Details for Basics of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

This subject aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Students will gain insights into the main theories, concepts and skills of CBT and the way in which they are applied to a variety of counselling scenarios. This intensive will give students the opportunity to experience and deliver CBT skills. Students will also develop skills in case formulation using a cognitive-behavioural approach.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSE511
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Katherine Hurrell


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Basics of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Critique several of the more prominent cognitive behavioural therapies;
  2. Apply the conceptualisation skills and therapeutic techniques of CBT to themselves and others;
  3. Structure and format therapy sessions creating a collaborative relationship between client and therapist, guiding clients in significant self-discoveries that will facilitate change;
  4. Appraise limitations and criticisms of the cognitive behavioural approaches and recognize the consistencies between cognitive behavioural therapy and Christian beliefs.

Subject Content

  • Review several cognitive behavioural therapies with a primary focus given to the more prominent cognitive behavioural approaches
  • The application and practice of cognitive behavioural therapy techniques
  • Developing the art of Socratic dialogue in guiding clients in significant self-discoveries
  • Structuring and formatting cognitive behavioural therapy sessions
  • Limitations of cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Facilitating student self-awareness
  • Understanding the connection between cognitive processes and distress

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Exam (40%)
  • Case Study and Treatment Plan (30%)
  • Skills Presentation and Paper (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Kennerley, H., Kirk, J., & Westbrook, D. (2017). An introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and applications (3rd ed. rev.). London: Sage Publications.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any texts