Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Course for Beginners – Kain Ramsay Fundamentals

The Fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Learn the Fundamental Teachings, Transformative Methods and Main Ideologies of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy | CBT

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Kain Ramsay

Course Description

Approved by the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology (Achology), this captivating training course will introduce you to the central teachings, transformative processes and main ideas behind Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help people manage their problems by improving the way they think and behave. It is most commonly used to resolve anxiety and depression but can also be useful for goal setting, personal development and growth.

This introductory level training course precedes a CBT practitioner level training and is purposefully created to help you become a more skilled communicator, build rapport quickly with other people and know how to manage your thoughts, choices and consequent emotions.

Studying CBT is something that people from all avenues of life can benefit from. Being equipped to interpret a situation accurately before reacting or behaving is conducive to building robust intimate and professional relationships.

The course is uniquely helpful to those on the journey of personal development or professional growth. Due to the positive and rational basis for its effectiveness, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy has become among the most commonly used modalities for many of today's most esteemed coaches and professional helpers.

If you'd like to understand your reasoning processes more thoroughly or explain why other people behave and act the way they do, this exciting introduction to CBT course with Kain Ramsay will allow you to understand how people interpret their day-to-day experiences and generate the quality of outcomes they do.

This unique 8hr-long program will let you explore how to apply Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy in multiple areas of your life. You will discover essential principles that will allow you to become more productive in pursuing your goals, more effective when interacting with other people, and more patient with those who aren't yet as self-aware as you.

The Fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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6 hours of on-demand video

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How will this course benefit me?

Our course will teach you how to:

  • Studying CBT can help you change how you think and behave. Rather than focusing on past issues, CBT explores ways to improve your state of mind today.
  • Understand yourself better and why you feel as you do and help you make positive shifts in your thinking, sleep patterns and relationships.
  • Investigate and change how you think about yourself and how you relate to the world and the other people around you.
  • Studying CBT can help those who have difficulties with anger, low confidence, self-esteem or issues when relating to other people.
  • This course will help you sharpen your senses, increase your intuition and heighten your self-awareness (and awareness of others).
  • You will be taught how to pierce through unhelpful self-philosophies and live a more empowering and self-governing life.
  • It will help you end bad habits and establish new and more effective ways of rationalising, behaving and functioning.
  • This course acts as a bridge for those who aspire to further study and become an Achology certified CBT Practitioner.

What will I Learn?

As you apply what you in the modules, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the link between beliefs, emotions and behaviours.
  • Identify the origin of any unhelpful (or unfavourable) emotions.
  • Relate to other people more congruently and autonomously.
  • Apply wise life principles in appropriate aspects of your life.
  • Gain insights into how beliefs can sabotage our best intentions.
  • Learn strategies for interacting more accurately with other people.
  • Realise how our perception of things is rarely an accurate reality.
  • Understand how to influence others meaningfully and impactfully.

What does the course cover?

The Main Ideas & Founding Assumptions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 15 lectures
Section 2 - Goals, Evaluation & Analysis 11 lectures
Cognitions: The Distortions in Thought and Belief 12 lectures
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More about this course

Cognitive behavioural therapy has evolved into a large group of theories, life principles, helping models and therapeutic strategies. This training course provides a well organised, comprehensive and highly accessible introduction to CBT which may prove thought-provoking and transformative for some people.

Our Fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy course is intended for beginners to CBT who are contemplating going on to become an Achology certified CBT practitioner in the future.

Expect to examine aspects of yourself that you may have previously avoided overlooking. The course encourages you to investigate how you typically act in certain circumstances and suggests how you can break detrimental habits that may be damaging to your growth and ongoing development.

There is no deadline for completing this course, and you can arrange the training around other responsibilities and at your own chosen pace.

Following this course, you will know what Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is and how to apply CBT-based principles in your life.

Although the course is designed to be completed within 8 hours, this is not compulsory, as it is recognised that students who take online courses usually have to blend their learning with other everyday responsibilities. This is an essential course for anyone intending to invest in practitioner length CBT training.

Who is this course for?

  • This course is an absolute must for anybody investigating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the first time.
  • Students, teachers and experienced practitioners alike will do well to study this in-depth CBT training, particularly the additional study materials and student exercises.
  • Those who want to become more self and socially aware in work, business and their personal lives.
  • People considering employment in people management or HR and want skills in conflict management, collaboration and influence. 
  • Learning the fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is useful for those who want to sharpen their interpersonal skills.
  • Those who study Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy are generally teachers, medical professionals, life coaches, physical trainers, parents, psychologists, Achologists, social workers, management teams, supervisors and all those who want to become more effective versions of themselves.

Requirements for enrolling on this course

While there are no set criteria for studying CBT, there are some qualities you need to hold before becoming a practitioner of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. Abilities can be acquired, but the attributes that led you to study this course are what will sustain you.

This fundamentals of CBT training course draws on over a decade of practice and blends psychologically-based experience with relevant communication skills and life principles.

This course can be studied with an internet connection, though it is also available as MP3 for those who prefer to study on the go. You can review each lecture from the comfort of your home or cafe at any time.

You can access this Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy course from a smartphone, tablet or computer. The curriculum is comparable to that which what you might find in a reliable 'introduction to CBT' course.

A full range of downloadable, course materials is also included to help ensure that this Fundamentals of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy course is an enlightening and enjoyable learning experience for you.

There are many reflection-worthy concepts introduced during the course, so we encourage students to take notes (for personal use only. This course does not require any formal submissions).

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Achology offers you a unique learning ecosystem

Training with Achology offers you a unique learning ecosystem that centres around principled practices which exceed conventional education methods. Achology gives all students attentive support throughout its various programs, practice sessions and peer-to-peer practice events. 

Whether you are a managerial HR supervisor, a self-employed professional looking to certify your practice or a parent wanting to support your child, Achology training programs support every stage of your development.

In our unique, peer-learning environment, you can partake in live practice events, view pre-recorded tutorials, earn CPD credits (starting in 2020), and advance your professional progression. Once you feel ready, you can even apply to host training events and equip yourself for practising in a public or professional setting.

Achology gives you the tremendous opportunity to learn on your merit, work at your own pace, and propel your personal and professional development with the amount of support and accountability as you see fit.

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If you are a professional or aspire to become a professional practitioner then you’ll want to claim the Achology Professional Practitioner Certificate. In order to do this you will need to be a professional member of Achology, this is because these certificates provide a mechanism for professional verification and validation of your professional membership within the Achology body.

In essence, a certificate of completion demonstrates you completed a course, a professional certificate shows you belong to an organisation dedicated to professionalism, a code of ethics and continued professional development.

Put the learnings into practice

Practice putting the Life Coaching skills into practice by participating in live training sessions which are set up as Training Triads led by senior Achology members.

These Training Triads take place once a week over a six-week period. Each training session is 90 minutes in duration, and take place online using our own Achology virtual meeting room set-up (Zoom).

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Training Triads

A Training Triad is an established way to learn and improve coaching skills.
Within the proven effective and popular Triad format, you will:

  • Work together with a group of like-minded practitioners
  • Collaborate in a supportive and non-judgemental environment
  • Extensively practice towards mastery of your craft
  • Receive a host-lead introduction to life coaching intervention techniques
  • Witness a live demonstration of the technique
  • Be able to ask any questions
  • Move to separate meeting room in a smaller team (three roles: Coach, Client, Observer)
  • Specifically practice the principles of the coaching intervention technique in this group
  • View the coaching experience from varying perspectives (Coach, Client, Observer) 
  • Receive constructive feedback from both the client and an experienced Observer
  • Return to the group setting where you discuss learnings and can hear about the other group members’ experience

A Training Triad is a safe and supportive environment where you can attempt a new method, make mistakes and receive gentle feedback so you can hone your skills. It is easy to join and to participate. You will be guided throughout the process by a senior Achologist. All you need to do is to download the free Zoom application (from just once, and you will be able to participate in any of the forthcoming training triads. 

This live training is one of the benefits of membership of Achology. 

CBT Triads Programme

Training Traids Programme

The “ABC” of CBT

During this triad, we explore the basic ABC model of CBT with DEF i.e. disputing the irrational belief using Socratic questioning methods and forming new empowering beliefs.

Albert Ellis, Ph.D., the American psychologist who in 1955 developed REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) created the ABC model in his attempt to help people understand the meaning of our reactions to adversity. This ABC Framework follows the teachings of Dr. Ellis and helps individuals to begin identifying their limiting beliefs and build awareness of ‘how’ they think. By identifying thoughts that are often irrational, illogical and unhelpful, they can start to dispute them and begin to practise replacing them with healthier alternatives.

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Exploring the “DEF” after “ABC”

During the second Triad in this series, we will continue deeper with the ABC model of CBT with more emphasis on DEF i.e. Disputing the irrational belief using Socratic questioning methods.

This ABC -DEF Framework helps individuals to begin identifying their limiting beliefs and build awareness of ‘how’ they think. By identifying thoughts that are often irrational, illogical and unhelpful, they can start to dispute them and begin to practise replacing them with healthier alternatives, ultimately leading to more functional behaviors.

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The AWARE method to address anxiety

CBT is said to be most effective against dealing with anxiety. In this Triad we will explore how one of the most popular methods “AWARE” is used to deal with acute anxiety. This builds up on the ABC model that we have practiced in the previous two triads.

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Cognitive Distortions

In the fourth Triad of this series, we will explore some Cognitive Distortions and how to dispute them using the ABC-DEF method that we have learned in the past. 

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Problem-solving in CBT

In this triad we will explore one of the most versatile skills used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: problem solving. The process of problem solving consists of applying seven sequential steps 

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Putting it all together

In the last Triad of this series we will focus on putting the elements of the CBT framework – the change-focused techniques, communication skills and language patterns – learned over the past 5 practice Triads, together into an actual CBT session.

Feedback from our students

A.H. | CBT Triad Week 2

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"Good Q and A before the breakout rooms."

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T.M. | CBT Triad Week 3

"CBT aware method to address anxiety. Great framework."

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About the Author

Kain Ramsay is one of the world's most respected thinkers and teachers of modern applied psychology. He is globally acclaimed for his signature teachings on value-centred living, personal maturity and specialises in intelligent decision-making.

Kain is the founder of Achology and bestselling personal development instructor at Udemy. He has published many popular online training programs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Life Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Applied Psychology and Hypnotherapy.

Kain commenced his career in the British Army and has achieved multiple qualifications in the social sciences, counselling, life coaching and influential leadership. Kain stays in Scotland with his wife, Karen.

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  • Join a community of passionate helping practitioners
  • A library of resources for both you and your clients
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