Child Therapy, Counselling, Family Therapy, Professional Development

CBT Informed Practices for the Modern Clinician


The simplest way to understand CBT- cognitive-behavioural-therapy informed interventions is in relation to eating a healthy diet and food selection.  The diet industry is in part based on strategies that help people decide what to eat and when.  For example, losing weight is often identified as one of the hardest habits to change even where negative health risks are confirmed by your doctor. Of course, the clinical application of CBT treatment is reserved for regulated mental health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, medical doctors, and other certified counselling professionals. It is possible to become CBT certified through a formal course of training and supervision.  Using CBT strategies with children and youth has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to help people to think, behave, and feel differently about or in particular situations they identify as personally troubling. CBT-Informed strategies are used in most clinical activities designed for activity-based counselling interventions with people.  There are a range of activities used to help people to identify feelings and emotions, ways of thinking and behaving that are harmful, or self-destructive, or self-deprecating. Clinical activities may include play, arts, or literary based tasks that help everyone involved in the counselling process to talk about troubling emotions, thoughts, and/or feelings.  These tasks also provide opportunities for people to externalize problem thoughts, feelings, and behaviours decreasing anxiety that is naturally provoked when addressing personal problems.  CBT activities are especially useful in family therapy sessions where talking about any one particular member of the family may cause undue and irreparable harm to one or all members.  The modern social worker is aware, sensitive and to a certain degree accountable for managing and mediating  the oppressive experiences of vulnerable family members in a clinical counselling milieu.  It is in this intense or heavy space of clinical accountability and care that the modern social worker seeks formalized supervision on casework.  It is also in this intimate clinical space that theoretical questions of consent become real. 

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