AACBT CBT@Home – Cognitive therapy skills

31 Dec 2024
12:00 pm
- 01:20 pm
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This event was recorded live and is now available for on-demand viewing.


Experiential methods to introduce the cognitive model and coach cognitive therapy skills

Presented by Dr Chris Basten


This recording is part of the AACBT CBT@Home webinar series.

This event was recorded live and is available for on-demand viewing.


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This approx. 1hr 20 min CBT@Home webinar was recorded in February 2021.


Cognitive therapy (CT) takes months for clients to master and the very first interaction that the client has with this method can influence the efficiency with which they learn it and their retention in treatment. Educational psychology provides a rationale for how experiential learning can aid the acquisition of skills and knowledge. In particular, Kolb’s (1984) theory of experiential learning is introduced. Several key authors (e.g. Harris (2009) and Wells (2005)) have described how to enhance the way CT is introduced and taught through the use of experiential exercises within the session such that the client discovers their mood-relevant thoughts and experiences for themselves how powerful they are.

Six experiential exercises are explained and then demonstrated in this workshop. The demonstrating is via video segments of therapy sessions and there are some exercises for participants to ‘experience experiential learning’.

Teaching cognitive therapy exclusively through verbal and written instructions is akin to teaching a beginner tennis through a PowerPoint presentation. Experiential learning of the first steps in cognitive therapy helps our clients to ‘get’ how the cognitive model to them and speeds up their ability to identifying their cognitions.

These techniques will add to your repertoire for the first crucial phases of cognitive therapy: introducing the cognitive model of psychological distress and helping clients to start to notice and monitor their thoughts. Six experiential strategies are introduced and demonstrated with role plays and your own experiential learning.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Awareness of experiential learning principles applied to cognitive therapy.
  • Confidence using experiential techniques to explain the cognitive model.
  • Ability to use experiential techniques to teach clients how to notice the cognitions relevant to their distress.

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Viewers will be assumed to have greater than basic knowledge of Cognitive Therapy to gain benefit from this presentation.

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