How Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Works
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) works through focusing on the interconnection between thoughts, feelings (emotional and physical) and resultant behaviour. The treatment is based on the understanding that one's thoughts are important in the development of negative emotional states. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is: Empirically-based (shown to be highly effective in the treatment of many clinical problems); Goal-oriented (goals are established for treatment and monitored for progress); Problem-focused (treatment is tailored individually to address problems and to reduce specific symptoms); Collaborative (the therapist facilitates the kind of therapeutic relationship in which the client in which the client actively participates in treatment); and Active (the professional educates the clinic, helps the client understand potential underlying causes of problems and solutions, and assigns homework and practices techniques learned in session.
This Comprehensive Certificate Program in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Practicing Nurses (Registered Nurses, Registered Practicing Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses), or those preparing for practice, is a clinical applications program and is delivered over a period of 13 months
Do you ever run into people who still believe that the role of a practicing nurse is confined to giving injections, doing bed baths, and taking "orders" from physicians?
Hopefully, not too often! As a nurse, you are aware that the role of nursing is expansive and continues to expand!
Nurses are everywhere! The Canadian Nurses Association defines the Registered Nurse in this way:
" [They] are self-regulated health-care professionals who work autonomously and in collaboration with others to enable individuals, families, groups, communities and populations to achieve their optimal levels of health. At all stages of life, in situations of health, illness, injury and disability, RNs deliver direct health-care services, coordinate care and support clients in managing their own health. RNs contribute to the health-care system through their leadership across a wide range of settings in practice, education, administration, research and policy" (CNA, Framework for the Practice of Registered Nurses in Canada, 2015, p. 7).
The same document goes on to say that registered nurses acquire, maintain and continually enhance their knowledge and skills for all aspects of their practice while ensuring the use of evidence-informed decision-making.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy fits "hand-in-glove" in the many areas they are found; in hospitals, nursing homes, medical offices, ambulatory care centers, community health centers, schools specialty clinics, in the armed services, children's camps, homeless shelters, prisons, at sporting events and tourist destinations, birth centers, independent practices and much more. It fits "hand-in-glove" as they consult, engage in research, teach and formally educate, and lead others.
Why CBT for Practicing Nurses?
Perhaps the question should be, "Why Not CBT for Practicing Nurses?"
Most of those who recognize the term "Cognitive Behaviour Therapy" link it exclusively to mental health care. That is understandable, considering that CBT began with mental health care and spent considerable decades in the domain of mental health professionals.
CBT continues to grow in its influence in mental health care, with an extensive evidence base for the treatment of mental health problems, and is a preferred treatment and best practice modality. However, the use of CBT has widened to a diverse range of physical healthcare environments, with research highlighting its use in improving patient outcomes both in terms of reduction in morbidity and improved quality of life.
CBT is now used in many nursing specialties and areas, which makes sense since it is highly recognized and recommended, extensively practiced, and empirically validated.
More and more clients are asking for CBT, and physicians are recommending CBT because it is based on evidence that works. CBT is well -recognized by referral and funding sources as a effective treatment for a wide range of common mental and physical issues. It is one of the most sought after therapies in the Western world today, and is becoming more mainstream as its benefits are recognized across demographics and populations.
How Will I Learn It?
We specialize in online learning in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for health professionals. We realize that educating professionals in CBT significantly expands the health and wellness resources available to our healthcare clients.
You will work in small collaborative groups within a larger class. In fact, you can register with a group of 6-8 peers and expect to complete the entire program with that same group. Alternately, you can register individually and work with people from across the country and beyond. Your collaborative learning groups will facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, the co-creation of knowledge, meaning, reflection, and transformative learning. Reciprocal scaffolding (Holton and Thomas, 2006) is utilized where collaboratively working groups are provided with opportunities to learn from the experiences and knowledge of each other.
This online program consists of weekly video lectures, weekly discussion, frequent electronic quizzes to keep you on-track, 8 Case Studies, 10 Case Conceptualizations, and an option to engage in two audio-taped 'sessions' using CBT. There will be monthly meetings with program facilitator using an online conference platform. While all learners will not be able to participate in all meetings, there is an expectation that they plan to attend 4 out of a potential 12 meetings.
Holton, D., and Clark, D. (2006). Scaffolding and metacognition. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 37, 127-143.
Comprehensive Certificate Program in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Practicing Nurses
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What will I Learn in this Program?
August 2018 Intake (Now Registering)
August 13, 2018 to September 27, 2019
$2200: Early Bird Discount ($250) and an extra $150 for members of the Canadian Nurses Association with registration and full payment before June 15, 2018
Non-Early Bird Registration Deadline
(when spaces available):
July 16, 2018
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To Register: Download, Complete, and Fax your Completed Registration Form to (519) 488-1061,
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Nurses are Everywhere!
The Foundational/Core Aspects of the CBT Model
Developing the Therapeutic Collaborative Relationship
The Clinical Application of CBT with Stress and the Anxiety Disorders
Exploring CBT with the Elderly
Exploring CBT with Chronic Medical Conditions, including Diabetes Education and Care
Exploring CBT with Common Traumas
Exploring CBT with Families in Crisis
Exploring CBT with Families in Distress and More
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Assessment, Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning in CBT
The Clinical Application of CBT with the Mood Disorders
Exploring CBT with the Personality Disorders
Exploring CBT with Adult ADHD
Exploring CBT with Chronic Pain
Exploring CBT for Weight Loss
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