Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma (CBT Course)

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CBT Courses – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma

This course is now also available online

Start date: Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, Tuesday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30pm, and two Saturdays from 9.30 am to 3 pm

CBT Course fee: €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses with the School of Psychology can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

CBT Course accredtied by ICM   CBT Course approved by CPD

Awarding bodyThe Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

CPD Credits: This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychological Society of Ireland.


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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is contemporarily identified as a psychotherapeutic modality which is designed to challenge cognitive and behavioural assumptions and activities in order to bring about constructive change and relief of psychologically induced symptoms.

The therapy and its approaches and applications incorporates multiple techniques and related practical and theoretical and practice related and based skills. These include techniques and methods for observing; collating; reviewing; and monitoring cognitive and behavioural approaches to living; behaviour and behavioural change.

This CBT course consequently involves the critical observation and identification of behavioural activities and individual and environmental contexts in order to increase our comprehension, understanding and evaluative awareness of these. CBT is therefore designed to enhance the criticality of thinking; analysis; comprehension and application abilities in order to bring about behavioural change.

The thinking and applications skills attained from developing an enhanced critical comprehension of CBT can be applied in multiple persona, practical and professional settings. The module is therefore designed to be utilised in a number of contemporary situations and professions and environmental contexts.

For example, the learning derived from a more detailed critical comprehension and understanding of CBT may be applied and used by teachers in schools environments to support and develop in children’s education how to constructively and positively understanding how their individual thinking and behaviours impact on their mood and relationships with others.

Similarly particular sectors in a variety of professional career areas may utilise their enhanced understanding of the theory, practice and application of CBT to more effectively consider their own relationship to their working environment and individual situation in order to improve their productivity and manage their responses to stress, levels of demand on the self/groups, and comparable situations.

In particular individuals who already have a career, or are developing their professional practices and skills; notably, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and psychotherapists, may use those CBT thinking and applications skills explored in the module to enhance and further improve their professional client/patient relationships; approaches and support strategies.

The programme is designed to provide and enhance participants essential skills for sourcing and applying CBT techniques. It is grounded in an understanding of the underlying philosophy of CBT which includes Stoic and Socratic approaches to understanding life challenges.

The student will be introduced to a robust foundation of CBT knowledge, philosophy and practice based thinking and skills-based approaches and will be supported in their critical understanding of how to apply CBT techniques and philosophy in real life. The module will also consider the ethical role and contexts of CBT and associated required approaches.

This course is therefore designed to provide participants with an introduction to the theoretical, philosophical and practical application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies within the ethical framework of their existing or emergent career development and employment situations; and/or their direct or associated professional engagement or context or interest in the subject area and disciplines associated with the subject area.


  • Finian Fallon PhotoDr. Finian Fallon holds a Doctorate in Psychotherapy from DCU. In addition to providing a range of counselling services, his past work experience includes providing therapy for clients with PTSD, survivors of childhood abuse and survivors of torture.

    He has a number of published academic works to his credit, including presenting at the BACP research conference. He is interested in developing research that provides practical clinical benefits, to bring together the science and art of psychotherapy.

  • The aims of the module are to:

    • Provide student/learners with a critically sound and comprehensive foundation of knowledge on, and related to, the principles; theories; and contemporary and historical context for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and its skills and practical applications in contemporary society
    • Enable student/learners to critically identify; observe; comprehend; evaluate and apply the theories and practice of CBT; including their comprehension of the philosophical and ethical perspectives of CBT; in their personal, professional, and/or career environments, including in the handling of those audiences/individuals/groups with and for whom they have a personal and/or professional relationship or responsibility
    • Provide student/learners with a spectrum of CBT thinking; application and transferable skills to enable them to undertake the practical application of the enhanced and structured approaches found in CBT in clinical, educational and personal contexts where this is appropriate given the level of training, experience and qualifications of the student/learner within relevant ethical contexts.

    • Introduction and historical overview of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
    • Cognitive formulation of disorders in CBT: The role of core beliefs, assumptions, and negative automatic thoughts.
    • Cognitive and behavioural interventions in CBT.
    • Assessment and formulation in CBT – planning the treatment with clients.
    • Establishing relationship, structure, and assigning homework in CBT.
    • CBT for depression and anxiety 1: Key cognitive and behavioural strategies.
    • CBT for depression and anxiety 2: Key cognitive and behavioural strategies.
    • CBT for depression and anxiety 3: Key cognitive and behavioural strategies.
    • Skills focus (intensive skills practice): Applying theory to practice.
    • CBT and complex disorders.
    • Skills assessment: Evaluation of skills with subsequent feedback.
    • Research in CBT – what empirical studies suggest.
    • Consideration of CBT’s strengths, limitations, and reflections for the future.

  • The indicative content of the module includes:

    • Introduction to the history, philosophy, theory, current contexts, key concepts (including “subjectivity”) and definitions of CBT
    • Introduction to the concept of a “scientific discipline” and scientific underpinning of CBT and CBT utilisation in mental health settings and the critical evaluation of the scientific method and research limitations related to CBT
    • The compositional elements and structure of the CBT model
    • CBT in practice :- practical training in assessment and Case Formulation: use of measures during treatment (DASS 21 and other measures); application and use of CBT forms during treatment; training in use of relapse prevention blueprint; application and use and relevance of DSM diagnoses; the application of Guided Discovery in CBT; the context and emergence of Third Wave approaches; introduction to ACT and DBT
    • The rationale for the importance of homework/action plans in CBT
    • Collaboration and its importance in client relationships and understanding and developing the Therapeutic Alliance
    • Socratic questioning and downward arrow techniques
    • Differential contexts, theories and comparable applications between CBT and other approaches to psychotherapy
    • Consideration of specific treatment approaches for Anxiety, Depression, Social Anxiety, OCD, PTSD

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an empirically based psychological treatment for a variety of psychological problems (for e.g. depression and anxiety). The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at City College aims to introduce students the theoretical underpinnings of CBT and to the skills required for an in-depth knowledge of the practice of this therapeutic approach.   CBT seeks to examine and challenge clients with the manner in which their thoughts, beliefs and attitudes to various events and circumstances negatively affect their mood and behaviour. Whilst open to the general public, we strongly encourage the course for those working in a variety of roles where contact with those experiencing psychological problems may be a feature, e.g. psychotherapist, medical doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists etc.

  • Students are currently assessed by way of a 2,500-word assignment.

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Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email