Introduction to cognitive-behavioural therapy

Professor Chris Williams and Dr Rebeca Martinez

60 minutes


June 2015

CPD learning module

CPD domain:

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Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term, problem-focused psychosocial intervention.

Generic CBT skills provide a readily accessible model for patient assessment and management and can usefully inform general clinical skills in everyday practice.

This module will help you understand the role of CBT in general adult psychiatry, enabling you to start helping patients and/or their carers to look at difficulties from a cognitive-behavioural perspective.

This module will help you to answer the following questions:

  • What is CBT?
  • How can I use CBT in my everyday practice?
  • What is the role of thoughts and behaviours in CBT?
  • What interventions are used during a course of CBT?
  • When should I refer someone for CBT?
  • What happens during a course of CBT?


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