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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT Training)

What is CBT?

CBT is a structured therapy which involves the use of exercises and tools to work practically with individuals to assist them to alleviate distress and become more functional. CBT recognises that the way we think influences behaviour, and unhelpful thoughts (cognitions) sometimes lead on to negative feelings and dysfunctional behaviours. How does CBT work?

CBT tools assist to identify underlying irrational thoughts and feelings and the consequences of these in regard to how it affects the person’s life. The next steps are challenging these thoughts and then developing new coping skills that are more effective and functional. The therapist and client work together on these issues and the client often takes away “homework” to record incidents and high risk situations for them, and how they coped with using new techniques. In subsequent sessions, progress is made through debriefing, reframing “relapses”, and re-strategising.

What happens in the training course?

There are one and two-day courses, which provide a level of theory, instruction on how tools are used, and provide opportunities to practice real-life situations in pairs and small groups. In the longer course, there is more emphasis on detail and practicing the skills. These courses recognise attendance rather than being tested on skills development, and as in all training, further practice, together with supervision and monitoring, is helpful. These courses are set at an introductory level and are not intended to enable people to be registered for working in CBT.

How will I be able to use CBT in my work?

An understanding of CBT will help you recognise when there are underlying dysfunctional thoughts and behaviours in those you are working with. You will be able to explore some issues with them and pass on some basic tools to assist them. CBT tools can also help when working with addictions, to assist with relapse prevention, by helping to identify high risk situations, coping strategies, supportive resources, and by reframing relapses.

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Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy (SFBT)

Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy (SFBT) Solution focused brief therapy aims to assist people to achieve practical solutions to their problems and to make positive changes, often within a few focused sessions, utilising their own motivation, goals and resources. SFBT uses solution-based language, techniques and reframing, rather than just using problem-based thinking and strategies. This type of approach can be very effective if there are no other complications and a brief therapy is required, although it may not suit everyone. If there are other issues and time is less of an issue, solution focused therapy elements can also be used in tandem with other styles and techniques, making these specific skills a useful addition to any therapist’s toolkit of resources.

ABACUS has developed two programmes to introduce practitioners to this type of therapy. The half day introductory course gives an overview and describes the process and techniques. The full day training not only introduces SFBT, but also offers examples and guided practice opportunities to enable practitioners to integrate the learning and start to apply it in their practice. These training sessions are designed to support practitioners in developing a wider range of skills for use in improving client outcomes, and these courses will assist when fewer sessions or little time is available to set and achieve client goals.

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