Essential Skills for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Who is this course for?

Mental health practitioners who:

  • may currently be using a bit of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but perhaps not as effectively as they would wish
  • are starting out on the CBT path
  • want to ensure that they are practising foundation CBT skills in the most effective manner
  • have read/studied any prescribed pre-course reading

Who offers the course?

University Centre for Rural Health (North Coast)

Level of assumed/required knowledge

This is a Beginners Workshops for participants who are learning CBT for the first time, do a bit of CBT but do not use it as their main orientation (e.g. may be an experienced therapist in another form of therapy) or do a bit of CBT but want a fundamental grounding in the theory and practice thereof

Course overview


  • Basic CBT theory and principles
  • The purpose and process of formulation
  • The rationale for core CBT interventions and the knowledge to put these into practice


  • CBT formulation skills (five-part model; maintenance cycles; developmental formulation)
  • Basic intervention techniques in CBT (e.g. agenda setting, socialization, goal setting, identifying and testing negative automatic thoughts)
  • Interpersonal skills for CBT (e.g. empathy, warmth, genuineness; collaborative relationship; curiosity; engendering hope)


  • Curiosity
  • Collaboration
  • Engaging willingness to experiment
  • Warmth, empathy, and genuineness of interest and concern
  • Acceptance and validation of feelings

Applicants will be encouraged to practice CBT skills on themselves post-workshop, as a means to further their confidence to try out their new skills and learned strategies in work contexts

Course duration

Four days

How is the course assessed?

Reflection sheets completed at the end of the workshop day, and at 1 and 4 weeks post workshop

Can this course contribute to an academic degree?


Course delivery

Face to face workshop held at:
Southern Cross University
Byron Community and Cultural Centre
Level 1, 69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481

Course cost

Early bird - $980
Full price - $1,150

Course dates

5-8 August 2013

Is this course accredited for CME points?


Further information and registration

For further information click here

Contact person/Course coordinator

A/Prof James Bennett-Levy
University Centre for Rural Health (North Coast)
University of Sydney
PO Box 3074
Lismore NSW 2480

T: 02 6620 7570

Last updated

January 2013