Utilizing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Family Therapy 

Program Pre-Approved by the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association for 80 Credit Hours, Event Code 64930674 

Pre-Approved by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 80 CORE CEU Hours 

You will learn to help families learn ways to reduce conflict and increase feelings of connection, reduce negative feelings (anger) that result in verbal and behavioural aggression, and feel good about themselves because they will be doing the work of therapy in collaboration with the therapist.

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Is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Consistent with Family Therapy? 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has long been reputed, even among mental health practitioners, as "mechanical", and not consistent with marriage and family therapy. Such conclusions speak of how little these individuals know about CBT. Practitioners who are educated and trained in the clinical application of CBT understand the value of using CBT with individual, couples, families and groups. They begin by developing a therapeutic collaborative relationship with the family, which is foundational to the practice of CBT. Working with families using CBT is not merely concerned with symptoms; it is concerned with each member of the family, their history and past experiences, the interactional dynamics and how it all contributes to the issues that have arisen within the unit, and what they have 'learned and come to believe' about themselves that is getting in the way of experiencing fulfilling relationships. CBT is both an art and a science, and skilled practitioners learn how and when to utilize techniques specific to the practice. They know what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and whether or not they are the right therapist to do it. ​​

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You will learn to help families recognize their cognitions (thoughts), influence affect (feelings) and their behaviours and to recognize thinking patterns that create distorted views of reality. They will also learn how to help family members focus on modifying habitual responses to feelings, such as anger, shame and fear. 

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You will learn to confidently complete family assessments, conceptualize family problems using the CBT Model, intervene with families using CBT strategies, provide psycho-education, structure sessions for maximum effect, and feel confident in utilizing an evidence based practice that is becoming more and more requested by the public and by third party payers. They will learn common CBT interventions (behavioural experiments, using metaphor, working in collaboration with family-as-client, and more), and using the model for the numerous emotional and behavioural problems that are possible when working with families.

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Who is this course for? 

​​This online course in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Families is designed for mental health professionals who work with (or are considering working with) families, regardless of location. Suitable for social workers, counsellor/therapists, educators in the field of counselling/therapy, educators in the field of social work, psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, registered nurses, students in the field, and more.  If you are a provider, or educator/supervisor of providers who offer services for the purpose of improving  mental health with families, this course will add significantly to your Tool Box! 


Families can be helped to examine patterns of interactions among members in order to identify and alleviate problems, and learn strategies in reframing and refocusing away from non-helpful patterns of behaviour. Families can learn to recognize Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs), and how to "catch" NATs  before they affect the family in negative ways. They can learn to modify NATs and formulate more accurate and reasonable thoughts that contribute toward a healthier and stable family.


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             What Will I Learn in This Course? 

You will learn to help families set goals, learn skills in identifying, expressing and modifying emotions, understand how dysfunctional thoughts encourage the use of non-helpful behaviours, learn interpersonal skills to enhance social competence, and to identify effective discipline that is not based in harm or potential for harm.

Utilizing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Families (CBT-F-09180218)
 Sept 24, 2018 to Feb 24, 2019
$200 Early Bird Discount: Before August 1

​​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, group Case Studies, two audio-taped examples of using CBT and two case conceptualizations. Each group will engage in Skype/Adobe Connect meetings on a regular basis.

Holton, D., and Clark, D. (2006). Scaffolding and metacognition. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 37, 127-143.