your CBT learning, but are not mandatory for the blended course format:
1) Greenberger, D. and Padesky, C.A. (2015). Mind over Mood, 2nd Ed. (Client workbook). New York, NY: Guilford Press. The previous 1995 version can also be used as they are both quite similar.
2) Wright, J. H., Brown, G. K., Thase, M. E., & Basco, M. R. (2017). Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide, 2nd Ed. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Publishing.


Course Requirements:

The course requires a computer and online access to the OISE course environment, as well as the ability to connect online to other websites and resources as required.

Learn about the other available Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Courses:
COMM-CBTS-A - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Specialization for Anxiety
COMM-CBTS-CD - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Specialization for Complex Disorders









Full Course Details

Section Title:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Fundamental Skills

Enrolment Session:

2024 Summer



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11 Jul 2024 to 01 Aug 2024

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Section Note(s):

Deadline to register: July 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If the "Add to Cart" button is still available, late registration is possible for this course. 

Online: Synchronous/Asynchronous

This session will run for 3 weeks. Your learning will take the form of in-depth online discussions as well as group and individual assignments.

Learners will be expected to engage in approximately 8 hours of learning per week for a total of 24 hours:

  • 2 days of online synchronous learning through video conferencing - the sessional facilitator will provide the link and instructions to join. 
  • 12 hours online asynchronous learning, activities and independent study.


  • Requests for withdrawal received by the registration deadline will receive a refund. Requests made after this date will require further review. You can find our withdrawal, refund and transfer policy under Resources » OISE CPL Registration Policies

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