Week 5: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Week 5: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Week 5: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Week 5: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


When first introduced, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was unlike any other therapeutic approach. For years, psychotherapeutic techniques were driven by psychoanalytic theories. These techniques were time consuming, leaving many therapists frustrated with the length of time involved in helping their patients achieve a sense of relief. With the development of CBT, however, therapists were able to help their patients heal more quickly. This poses the questions: If CBT is more efficient than other techniques, why isn’t it used with all patients? How do you know when CBT is an appropriate therapeutic approach?


This week, you examine CBT and its use across individual, family, and group modalities.

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Learning Objectives


Students will:

· Compare the use of cognitive behavioral therapy across individual, family, and group settings

· Analyze challenges of applying cognitive behavioral therapy approaches and techniques across therapy modalities

· Recommend effective strategies for overcoming challenges in applying cognitive behavioral therapy



Discussion: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Comparing Group, Family, and Individual Settings



There are significant differences in the applications of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for families and individuals. The same is true for CBT in group settings and CBT in family settings. In your role, it is essential to understand these differences to appropriately apply this therapeutic approach across multiple settings. For this Discussion, as you compare the use of CBT in individual, group, and family settings, consider challenges of using this approach with groups you may lead, as well as strategies for overcoming those challenges.

To prepare:


· Review the videos in this week’s Learning Resources and consider the insights provided on CBT in various settings.


By Day 3



Post an explanation of how the use of CBT in groups compares to its use in family or individual settings. Explain at least two challenges PMHNPs might encounter when using CBT in one of these settings. Support your response with specific examples from this week’s media and at least three peer-reviewed, evidence-based sources. Explain why each of your supporting sources is considered scholarly and attach the PDFs of your sources.