Social Science


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certificate

Become a certified CBT practitioner and learn to use CBT to help people improve their mental health

4.53 (103 reviews)


4.5 hours


Aug 2021

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What you will learn

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Psychotherapy skills

Understand where psychological problems come from and what to do about them

Manage anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, addiction and more


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the gold standard of psychotherapy because of its proven effectiveness in improving mental health and wellbeing. This course will give you everything you need to understand what CBT is and how to use it.

CBT uses the cognitive model to help us better understand ourselves and make sense of our difficulties and uses a series of cognitive and behavioural strategies to make positive changes in our lives so that we feel better.

We will cover:

  • What CBT is and how it works

  • Step-by-step how to do CBT

  • How the brain works and how we can conceptualise problems and understand ourselves

  • How thoughts, feelings and behaviours are connected

  • Understanding intrusive thoughts, worry and rumination

  • Building a strong therapeutic relationship with clients

We will then look in more detail at how CBT applies to depression, anxiety, social phobia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia and addiction. We’ll also look beyond CBT as newly emerging CBT-based psychotherapies.

The course comes with a comprehensive handbook as well as downloads and worksheets so that you have all the resources you need to deliver CBT to others or use it yourself. On completing the course, you will earn a certificate accredited by both the International Association of Therapists and the European Educational Standards Body (EESB).


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certificate
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certificate
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certificate
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certificate




Course goals and outline

How to use this course

Course handbook

Meet your instructor

CBT foundations

What is CBT?

Features of CBT

Comparison with person-centred

Comparison with psychodynamic

Comparison with mindfulness

Strength and limitations

History and development

Evidence for CBT

Test your knowledge


Understanding the brain

Thoughts, feelings and behaviours

Conceptualising problems

Overview of the brain

Disorganised systems

Brain, chemicals and mood


The believing brain

Test your knowledge

Thinking: Exploring cognition

Cognitive processes

Attentional bias

Memory bias

Confirmation bias



ABC model

What impacts interpretations?

Cognitive distortions

Core beliefs

Effects on feelings and behaviours

Test your knowledge

Rumination and worry

Controllable cognition



Thought suppression

Exercising control

Test your knowledge

Feelings: Exploring emotion

It's not all in our heads

Stress response

Lazarus & Folkman model

Classical conditioning

Effects on thoughts and behaviours

Test your knowledge

Doing: Exploring behaviour

Maladaptive behaviours

Function of maladaptive behaviours

Where do behaviours come from?

Operant conditioning


Skill deficits

Effects on thoughts and feelings

Test your knowledge

Therapeutic alliance

What is the therapeutic alliance?

Non-specific factors

Active listening

Core conditions



Test your knowledge

Doing CBT

What does CBT look like?

CBT roadmap


Reviewing the evidence base

Is CBT a good fit?

Case formulation

Setting goals

Making changes


Test your knowledge

Cognitive strategies

Exploring thoughts

Why's that bad?

Challenging thoughts

Challenging thoughts worksheet

Rewriting thoughts

Rewriting thoughts worksheet

Testing with experiments

Task review worksheet

Tackling interpretations

Thought diaries

Thought diary worksheet

Test your knowledge

Behavioural strategies

Doing things differently


Types of exposure

Graded exposure

Hierarchy worksheet

Practising exposure

Safety behaviours

Pleasurable activities


Modifying operant conditioning

Test your knowledge

Skills training

What is skills training?

Skill assessment

Skill acquisition

Social skills

Effective problem solving

Test your knowledge

Mental health conditions

Introduction to conditions


Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)


Panic disorder

Social anxiety disorder (SAD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)



Beyond CBT

What else is out there?

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Metacognitive Therapy (MCT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)




Bonus lecture


Magda21 July 2021

Chris is a wonderful teacher, inspires calmness and confidence. Content of course is very interesting and very well Set out. Thank you! See you in the next one

Bronwen18 June 2021

The content is amazing and easy to grasp. The lectures are not too long with only essential information allowing you to keep focused.

Nivedita28 May 2021

The course is amazing for the beginners and easy to understand. Prof. Chris has made it very easy for everyone to understand with the simple examples.

Caitlin28 May 2021

I am LOVING this course! (halfway through now). I love how Chris gets into the scientific side, and I can tell he really knows what he's talking about as a psychologist and practicing psychotherapist. I know i'm going to be purchasing his MBCT and Metacognitive courses after this (and possibly some others too). I've done an MBCT course from another Coursera teacher and it was OK (the teacher was good and likable, but wasn't an actual psychologist like Chris, just a 'life coach') so I know that, personally, Chris is a better instructor for what I am looking to get out of a CBT (or MBCT or other psychology-based course). Thanks Chris! :)

Joanna24 May 2021

It is truly one of the best structured and most beautifully taught courses here! It's clear and straight to the point, that's why you will really remember what you've been learning during the course! I love it and I highly recommend it!

Alice23 May 2021

I really appreciated all the time and effort the instructor put into designing the course. Having short lectures was really effective. His passion for the topic really shines through.

Nivedita16 May 2021

Detailed course for someone who is completely unaware about CBT like me. I am learning a lot from this course.

Norbert20 April 2021

Very good overview of CBT. Also a good repetition and summary if you have done similar courses before. Thanks Chris for that variety of subjects.


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