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Problem Solving Techniques in CBT

Problem solving skills are a key CBT technique for clients to learn and use. This course takes delegates through a range of evidence based problem solving techniques to incorporate into their practice. Starting with D'Zurilla and Goldfried’s classic approach to problem solving, this course outlines and explores a wide range of additional problem solving techniques that can be effectively used with clients.

Bonus feature: Effective Motivation Techniques: Force Field Analysis – full training video.

Can be taken as an individual distance learning course or as a part of a Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Approved by the British Psychological Society.

This course will be interesting and useful to therapists working in different clinical fields with a variety of clients, using a broad range of therapeutic modalities, not exclusively to those who practise CBT.

Unlike many other online courses this course is not text-driven, but it utilises a wide range of learning styles and mediums.

This is what you get with this online course:

  • A invaluable training experience in its own right and as well as one which goes towards completion of the BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT
  • A 43 slide presentation
  • 27 illustrative videos
  • Numerous worked examples
  • 4 separate exercises for you to complete and apply your newly learnt CBT problem solving skills to
  • 3 Assessed online tests, designed to give you confidence in applying what you’ve learnt
  • Downloadable reading materials
  • A BPS Approved Certificate

Issues covered include:

  • Problem Definition and its role in problem solving.
  • How D'Zurilla and Goldfried’s classic approach to problem solving still influences the field.
  • A range of problem solving techniques that enable your client to alter their relationship with their problem.
  • 4 Rules of Osborn’s Brainstorming and how to apply them to work with clients.
  • How to work with uniqueness cognitions, motivational issues and uncertainty intolerance.
  • Approaches to defining complex problems.
  • How to use Kepner-Tregoe Problem Analysis with clients to generate new solutions to problems.
  • How a client’s arousal level affects their problem solving ability and what can be done about it.
  • Case studies illustrating the practical use of techniques and lots of practice opportunities.

Special Bonus!

This course includes the full training video
that normally retails at RRP £34.95.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you.

All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Diploma.

Q: Is there a specific time limit for doing this online course?

A: The course has to be completed within 30 days of subscription.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course and have found it very useful. Alongside doing the activities, I also kept a reflective 'diary' of how this professional development has impacted my professional practice. For example, I've realised how much Socratic Questioning is central to my style and practice, and the article supplied in the this course has helped me value this skill. As such I feel inspired to do your other course on this topic. Thank you and best wishes,”
H.T., Whitchurch

Online Training: £140+VAT*.
* VAT is not charged for delegates whose address is outside the EU)

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 7 CPD training hours after submitting the exercises.

To book an Evidenced Reading Module for this course: Click Here

Additional Components of the Diploma:

Evidenced Reading Hours


Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work. Paul is the Chair of the BABCP Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Special Interest Group.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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Behavioural Experiments
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Working with Depression
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CBT for Working with PTSD
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Using CBT Supervision
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