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Training Program in CBT

The development of the following GACBP CBT Training Program was based on the recommendations and principles of the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT). The graduates of this program become accredited as CBT therapists by GACBP and by EABCT.

 

The training program is open to mental health professionals (like psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric residents) and the eligible candidates are also needed to hold the relevant license to practice their profession. Exceptionally, the program is also open to last year Psychology students, provided that by the end of the first year of their CBT training they will have graduated and hold the relevant license to practice Psychology.

 

FIRST YEAR

 

A. THEORETICΑL PART (5 teaching hours a week for 32 weeks/ total of 160 hours)

 

Theoretical training during the first year has four consecutive modules of 8 weeks duration each (40 teaching hours each module):

a) Intake evaluation/ history taking-Therapeutic relationship,

b) Psychopathology-Diagnosis,

c) Learning Theories-Behavior Therapy, and

d) Introduction to Cognitive Theory and Therapy

 

B. CLINICAL PART- Video-Workshops (total of 60 hours)

 

Trainees have to opportunity to attend six (6) video-recorder workshops that have been organized by GACBP in Thessaloniki. Video-workshops are organized during the first weekend of every month (9:00-14:00 for Saturday and for Sunday) from January to June every year.

 

Video-workshops:

1. Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety Disorders. Prof. Isaac Marks, University of London, UK

2. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy of Panic Disorder. As.Prof. Gregoris Simos, Univeristy of Macedonia, Greece

3. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Prof. Paul Salkovskis, University of Reading, UK

4. Cognitive Therapy for Social Phobia. Dr Gillian Butler, University of Oxford, UK

5. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Prof. Thomas Borkovec, Penn State University, USA

6. Cognitive Therapy with Couples and Families. Dr Frank Dattilio, University of Pennsylvania/ Harvard University, USA

 

SECOND YEAR

 

A. THEORETICΑL PART (4 teaching hours a week for 32 weeks/ total of 128 hours)

 

Theoretical training during the second first year has four consecutive modules of 8 weeks duration each (32 teaching hours each module):

a) CBT Skills and techniques (Clinical interview, case conceptualization, homework assignments, behavioral experiments, cognitive techniques, introduction to psychopharmacology),

b) Clinical Syndromes-I (CBT for Depression-Suicidality- CBT for Panic Disorder- CBT for GAD- CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder),

c) Clinical Syndromes-II (CBT for OCD, CBT for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Obesity, CBT with Couples, Sex Therapy), and

d) Clinical Syndromes-III (CBT for Schizophrenia, Schema Therapy for Personality Disorders).

 

B. CLINICAL PART- Video-Workshops (total of 60 hours)

 

Trainees have to opportunity to attend six (6) video-recorder workshops that have been organized by GACBP in Thessaloniki. Video-workshops are organized during the third weekend of every month (9:00-14:00 for Saturday and for Sunday) from January to June every year.

 

1. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Panic Disorder. Prof. Paul Salkovskis, University of London, UK

2. Cognitive Therapy of obsessions without compulsions: A new approach to an old problem. Prof. David E Clark, University of New Brunswick, Canada

3. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders. Dr Christopher Fairburn, University of Oxford, UK

4. Cognitive-Behavioural Systemic Approach in Couple Therapy. Prof. Mehmet Sungur, Marmara University, Turkey

5. Parents’ Training and the Cognitive Behavioural Approach: From Alpha to Omega. Lefteris Konstantinidis, Thessaloniki

6. Personality styles and disorders along the life span: A cognitive-developmental life task approach. Prof. Arthur Freeman, USA

 

C. CLINICAL PART-CLINICAL PRACTICE

 

1. Clinical practice (treating patients or clients).

At the beginning of their clinical practice, trainees undertake 1-2 cases simultaneously (weekly caseload) and under close individual weekly supervision, while progressively –as they  feel more competent- they could treat 2-4 cases simultaneously (weekly caseload). Total treatment hours at the end of the second year are 100 to 150.

 

2. Supervision of intake evaluation/ assessment: This is done by means of weekly meetings of the group of trainees and their trainers where trainees present the intake evaluation/assessment of new cases [history taking, diagnostic proposal(s), CBT case formulation]. As far as there is a regular intake of new cases, this meeting is scheduled at a certain day and time of the week (typically on Thursdays at 17:00-18:00 or every second Wednesday at 19:00-21:00/ approximately 50 hours a year).

 

3. Supervision of therapy: This is an intensive (weekly) individual supervision (approximately 50 hours a year)

 

THIRD YEAR

 

A. THEORETICAL PART  (total of 18 hours)

 

Theoretical part during third year is done through the form of a monthly two-hour Journal Club. Trainees present and discuss with the trainer and their co-trainees two or three (usually inter-related) recent and interesting journal articles during each JC meeting. Articles refer to newer diagnostic entities (e.g. Hoarding) and their CB treatments, CBT training, as well as CBT efficacy topics (and reviews).

 

B. CLINICAL PART- Video-Workshops (total of 20 hours)

 

Trainees have to opportunity to attend two (2) video-recorder workshops that have been organized by GACBP in Thessaloniki. Video-workshops are organized during the third weekend of every month (9:00-14:00 for Saturday and for Sunday) of October and November every year.

 

1. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychoses. Dr Antonio Pinto, University of L'Aquila, Italy

 

2. Schema Focused Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. Dr Jeffrey Young, Cognitive Therapy Center of New York, USA

 

C. CLINICAL PART-CLINICAL PRACTICE

 

1. Clinical practice (treating patients or clients).

Trainees undertake and treat 2-4 cases simultaneously (weekly caseload). Total treatment hours at the end of the third year are 150.

 

2. Supervision of intake evaluation/ assessment: This is done by means of weekly meetings of the group of trainees and their trainers where trainees present the intake evaluation/assessment of new cases [history taking, diagnostic proposal(s), CBT case formulation]. As far as there is a regular intake of new cases, this meeting is scheduled at a certain day and time of the week (typically on Thursdays at 17:00-18:00 or every second Wednesday at 19:00-21:00/ approximately 50 hours a year).

 

3. Supervision of therapy: Till recently trainees had to participate in intensive (weekly) individual supervision sessions throughout the year (approximately 50 hours a year). Recently, this part was revised- trainees have to participate in intensive (weekly) supervision sessions throughout the year, not individually, but in group of two trainees who share the supervision time (it totals again approximately 50 hours a year).

 

D. ASSESSMENT OF TRAINEE’S COMPETENCE AS THERAPIST

 

For the assessment of a trainee’s competence as a therapist (beyond the trainee’s ratings by his supervisor of clinical practice), trainees have to do/ undergo the following:

 

1. Theoretical assessment: Trainees have to write an assay on a theoretical topic or a research paper

 

2. Clinical Assessment-I: Production of an extended case study that critically discusses the relevant theories, as well as relevant research and treatment evidence.

 

3. Clinical Assessment-II: Writing up of two treated cases (intake evaluation- case conceptualization-step by step therapy sessions/ a total of 2,000 to 4,000 words for each case presentation).

 
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