The Fundamental Skills Program 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 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 will help you:

  • Understand current research on CBT and the relationship between research and effective CBT interventions
  • Develop strong conceptual skills to understand clients’ problems within a CBT theoretical framework
  • Use a CBT conceptualization to help you decide which intervention would be the 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

Top 3 reasons to register

  • You want to learn about cognitive behaviour therapy in a structured setting that focuses on in-depth learning and application.
  • You want to learn how to conceptualize client problems so that your interventions are based on a clinical formulation.
  • You want to learn cognitive behavioural interventions in a step by step manner using structured skills practice that break down complex interventions into specific concrete skills.

Admission

Is this course for you?

This course is open to:

  • Individuals who have obtained a bachelor's degree or bachelor's level training in psychology or a counselling related degree, OR
  • On a case by case basis, we will consider individuals with significant counselling experience or non-university based education that the individual believes is equivalent to a bachelors degree. Please email oise.cpl@utoronto.ca and attach your CV including all work and education experience.