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Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for bipolar disorder

watercolour of two heads connected for CBT with bipolar disorder

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an empirically validated and widely utilized problem-oriented psychotherapeutic approach that examines the relationships between thoughts, behaviours, and emotions. Interventions generally target reducing distress through psychoeducation, the modification of cognitions and behavioural experimentation. Over the last twenty years, there have been considerable advances in applying CBT principles to treat bipolar disorder.

In this webinar, participants will focus on a cognitive conceptualization of bipolar disorder. Discuss common misconceptions regarding the suitability of this population for psychotherapy. The facilitator will provide an overview of the treatment rationale and CBT strategies that are most helpful for these clients. Participants will have the opportunity to examine some of the outcome literature highlighting the effectiveness of CBT.

Prerequisite: Certificate in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT): level 1 or equivalent knowledge/training in foundational CBT

Please note: This webinar is a part of the Certificate in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) level 2: Application to specific populations program. Participants may register for any of the certificate program’s individual modules as a stand-alone training. The Canadian Psychological Association recognizes this training for 6 hours of continuing education. These hours are also applicable towards the required 40 hours of formal training in CBT as part of the CACBT certification process.