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CBT: Motivation in isolation.

Aims and objectives of the Programme.

  •  Effectively manage the boundary between work and home life.
  • Learn how to better manage stress and anxiety.
  • Increase and maintain motivation.

Benefits of the Programme

  • Become more mindful, calm, and relaxed.

By identifying irrational thought processes and the use of mindfulness techniques we learn to respond to anxiety in a different way than we have in the past.  Anxiety no longer dominates our life.  We learn to approach it with calmness.  We learn to handle situations by being more relaxed and less anxious.

  • Increased Self-Esteem.

For many people, low self-esteem can affect all areas of their lives. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps people to build self-esteem by focusing on problems and working toward the solution.

  • Self-limiting Beliefs about yourself change.

As you feel more in control of your thoughts, your belief system about yourself changes. Confidence and self-worth increase.

  • Expect successful outcomes:

As our thoughts and beliefs change, we begin to think more rationally.  Our expectations become more in line with logic and common sense.

  • Create Positive Thought patterns.

Negative thought patterns can take over a person’s life. Negative thinking becomes automatic and deeply ingrained. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teaches people how to turn negative thoughts into positive, realistic, and achievable ones.

  • Mood Management

Controlling one’s mood and learning to manage our emotions is a vital issue when we are working from home and feeling isolated. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy addresses the underlying issues that allow emotions to become overwhelming. It teaches people various methods to help control emotional responses and to assist them in recognizing the reasons behind negative emotions.

  • Better Communication Skills.

Maintaining relationships is difficult when our only outlet is Zoom or Skype. This can increase the likelihood of suffering from depression, addiction, and social anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps staff to learn how to communicate in an assertive and supportive manner.

  • Improved Coping Skills.

The cause of many disorders is an inability to cope with stressful situations such as isolation and loneliness. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides staff avenues to deal with such situations. They learn to express themselves instead of bottling things up.

Program contents: 

  • Why is CBT an effective Therapy?
  • Cognitive skills & techniques.
  • How to maintain motivation.
  • Managing Work and home life balance.
  • Maintaining effectiveness and productivity.
  • Structure and boundaries in the workspace.
  • How our Core beliefs affect our working life.
  • Identify your own irrational beliefs.
  • The danger of negative automatic thoughts.
  • Identify Negative Automatic thoughts.
  • Thought Stopping.
  • Daily Record of Dysfunctional Thoughts
  • Behavioral modification.
  • Mindfulness.
  • Distinguish between irrational and rational beliefs.
  • The symptoms of anxiety.
  • Self-esteem, self-image, and CBT
  • Anger/mood management.
  • Family/kids
  • Kids benefit from structure and boundaries too.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic model that aims to change dysfunctional emotions, ineffective behaviours and thought processes through a number of goal-oriented, and systematic procedures. CBT is “solution-focused” and “action-oriented”  CBT has been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, Addiction, Substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. The therapy is evidence-based and has been researched extensively. In children or adolescents, CBT can be effective for depression, anxiety disorders; body dysmorphic disorder;  eating disorders,  obsessive-compulsive disorder; and post-traumatic stress disorder;  This 6-month course has been developed to help students gain knowledge and understanding of the cognitive behavioural approach to therapy. It will provide students with basic and intermediate CBT skills and competence in the principles of assessment and case formulation, as well as the appropriate use of Cognitive and Behavioural intervention



Demonstrate an evidence-based knowledge and understanding of the theory and principles of CBT.

Display knowledge of the two main types of CBT models: Beck’s cognitive therapy and Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.

Display an understanding of ‘cognitions’ in a way that is meaningful for, and relevant to, the client and to explain the concept of automatic thoughts and images.

Demonstrate an understanding of the core beliefs which undermine the client’s self-worth.

Understand the consequences of catastrophization or self-condemnation in the context of low mood.

Have an ability to identify any dysfunctional cognitions, especially self-defeating thoughts relating to lack of client progress.

Understand basic assessment and case formulation skills.

Demonstrate sound knowledge of the procedures used in a range of cognitive and behavioural techniques and a conceptual understanding of their rationale.

Recognize the ethical issues involved in the Practise of CBT.

Recognize boundaries, limits and ethical codes in the practice.

There are two written assignments for this course to be submitted at the end of Unit 3 and the end of 6. You will find the assignment questions on your dashboard.  The questions are straightforward and relate directly to the video and reading material.

Your course tutor is John Crimmins and he is available by email to answer any questions that you may have relating to the course material. His email address is