Details for Cognitive Behavioural Theories and Therapies

This subject aims to introduce students to the theories and practices 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: SSC336
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Cognitive Behavioural Theories and Therapies

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

Unit Content


  1. Recognise several of the more prominent cognitive behavioural therapies and identify the major differences and similarities;
  2. Apply the conceptualization skills and therapeutic techniques of CBT to yourself and others;
  3. Structure and format therapy sessions to create a collaborative relationship between client and therapist, guiding clients in significant self-discoveries that will facilitate change;
  4. Examine limitations and criticisms of the cognitive behavioural approaches and recognize the consistencies between cognitive behavioural therapy and Christian beliefs.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Unit
  • What is CBT?
  • Foundations of the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Nature of Thoughts and Beliefs
  • A-B-C-D-E Analysis
  • Techniques
  • Assessment & Formulation
  • Case Planning
  • CBT for Low Mood, Anxiety & Anger
  • CBT for Self-Esteem & Wellbeing
  • Case Termination
  • Integration with ACT & DBT
  • Practical workshop

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Exam (40%)
  • Case Study & Treatment Plan (30%)
  • Skill Presentation & 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 prior to purchasing any textbooks.