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2-Day: Advanced CBT Training: Evidence-Based Interventions for Chronic Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Trauma and PTSD

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John Ludgate, PhD
12 Hours 31 Minutes
Jun 14, 2022
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment that is one of the most effective treatments for chronic, recurring, and challenging mental health issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Depression

Now, the opportunity is yours to learn this powerful modality in a comprehensive online course from CBT expert and author John Ludgate, PhD. Dr. Ludgate is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and trained under Cognitive Therapy’s founder Dr. Aaron Beck at the Center for Cognitive Therapy.

In this intensive online CBT training course, you’ll be provided with a proven set of clinical tools and skills that can enhance your practice – from the basic CBT you might have learned early in your career to more advanced CBT techniques applied to a range of disorders.

CBT techniques can sometimes seem deceptively simple to apply but in actual clinical practice it requires demonstrable skills in three areas.

  1. Conceptualizing client’s presenting problems from a CBT perspective,
  2. Selecting appropriate interventions consistent with the case formulation, and
  3. Delivering these interventions and techniques systematically and with maximum effectiveness.

This training will assist you in developing skills in all three areas.

Dr. Ludgate will show how to overcome common obstacles frequently encountered in doing CBT with clients with different disorders.

  • Improve your clients’ therapeutic experience with CBT interventions that are consistently shown to be effective.
  • Utilize a fresh set of clinical tools and skills that can improve your practice, and treatment outcomes.



This online program is worth 12.75 hours CPD.



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John Ludgate, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked as a psychotherapist for almost 30 years. He trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia under Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy, and is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He subsequently became assistant director of training at Dr. Beck’s Center. His current practice consists largely of treating clients referred with mood problems and/or anxiety conditions at the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina in Ashville, North Carolina.

John is a native of southern Ireland and obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 1990. In the early 1990s, Dr. Ludgate was a research clinical psychologist at the University of Oxford in England and served as cognitive therapist in several outcome studies of panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia and hypochondriasis.

He authored Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Relapse Prevention for Depression and Anxiety (Professional Resources Press, 2009) and was co-editor with Wright, Thase and Beck of Cognitive Therapy with Inpatients: Developing a Cognitive Milieu (Guilford Press, 1993). His other books include Overcoming Compassion Fatigue (PESI, 2014 co-authored with Martha Teater) and The CBT Couples Toolbox (PESI, 2018). He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters in the field of Cognitive Behavior for Anxiety and Depression. He has presented many seminars and workshops on cognitive behavioral approaches, both nationally and internationally.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. John Ludgate is the owner and President of CBT Training & Consultancy, Inc. He has an employment relationship with the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of WNC. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Ludgate receives royalties as a published author. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. John Ludgate is a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

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  1. Articulate the underlying theory of cognitive behavioural therapy and describe the current state of the science regarding CBT.
  2. Utilize CBT skills and rationale to foster the therapeutic alliance and enhance motivation for CBT.
  3. Utilize a cross-sectional, cognitive behavioural conceptualization to assess presenting problems.
  4. Choose cognitive interventions to modify dysfunctional thinking patterns and core beliefs.
  5. Conceptualize cases from a cognitive-behavioural perspective to inform treatment planning.
  6. Implement cognitive and behavioural techniques to alleviate generalized anxiety symptomology.
  7. Utilize key behavioural activation strategies useful for alleviating treatment resistant depression.
  8. Demonstrate cognitive and behavioural methods to address intrusive, obsessive compulsive thoughts.
  9. Incorporate exposure and cognitive processing interventions used to treat PTSD.
  10. Utilize exposure and cognitive approaches to reduce social anxiety.
  11. Articulate the role of schemas in maintaining anxiety and depression disorders.
  12. Identify and manage multicultural, interpersonal and family issues which may arise in cognitive behavioural treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Exploring the Model
  • Empirical support for CBT
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
  • Evolution of CBT from its initial model to the expanded
  • CBT’s influence on the development of other models (ACT, DBT, schema therapy)
Assessment and Treatment Planning Through the Lens of CBT
  • Cross-sectional
  • Longitudinal conceptualization
  • Issues in case formulation
Behavioural Interventions
  • Behavioural activation
  • Graded assignments
  • Pleasure scheduling
  • Problem solving
Cognitive Interventions
  • Identifying core beliefs
  • Eliciting negative thoughts
  • Recognizing cognitive distortions
  • Use of reframing
The CBT Session, Step-by-Step
  • Fostering the therapeutic alliance
  • Collaboration
  • Structure and agenda setting
  • Feedback
  • Guided discovery
  • Homework
CBT with Depressive Disorders
  • Psychoeducation
  • Transforming anhedonia, feelings of worthlessness, and low self-esteem
  • Helping clients overcome low energy, fatigue
  • Problem solving strategies to provide solutions to daily problems
  • Relapse prevention
  • Crisis intervention for active and passive suicidal ideation
CBT with Bipolar and Related Disorders
  • Psychoeducation
  • Management of manic symptoms
  • Mood rating and monitoring
  • Identification of triggers and prodromal symptoms
  • CBT for medication compliance
  • Overcoming sleep disturbance
CBT for Anxiety Disorders
  • CBT’s role in managing anxiety and worry
  • Reducing physiological effects of anxiety
  • Disrupting rumination, anxiety spirals, and more
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: cognitive and behavioural interventions
    • Panic Disorder: Situational and interoceptive exposure
    • OCD: Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
    • PTSD: Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
    • Social Anxiety Disorder: Exposure and Cognitive Approaches
Special Issues
  • Multicultural consideration
  • Interpersonal and family issues
  • Other common issues in treatment delivery

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 1


Beth M

"John was a great presenter. I would definitely attend another workshop if he was involved. "

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