Course title in English: Advanced course in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
The type of training: Continuing professional training for adults
Nominal duration: 2 years
Volume: 42 ECTS (1092 hrs; 320 hrs of face to face study and 772 hrs of practical homework)
Language of instruction: Estonian
Objectives of the course: Acquisition of the CBT theory and skills.
1. knows the basic theories and therapeutic process of CBT and is able to implement them;
2. is able to assess the patient´s condition, problems and suitability for CBT;
3. is able to conceptualize the problems of the patient/client into disorder-specific CBT model;
4. is able to set goals for therapy, develop adequate intervention plan and conduct the therapy process;
5. knows a wide range of CBT techniques and has skills to implement them adequately to the condition of the patient/client;
6. is able to analyze the outcome of the therapy and make changes in the therapy plan;
7. is able to guide the patient/client to independent implementation of the CBT techniques and relapse prevention.
Content of the course: Basic techniques of CBT – identification, evaluation and modification of automatic thoughts, intermediate and underlying beliefs; behaviour modification; additional cognitive and behavioural techniques; initial assessment and conceptualization; socializing the patient into CBT; establishing and maintaining collaborative relationship; setting goals for therapy; developing therapy programme and planning interventions across sessions; evaluation of patient`s condition and therapy outcomes; planning and conducting termination and booster sessions; CBT specific to different disorders: depression, social anxiety, phobias, panic, GAD, health anxiety, OCD, PTSD, eating disorders, addictions, personality disorders and psychotic disorders.
Entry requirements: The course is designed for psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, also both interns in training may be accepted. Prerequisites are MD in medicine or Master in Psychology and graduation of the course Introduction to CBT. Admission is based on the graduation exam of the Introductory course, an essay and intake interview.
Graduation requirements: Class attendance, home assignments (a paper, a case conceptualization, a recorded therapy session) submitted in time, final exam (written part – case vignette analysis and conceptualization & oral part – answers to two items and discussion with the examiners). Participants who successfully passed the course receive a certificate of graduation, giving the right to become a member of EKKA, practice under supervision and participate in continuing education courses of EKKA.
Training rooms, equipment & materials: The room is equipped with videoprojector, whiteboard/paperboard and writing instruments. The room must contain tables and chairs enough to enable a comfortable workplace for each participant. The environment confirms to the occupational health and safety requirements as prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Trainers: CBT therapists with full training in CBT and 5 yrs of work experience in CBT .