Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy


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Participants will develop a thorough theoretical understanding of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the skills specific to this mode of therapy. Reference will be made to the work of Ellis and Beck. Teaching approaches will include lectures, modelling and a strong emphasis on skills practice in small groups with supervision.

This is a course suitable for the beginner and for those wishing to refresh their skills. A qualification in a health or ‘helping’ profession (e.g. counselling, social work, teaching) is the usual prerequisite, although holders of degrees such as Bachelor of Psychological Science, Criminology or similar, will also be eligible to participate in our training. Provided that all requirements are met, the Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

Course Aims

  1. Sound knowledge of cognitive behavioural models, concepts and methods.
  2. An understanding of issues of importance relating to the theory and practice of CBT. These include:
    • the relationship between CBT theory and therapy
    • the use of CBT with a variety of client groups and disorders
    • related research on outcome and process
  3. Competence in assessing patient suitability for CBT
    • in developing CBT case-formulations
    • in devising and implementing individual treatment programmes
    • in evaluating their effects
  4. The ability to convey clearly the central concepts of CBT and to communicate basic treatment skills.

The Course does not aim to prepare students to teach and supervise CBT. The emphasis is on acquiring, practising and communicating specialised clinical skills, within an explicit theoretical framework in relation to associated empirical research.

Course Description

First practiced in the area of clinical depression, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is now recognized as a highly effective therapy for most mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, suicidality, bipolar disorders, ADHD and trauma. In this advanced-level course, students will learn how to apply the CBT interventions learned in Level I to clinical (DSM-5) and sub-clinical issues. Today, CBT is also widely used with sub-clinical issues that precede mental health disorders – often referred to as the stressors of the “worried well” – such as perfectionism, guilt, and shame, procrastination and self-esteem concerns. In this advanced course, students will hone their skills to assess the symptoms of these disorders and sub-clinical issues, apply the most effective CBT interventions to treat the presenting symptoms and understand and use step-by-step CBT protocols.

Course Modules

1.Introduction to the philosophy and the historical development of Counselling and Psychotherapy
2.Types of Counselling: Directive and Non-Directive
3.The Counsellor’s Role
4.Counselling Goals
5.Introduction to Counselling Skills
6.Confrontation in Counselling
7.Influencing Skills in Counselling
8.Body Language in Communication
9.Counsellors and Psychologists
10.The Three Major Approaches to Counselling
11.The Psychodynamic Approach
12.The Person-Centred Approach
13.The Behavioural and the Cognitive Behavioural Model
14.Coping with Change
15.The Counselling Questionnaire
16.Dealing with Anger and Stress
17.Dealing with Loss, Grief, Guilt, Depression, PTSD, Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH) and Suicide tendencies
18.Cultural and Cross-Cultural Issues
19.Legal and Ethical Situations in Counselling
20.The Importance of Counselling Supervision
21.Counselling and Psychotherapy Case Studies

About Our Institution

SoftMind is one of India’s leading trusted and accredited centers for clinical hypnosis, cognitive behaviour therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, Guidance, and counselling. Our Psychotherapists and hypnotherapists are highly experienced and fully qualified. The SoftMind works and adheres to the code of ethics and guidelines of the Association of Professional Psychologists, Association for Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy India and strictly adheres to the guideline of The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.

To address the need for trained manpower to work in the area of psychotherapy, SoftMind launched Hypnotherapy Courses in the year 2010. The courses have been designed with a Developmental, Ecological and Rights Perspective to enable the learner to function effectively as a mental health professional with an updated understanding of theoretical constructs, and the requisite skills.


To explore and evolve attitudes, values, and beliefs that facilitate work with individuals as mental health professionals.

To acquire knowledge and understanding of theoretical constructs and practical skills in clinical hypnosis and other psychological interventions.

Training Locations

We've 3 hospitals and 3 clinics in major cities in Kerala which includes Kochi, Calicut, Thrissur, and Alappuzha.

A Word from our Chief Consultant & CMD

Our Hypnotherapy Practitioner Certificate course incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) into our therapeutic process which means that our candidates are able to facilitate clients resolve problems. Vibrant psychotherapists such as Milton Erickson, Dave Elman who made Hypnosis and its benefits a lifelong study, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) founder Richard Bandler, are among the authors of this dynamic approach whose influential work is featured in our training program. Clinical practitioners complete our course with a comprehensive range of competence and expertise which they need to enable their clients to achieve their goals. These changes are positive and often dramatically life-changing. Change can be easier than you think through counselling. Hypnosis is an act of love… Permission to enter trance is an act of love…

Prasad Amore