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September 30, 2018 to February 15, 2019
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Anxiety disorders are the most common form of psychological or emotional dysfunction. Not only are they common, they can be disabling for clients, their families, and for the social world in which they live. It impacts relationships, education, productivity, and overall quality of life (Health Canada, 2002). Cognitive Model of Anxiety explains that Cognitions (thoughts), Feelings (emotions) and Behaviour (actions) all interact each other and influence each other. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy helps the anxious client reorient perceptions of danger to be more consistent with the actual level of danger that exists in a situation. CBT Group Therapy is beneficial because it is both efficient and effective. Groups increase accessibility to treatment, which is especially important in areas where there are few qualified therapists. It is cost effective for clients, and also allows for group support among attending clients who share similar problems. This course is designed to teach you how to design and facilitate a 12-session CBT Group Therapy program for clients with anxiety.
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In this course, participants will learn both content and process of facilitating Anxiety Groups. They will learn about Yalom’s 11-Factors of Therapeutic Group Facilitation; Universality; Altruism; Instillation of hope; Guidance; Imparting information; Developing social skills; Interpersonal learning; Cohesion; Catharsis; Existential factors; and Imitative behavior. Participants will understand the Therapeutic Factors Inventory (TFI), an evidence-based tool to assess the presence or absence of Yalom’s therapeutic factors in a group (Lese & MacNair-Semands, 1997); Participants will understand the Yalom Q-sort Assessment.
What Will I Learn in this Course?
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Participants will learn the structure and process of therapy for Anxiety disorders within a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Group. The group is a social system with the mental health professional as facilitator/therapist. The therapist attends to both content and process within the group and ensures that boundaries are respected. Clients (group members) need to experience the group as a safe container in which the work of the group takes place. The facilitator stays focused on group members who are intentional and involved and those who avoid becoming involved in the group. The therapist is aware of when to intervene and when to let the group process take care of itself. Bonds are formed between group members and with the facilitator and these bonds promote positive outcomes of the group's work.
The Anxiety Disorders will be reviewed from a Transdiagnostic Perspective;
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will be examined from a Trans diagnostic Framework;
Participant will learn how to assess each client prior to attending the Anxiety Disorder group; Will learn about Assessment Scales, including the PDSS; PAQ-1V; SPDQ; BFNE; PSWQ; Y-BOCS; PI-WSUR; BAI; and ADDQ.
Participation will learn how to Structure group, and present group boundaries and rationale;
Participant will understand the purpose of each group session and the rationale for the content of each session;
Participants will learn how to write Session Outlines for each group session;
Participant will learn how to Evaluate the group and help clients transition out of the group.
We specialize in online learning in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for mental (and physical) health professionals. We realize that educating professionals in CBT significantly expands the health and wellness resources available to 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, group Case Studies, and meetings with your facilitator via Electronic Platforms.
Health Canada. (2002). A report on mental illnesses in Canada. Retrieved on May 26, 2016 from Website: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/phb-dgspsp/publicat/miic-mmac/index.html
Holton, D., and Clark, D. (2006). Scaffolding and metacognition. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 37, 127-143.
Lese, K.P.; MacNair-Semands, R.R (2000). The Therapeutic Factors Inventory: Development of a scale. Group, Vol 24(4), Dec 2000, 303-317.
MacNair-Semands, R.R. (2000). Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, Vol 4(3), Sep 2000, 254-258
Learn to Facilitate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Groups for Clients with Anxiety Disorders
Program Pre-Approved by theCanadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association for 40 Credit Hours
Event Code 649311043
Pre-Approved by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 45 CORE CEU Hours