Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for 




Advanced | Clinical Interventions

2.25-3.00 CE Credits | 3 Hrs. 

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About the Course


For support in treating depression, this course offers the best of cognitive behavioral therapy theory and technique. The skills taught in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression have been empirically shown to treat symptoms of various types of depressive disorders effectively. With cognitive behavioral therapy’s understanding of the mind-body connection, you will be prepared to teach your clients techniques like behavioral activation and the ABCDE method that may improve their symptoms and strengthen them to handle relapse.

NOTE: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Foundations—A Skills-Based Approach is a prerequisite for this course. You will not receive credit for this course unless you have first completed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Foundations.

Estimated Course Length: 3 hrs. 30 min

Course Includes: 7 modules with over 30 components in each module (components consist of a mixed media approach with roleplays, video interviews with subject matter experts, animation explainer videos, knowledge games, and more)

Companion Videos: 20 companion videos for your clients specifically designed to reinforce skills learned in cognitive behavioral therapy for depression treatment; over 120 mental health literacy videos for clients on a host of mental health topics

Downloadable PDFs: 6 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Mental Health Providers (licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, behavioral health nurses); Physicians; Nurses

Level of Instruction: Advanced

Prerequisite: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Foundations: A Skills-Based Approach

Instructional Method: Self-paced, interactive, hybrid of audio, text, video, and learning checks

Accessibility Accommodations: Closed captioning of all audio and video components

After completing this course, you will be able to describe and employ the following:

  1. Describe the connection between cognition, emotion, and behavior according to the CBT model. The description must include a clinical interpretation of how each component impacts and affects the others.

  2. Define depression-specific cognitive distortions through the scrutiny of irrational core beliefs, expounding on these three restructuring techniques: ABCDE method, Socratic questioning, and activating choice.

  3. Assess the following four behavioral activation techniques: SMART goals, action planning, utilizing rewards, and starting and maintaining a positive cycle. Scrutinize the depression-avoidance cycle, providing specifics on its reversal.

  4. Compare these five strategies for coping with anhedonia: resisting blame, restoring relationships, avoiding negative coping mechanisms, and utilizing the mind-body connection.

  5. Explain the techniques of behavioral and cognitive modification: teaching behavioral activation and healthy coping skills for depression and explaining client homework assignments.

  6. Identify client progress using measurement-based care and client’s readiness for termination of therapy, and/or potential for relapse using a post-therapy plan that utilizes these three techniques: maintenance, anticipating setbacks, and booster sessions.

Course Activities for CE Credits: ≥ 2 hrs. 19 min.

  • Pre-Course Assessment (8 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

  • Module 1: Seeking Treatment (14+ minutes)

  • Module 2: Starting Individualized Treatment (17+ minutes)

  • Module 3: Cognitions and Depression (14+ minutes)

  • Module 4: Emotions and Depression (14+ minutes)

  • Module 5: Behavior and Depression (18+ minutes)

  • Module 6: Tools for Behavioral Activation (14+ minutes)

  • Module 7: Ending Treatment and Preventing Relapse (20+ minutes)

  • Theory Tank (10+ minutes)

  • Post-Course Assessment (8 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

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