Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Theory & Applications

Course materials are available as audio with transcripts.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most practiced therapeutic skill sets today. CBT is defined as the integration of Cognitive and Behavioral therapies designed by greats like Ellis, Beck, Watson and Skinner.

Unlike psychoanalytic therapies that focus on the intrapsychic root of a person’s issues, CBT practitioners believe that changing thought patterns results in long lasting emotional, behavioral and cognitive changes. CBT is one of the most widely known and used brief therapies utilized for symptom reduction, and it is a highly effective tool for resolving negative self-talk that may support ineffective, inappropriate and, sometimes, even dangerous behavior. CBT is one of the therapies of choice by most Managed Care companies as it is relatively efficient and keeps session use to a minimum. CBT strategies are great to have in your toolkit no matter what your underlying theoretical orientation. It can be used effectively to treat depression, chronic illness and fatigue, pain and the whole complement of anxiety disorders. This course will provide a general introduction to CBT.

This beginner/intermediate course is comprised of an audiotaped introduction and three articles (with audio versions). The first two articles define and describe the foundations and interventions associated with CBT, as well as some of the contemporary thinking about whether or not CBT is actually a stand-alone theoretical model and therapy or simply a useful set of techniques. The third article poses ways in which CBT can be used with child welfare in which clinicians may need to incorporate additional strategies or interventions.


  • Introduction
  • History & Founders
    • Aaron Beck: Cognitive Therapy
    • Albert Ellis: Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
    • Maxie C. Maultsby, Jr., M.D.: Rational Behavior Therapy
    • Aldo Pucci: Rational Living Therapy
    • Jeffrey Young: Schema Focused Therapy
    • Steve Hayes: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Marsha Linehan: Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Meichenbaum: Stress Inoculation Therapy
    • Burns: Feeling Good Therapy
  • Interventions Associated with CBT
    • Socratic Questioning
    • Cognitive Restructuring
    • Automatic Thought Logs
    • Homework
  • Disorders that can be treated with CBT

Educational Objectives

  • Review the history and foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Utilize the various interventions associated with CBT.
  • Identify disorders that can be treated with CBT (and implement treatment).
  • Recognize the benefit of using CBT with children.