The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
Floor 2, Grantham House,
Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.


Practitioner’s Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. IICP

Venue: IICP, Killinarden Enterprise Park, Killinarden, Dublin 24
Date: 12th November
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Learning Credits: 16

Fees: €495.00

This fantastic course is facilitated by Philip James, MSc. (Hons), is a four day certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) run over four Sundays. The aim of the course is to equip participants with the necessary theoretical and clinical understanding of the CBT approach to in therapeutic work. The course content can be broken into four broad areas:
  • Theory
  • Assessment of Presenting Problems
  • Disputation of Irrational Beliefs
  • Homework
For whom?
Clinical practice will form an integral part of the training.

Section 1.
Participants will learn the history of CBT with emphasis on Beck's Cognitive Therapy and Ellis' Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy. Participants will gain an understanding of the psychology behind the CBT model and its clinical application in today's climate.

Section 2.

Assessment of a problem will be explored in the second phase of training. The different classifications of irrational beliefs will be explained and discussed (i.e. inferences, evaluations etc.). Participants will learn how to identify rational and irrational beliefs and will clearly understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy emotions.

Section 3.
At this stage of training, participants will be taught the different types of disputation in CBT. They will learn how to dispute irrational beliefs at a logical, empirical and pragmatic level. They will be taught how to assist their client's in disputing their irrational thoughts and beliefs.

Section 4.
The role of homework will be explored in detail in this section. Having identified the need to develop and strengthen rational beliefs, participants will be given the skills required to help their clients achieve same. Participants will learn how to develop both written and behavioural assignments to address the identified issues.

  • The aim of the course is to equip participants with the necessary theoretical and clinical understanding of the CBT approach in therapeutic work.

Module Lecturer
Philip James trained as a psychiatric nurse in Dublin 1999 and was appointed as the first Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adolescent Substance Misuse in 2006. Since then he has worked adolescent substance use full-time. He completed a Masters Degree in 2005 and is a qualified Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapist and an accredited member of the Association of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in the UK and The Institute for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Ireland.

In addition to his clinical work he has been involved in a number of research projects and publications as well as teaching on a variety of courses up to Masters level. He is a reviewer for 3 international academic journals and on the International Advisory Committee of the journal Mental Health & Substance Use. Philip has authored or co-authored over 10 peer reviewed papers and 2 book chapters. He is co-author of the book Adolescent and Substance Use: the handbook for professionals working with young people, published by Radcliffe in November 2013.

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Cancellation and Refunds policy:
Receipts will be made available to you/your organisation on receipt of payment. Please note all remaining course fees are due in advance of course commencement. All courses are run subject to sufficient demand and the formation of a viable class cohort (which shall be determined in the sole discretion of IICP). A refund of any fees paid will be given to applicants in the event that the course does not proceed. Fees are not refundable in any other circumstances.


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