Cognitive-behavioural approaches

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Quick Overview

This 2 day non-residential course introduces a social learning approach to problems of addiction and dependence and the principles of cognitive-behavioural therapy.

The course supports Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards  AB2.2012, , AD1.2012,  AF2.2012,  AI1.2012, AI2.2012, SCDHSC0344

By the end of the course participants will be able to

  • Discuss the social learning approach to understanding addiction problems
  • Describe how thoughts, feelings and behaviour interconnect
  • Relate a cognitive-behavioural approach to the 'stages of change' model
  • Enable clients to set behavioural goals
  • Enable clients to identify cognitive and behavioural cues related to their addictive behaviours such as drinking, drug use and gambling
  • Enable clients to identify the functions their problem behavior has for them and use this understanding to prevent relapse.

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Pip Mason
Pip is a nurse, trained in cognitive-behavioural approaches to counselling people with addictions problems. She is co-author (with Steve Rollnick and Chris Butler) of Health Behavior Change, A Guide for Health Professionals and author of numerous training packages relating to substance use, counselling and health promotion. Pip is a member of the international network of motivational interviewing trainers.


The Beeches Management Centre
3 miles from Birmingham City Centre within easy reach of motorway networks and a taxi journey from either Birmingham New Street Station or Birmingham International airport. It is set in 5 acres of grounds in leafy Bournville and a short walk away from Cadbury World! There is full disabled access. For people travelling from afar residential facilities are available at an extra charge, in en-suite rooms with telephone and TV. Contact The Beeches to arrange this (0121 433 3311). Visit their website.

Comments from participants:

“Key tools to take away and use in practice. Very practical.”

"I have been on other CBT courses before but this one met my needs and learning the best; style of delivery, pace, not too theoretical"

"I liked the range of activities you used - they kept me interested and focussed. It was also nice to hear a trainer know their stuff instead of reading off their powerpoint."

"Loved the personal stories which made the theory fit into reality"

“Trainer was interesting and realistic”  

“Excellent trainer explained CBT in a precise and thorough but enjoyable way.”

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