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Event Details - Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Approaches (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Specialisation)

Title: Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Approaches (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Specialisation)
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:


The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with an understanding of the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). In addition to sound theoretical knowledge, participants will learn the essential core skills required to practice CBT clinically.

CBT is a highly structured, short-term, present-oriented psychological therapy (aka psychotherapy) that aims to resolve a client’s presenting issues by modifying dysfunctional thoughts and behaviours. CBT is one of the most evidence-based research psychotherapy shown to be effective in treating a variety of disorders, particularly clinical depression and anxiety disorders.

This workshop is for participants who would like to practice CBT but do not have the necessary training. This workshop may also be useful for teachers, management, leadership teams, parents or and individuals who are passionate about people and want to help others achieve more meaningful results in life.

Course / Workshop Outline:


This workshop will cover the following areas:

1. Introduction to Psychotherapy

• The theoretical approaches in Counselling & Psychotherapy

• Ethics

2. Theory of CBT

• The historical development of CBT

• The structure of therapy sessions and the course of treatment

• The conceptual models of CBT

3. CBT Core Skills

• Professional and therapeutic skills

• Intake and Assessment

• Develop case formulation

• Develop treatment plan with client

• Providing intervention and treatment

4. Theories of Major DSM Psychological Disorders

• Major Depressive Disorder

• Anxiety Disorder



The delivery of this workshop is designed to be equivalent to a post-graduate module. This workshop comprised of a mixture of lectures, skills training, demonstration, role-play, class presentation, and self-directed learning.



1. Forty (40) hours of contact time over a period of five (5) days for lectures, skills training, demonstrations, practice role-plays, and class presentation.

2. Ten (10) hours of self-directed learning, and class assignments.

OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

Day 1 (07 April 2019)

1.) Course Introduction (9am to 11am)

  • Overview & Structure
  • Course Expectations
    • Participants consent
    • Group formation
  • Assignments & Assessments
  • Questions & Answers (Q&A)

2.) Session 1: Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills (11am to 1pm)

  • What is Counselling?
  • Why Counselling?
  • The difference between the various helping professions?
    • Counsellor
    • Counselling Psychologist
    • Clinical Psychologist
    • Psychiatrist
    • Psychotherapist
    • Social Worker
  • Theories & Practice of Basic Counselling Skills

2.) Session 2: Cognitive Therapy (2pm to 6pm)

  • Cognitive Theory 
  • Cognitive Techniques
    • Socratic Methods
    • Thought Records
    • Psychoeducation
    • NAT & Core beliefs
  • Summary & Feedback
  • Session Rating Scale (SRS)


Day 2 (08 May 2019)

1.) Session 3: Behavioural Therapy (9am to 1pm)

  • Recap on Cognitive Therapy
  • Behaviourism
  • Behavioural Techniques
    • Guided Relaxation (Anxiety & Stress Management)
    • Graded Task Assignment
    • Graded Task Exposure
    • Behavioural Experiments

2.) Session 4: CBT, Part 1 (2pm to 6pm)

  • Principle of CBT 
  • Role Play
  • Summary & Feedback
  • Homework Assignment
  • SRS


Day 3 (14 May 2019)

1.) Refresher (9am to 10.45am)

  • Recap on Cognitive Therapy
  • Recap on Behavioural Therapy
  • Course Feedback
  • Homework group discussion

2.) Session 4: CBT, Part 2 (11am to 1pm)

  • Intake Session
  • Assessment & Case Formulation
  • Role Play

3.) Session 5: Depression (2pm to 6pm)

  • Theories of Depression
  • CBT Techniques
    • Behavioural Activation
    • Downward Arrow
    • Thought Record
  • Summary & Feedback
  • Homework Assignment
  • SRS


Day 4 (15 May 2019)

1.) Session 6: Anxiety (9am to 1pm)

  • Refresher on Depression
  • Theories of Anxiety
  • CBT Techniques
  • Role Play

2.) Session 7: Ethics (2pm to 4pm)

  • What is Ethics?
  • Practical Ethical consideration
  • ACA / APACS / SPS Code of Professional Ethics

3.) Group Assignment (4pm to 6pm)

  • Discussion
  • Consultation
  • Summary & Feedback
  • Homework
  • SRS


Day 5 (21 May 2019)

1.) Group Presentation (9am to 11am)

2.) Session 8: Ending a Therapeutic Relationship (11am to 1pm)

  • Psychoeducation
  • Relapse prevention
  • Supervision
  • Goals evaluation (with client)
  • Practice evaluation (self)

3.) Session 9: New Directions (2pm to 6pm)

  • Evolved forms of CBT
    • ACT
    • DBT
    • MCBT
  • Final Course Summary & Feedback
  • Final Q&A
  • Celebration!
Start/End Date: 07/12/2019 to 21/12/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 18:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Mr James Chong / The Lion Mind
Contact Name: James Chong
Contact Phone: (+65) 9677 6878
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Master in Counselling (Monash University), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (National University of Singapore)

James is the Counsellor with The Lion Mind. He has many years of experiences working with people from all walks of life (e.g. addiction, elderly, renal health, students, working professionals). As a strong believer of using evidence-based treatment, his counselling approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. He is also proficient in providing career counselling, group counselling, psychiatric rehabilitation counselling, and in providing the 5Es of renal rehabilitation.

James has presented in 2 oral presentations during the 5th Asia Pacific Rim International Psychotherapy and Counselling Conference 2017 in Singapore, and has published a peer-reviewed paper in the Australia Counselling Association (ACA)’s Counselling Australia Magazine.

James is a strong believer in continuous education and life-long learning. To date, he has a Master in Counselling from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). His other professional qualifications include Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy from the School of Positive Psychology, and Specialist Diploma in Career Counselling from Republic Polytechnic. He is also a WSQ certified HR Professional (Recruitment & Selection), and a certified Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator. In addition, James is currently a graduate student for the Master of Arts (Applied Psychology) programme with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

James is a registered Level 2 Practitioner (membership no. A0084) with the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS), and an Affiliate member with the Australian Psychological Society (APS)  since 2013.  He is also a Full Member (membership no. FM019005C) with the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) since 2019.

Address: 1 Sophia Road
Address 2: #06-31A
State: International
Postcode: 550544
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea
Registration URL:
Cost ($): SGD$1,650
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Early bird and student concession rate available. Please enquire for more details.

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