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Empowering Excellence: Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours (FPS)
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


This 1.5 hour online course provides an introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), presented by Assoc Prof Monica O'Kelly.

CBT is a school of psychological therapies based on the premise that it is not ‘what happens’ that causes how we feel, but rather how ‘we think about what happens’ that informs our emotional responses. While this is in some respect a basic concept, it is by no means simple to put into practice through our therapeutic relationships.

With a strong empirical base, CBT is emerging as one of the most effective psychological interventions in use by therapists and clinicians today. Based on the approaches of Beck and Ellis, this presentation bridges the gap between theory and practice, by focussing on the core skills associated with the CBT approach. After outlining the underlying theory, the presentation focuses on putting CBT into action with clients, guiding participants through the key steps in the CBT sequence. The presentation concludes with a demonstration between clinician and client.

This workshop is best suited to social workers and other other allied health professionals specialising in (or interested in specialising in) mental health practice.

Course objectives

Participants will obtain an understanding of:

  • Understanding of the core principles and underlying model of the CBT approach
  • Understanding of the empirical support for CBT and how to access it
  • Understanding of the importance of structuring a CBT session
  • Familiarisation with the CBT sequence.

Presenter details

Assoc Prof Monica O’Kelly (B Sc (Hons), Dip Ed, MB Sc, PhD, FAPS (CClin, CEDP)) is the Director of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Australia and the Director of the Australian Institute for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. She is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University and an Honorary Associate Professor at Melbourne University.

Assoc Prof O’Kelly has trained in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and is an Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute. She has also completed the Extramural Training Program at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia and is a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of the book CBT in Action: A practitioner’s toolkit and has published many articles and book chapters in the area of CBT, as well as producing demonstration DVDs.

She has worked clinically with children, adolescents and adults for over 40 years. She has been involved in training therapists in CBT for over 20 years throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong. She takes an active learning approach and believes that skills need to be modelled for trainees and that trainees benefit from supervised skills practice.

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this course, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW SWOT Platform.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.


The online workshop duration is 1.5 hours.

CPD for Credentials

This course can be claimed under Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS), Mental Health, Clinical for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

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AASW member price: $149
AASW student price: $75
Non-member price: $224

Purchase this course as part of a reduced price CBT package by clicking here



  1. Register for this course by following the link to the right
  2. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing all access instructions.

Alternatively, register for the reduced price CBT package here

For further information regarding the Empowering Excellence Program, please contact the AASW CPD Team on (03) 9320 1003 or via email at

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers