This course explores the interaction between thought, perception, emotions and the many factors which shape behaviour. It begins with an overview of the cognitive-behavioural school of counselling and then focuses in depth on cognitive-behavioural theory and the practical counselling skills and techniques which are used to help individual clients learn new patterns of behaviour. The course ends with a critique of this approach and the wider applications of this model to groups, families and educational institutions.


By the end of the course participants should be able to:- 1.explain the assumptions, key concepts, beliefs and values of the

cognitive- behavioural school of counselling

2. demonstrate strategies and skills for assessing, changing and evaluating behaviour

3. evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of this approach and its appropriateness to the West Indian context.