Psychology – Doctoral Degree 2014
Cognitive and behavioral models in clinical practice
Status: optional
Recommended Year of Study: 1
Recommended Semester: 2
ECTS Credits Allocated: 10.00
Pre-requisites: Rational-emotive behavior therapy

Course objectives: The aim of the course is to learn about the multiple ways that can be used to deal with client's problems from the cognitive-behavioral perspective, increasing the flexibility in thinking about cases and the capacity to build a therapeutic alliance with clients from the perspective of cognitive-behavior therapies.

Course description: The course provides a broad and comprehensive framework for understanding the contemporary perspectives in theory, practice and research of the so-called "second" and "third" wave of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Topics: 1. basic postulates of contemporary CBT models, 2. therapeutic methods of contemporary CBT models including case conceptualization, methods of assessment, therapeutic relationship and process, cognitive, emotive and behavioral techniques; 3. process and outcome research, current issues and future direction in CBT. The following treatments will be considered: cognitive therapy, rational-emotive behavior therapy, problem solving therapy, scheme therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectic behavior therapy, behavioral activation therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, compassion focused therapy, cognitive-analytic therapy, cognitive therapy focused on emotions and positive psychology and therapy.

Learning Outcomes: Students will acquire knowledge about theoretical postulates and therapeutic procedures from a wide range of cognitive and behavioral models. The course will also improve assessment skills, case conceptualization skills and treatment planning.

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