This unit aims to:
* Build on students understanding of the theory, rationale and application of Cognitive Behavioural approaches in a range of settings;
* Review the evidence for effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural approaches with addicted populations;
* Explore the practice and application of Cognitive Therapy through lectures, demonstration and role play;
* Enable students to implement and integrate such models in their practice.
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
* Explain the key theoretical concepts underpinning Cognitive and Behavioural approaches;
* Understand of the relevance of Cognitive Behavioural approaches to their particular counselling setting;
* Demonstrate competence in the practical application of basic Cognitive Therapy derived and Relapse Prevention in an addictions setting;
* Evaluate their current competence in using these approaches and identify further training needs;
* Demonstrate an understanding of the key research evidence for the effectiveness of the model.
* the use evidence-based counselling skills for this client group;
* applying appropriate interventions in order to assist clients maintain changes in addictive behaviours;
* evaluating research data related to current models of intervention for clients presenting with problems due to substance use;
* essay research, preparation and writing;
* the use of IT to find, communicate and manage information.
This unit is concerned with the development of the basic knowledge, skills and techniques of Cognitive Therapy, including Beck's cognitive model of substance abuse, the elements of a cognitive formulation, and the collaborative challenging and revision of maladaptive thoughts and beliefs, using Socratic dialogue, cost/benefit analyses, thought records and activity schedules.
The Unit is also concerned with the development of the basic knowledge, skills and techniques required to design and implement relapse prevention interventions within an addictions setting. These include an understanding of Marlatt's and of Gorski's models of Relapse, analysis of high risk situations and coping deficits, and a range of educational and coping-skills building interventions.
Supporting the practical element of this module is a review of the associated research evidence which underpins the techniques used in the above interventions. Students use this information to inform and develop their clinical practice within their workplace.