CBT short courses

 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

 A Certificate Course for Psychiatry Registrars and General Practitioners


Dates Saturday 28 October 2017 from 9.00am to 4.00pm and Thursdays 2, 9, 16 and 30 November 2017 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm


Venue South Eastern Private Hospital, cnr Heatherton Road & Princes Highway, Noble Park (enter via Ryder St to Gate 2 carpark)

Cost $1,100 plus GST



This Short Course is suitable for Psychiatry Registrars and has been designed to give a brief introduction into the theoretical underpinnings of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and provide a solid background in the practical applications of CBT in relation to common psychiatric disorders for which CBT is an appropriate treatment.  The course may also be of benefit to GPs with an interest in mental health.

The course will be delivered over six weeks consecutively in three-hourly sessions to a maximum of 15 participants.

The two introductory seminars will cover the historical background of how CBT evolved, starting with the early work on classical and operant conditioning to the more sophisticated cognitive models and the integration of behavioural and cognitive approaches.  The principles of CBT will be described and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion about how to approach treatment from a CBT perspective.

Subsequent seminars will focus on the use of the commonly used CBT techniques such as (i) behavioural interventions e.g. graded exposure in phobias and obsessive disorders, activity scheduling, structured problem solving; (ii) cognitive interventions e.g. the negative cognitive triad in depression, and iii) rational and philosophical disputation.  The last four seminars will examine in depth the principles of CBT treatment for the following disorders. A) Major Depression B) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder C) Panic Disorder and D) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

The seminars will be run in a workshop format to allow active involvement of participants who will be expected to present and formulate cases according to CBT principles.  The course will be excellent preparation for registrars preparing for the FRANZCP exams.  


  • Professor David Barton FRANZCP, Senior Fellow MAPrc and Central Clinical School, Monash University
  • Dr Scott Blair-West FRANZCP, Medical Director, Anxiety and Depression Program, The Melbourne Clinic

These two presenters each have over 25 years experience using CBT for treating patients with psychiatric disorders within both public and private healthcare settings.  This course has been run by them for over 15 years.

Recommended Reading

Hawton K, Salkovskis PM, Kirk J, Clark DM (eds) (1989), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychiatric Problems: A Practical Guide, Oxford University Press

Learning Outcomes

The student is expected to develop knowledge in the theory and application of commonly used CBT techniques which will prepare them to practice CBT, initially with uncomplicated cases.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the empirical foundations of CBT approaches and the theories of personality and psychopathology according to the major CBT approaches;
  • demonstrate the skills to be confident in the assessment, formulation and management of common psychiatric disorders according to CBT principles;
  • recognise the common psychiatric disorders for which CBT is an appropriate management strategy;
  • recognise the limitations of CBT; and
  • compare CBT with other forms of psychotherapy and choose the most appropriate form of therapy for patients.


A certificate of achievement from the Monash Alfred Psychiatric research centre will be provided upon successful completion of the course.

More Information

Contact: Dr Allan Davey

Email: allan.davey@monash.edu

Phone: 0407 820 778

Registration: HERE



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