Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Nuts & Bolts

By Ofer Zur, Ph.D.



  • Whether you’ve been in practice two years or twenty, you’ve certainly had the opportunity to consult with clients that seemed mired in their own mind-waste. Weeks, months, sometimes even years of psychotherapy do not seem to move these clients towards greater health, clarity, insight or joy.
  • Enter CBT: One of the most practiced therapeutic skill sets today. Combining the theories and techniques of founding fathers such as Ellis, Beck, Watson and Skinner, CBT enables clinicians to move past those cognitive blocks and distortions to accompany clients towards improved mental and physical health.
  • Unlike psychoanalytic therapies that focus on the intrapsychic root of a person’s issues, CBT practitioners believe that changing thought patterns result in long lasting emotional, behavioral and cognitive changes.
  • CBT is one of the most widely known and used brief therapies utilized for symptom reduction. It is a highly effective tool for resolving negative self-talk that may support ineffective, inappropriate and, sometimes, even dangerous behavior.
  • As a field, CBT now encompasses therapies based on the work of such greats as: Aaron Beck, Albert Ellis, Maxie C. Maultsby, Jr., Aldo Pucci, Jeffrey Young, Marsha Linehan, Daniel Meichenbaum and David Burns.
  • CBT is relatively simple to learn and utilize and can be provided by a wide variety of clinicians and professionals across many settings.
  • Because the therapist him/herself is not primary to successful intervention, CBT can be practiced by a wide range of clinicians and clients.
  • CBT can be used effectively to treat depression, anxiety, panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, chronic illness, fatigue and more!

If you’ve been wondering about CBT and its efficacy and would like to add CBT to you toolbox of interventions, then this course is for you!

This course will:

  • Review the history and foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Identify and describe various interventions associated with CBT
  • List disorders that can be treated with CBT
  • Explore the benefits of combined pharmaceutical/CBT treatment
  • Summarize the contemporary trends in the field of CBT


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