Introduction to Cognitive – Behavioral Therapies (251049)

Learning Outcomes

1.    To present the historical development of Cognitive Behavior Therapies and intervention fields;
2.    To approach key concepts and theoretical models underlying a cognitive behavioral conceptualization;
3.    To promote knowledge about the main characteristics of Cognitive Behavior Therapies;
4.    Briefly present new developments in the domain of Cognitive Behavior Therapies, such as Contextual Therapies or 3rd Wave Cognitive Behavior Therapies.

Study Program

1.    Classical conditioning paradigm, basic principles, and therapeutic implications
2.    Operant conditioning paradigm, basic principles, and therapeutic implications
3.    Social learning paradigm, basic principles, and therapeutic implications
4.    The emergence of Cognitive Therapy:
1.1.    Information Processing Paradigm
1.2.    Beck’s Cognitive Therapy
1.3.    Ellis’ Rational-Emotive Therapy Ellis
1.4.    Meichenbaum Self-instructional Training
2.    Developments of Cognitive Therapies applied to personality disorders
3.    Brief overview of the latest developments - Cognitive Behavioral Therapies contextual therapies (3rd wave)



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