Online Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Connexus Institute is delighted to offer this 4-day online Certificate in CBT designed for both the novice and those seasoned in this therapeutic approach, and led by Louise Rooney, a highly respected CBT therapist and teacher in the mental health and well-being field. This course will offer you a great introduction to CBT as a solution/future-focused modality and give you the opportunity to explore differences and  parallels in therapeutic approach, as well as the chance to gain some practical CBT skills. 

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health by focusing on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviours; improving emotional regulation; and developing personal coping strategies that target solutions to current problems.

CBT has become one of the most widely used therapeutic approaches for many national health care providers such as the NHS, and whilst as therapists we tend to have our core model of choice, it is always helpful to extend our skills and knowledge across a wider arena so we can offer an integrated and broader experience to our  clients.

As a trainee counsellor, it was important to me to feel empowered and respected – I had this in droves from Louise and I was sad that the training came to an end. More please!’

Trainee counsellor

What does the Certificate in CBT Cover?

  • The process of CBT in practice: skills and understanding from formation, through applied behaviour/thought changes, to therapeutic endings.
  • Cognitive dissonance/distortion
  • Socratic questioning techniques
  • Triggers, automatic thoughts, and the ABC model (Activating Event - Behaviour - Consequences)
  • Resistance management in CBT
  • CBT and neuropsychology
  • The use of key therapeutic tools in CBT
  • Myth-busting and assessing when CBT is not appropriate as an approach
  • An introduction to satellite modalities (e.g., MCBT, dialectical behaviour therapy, positive psychology)

And a few added extras!

What outcomes can I expect?

On completion, you will have gained a deeper understanding of CBT, its therapeutic approach and its benefits as a change process; practiced and developed your CBT skills; and discussed and reflected on its application in your own practice, through a shared learning experience.

You will receive a Connexus Institute Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for 24 hours of CPD.

Length: Four days across two consecutive weekends

Times: Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 to 16:30

Mode: Online

Dates for this course are: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd and Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th July 2023 (four days)

Cost: £450

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Meet your course leaders

Louise Rooney

Louise Rooney MBACP Dip. Ed (Warwick) ISVA (Adv). is a trained counsellor, CBT therapist, (BACP Member 619534) Advanced Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (NOCN), and teacher. Currently Head of Wellbeing and Personal Development at Solihull School in the Midlands, Louise’s background is in counselling, teaching, and training in the NHS, education sector, social services, military mental health, the criminal justice system, College of Policing, and charitable sector around key themes of mental health and wellbeing, vulnerability, resilience, trauma, diversity, and counsellor training (OCN). In her private practice, she has worked with children and adults, couples, and family groups across a range of therapeutic themes. As an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate, Louise has also supported victims of crime and witnesses through the reporting process and in court. Awarded two Chief Constable Commendations for her work with vulnerable social groups and by West Midlands Police and Warwickshire Police, Louise is also the Anti-Discrimination Lead for her school and has been commended at inspection for her inclusive and innovative approach to teaching and training.

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