HSCD 601

Theory and Practice of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies

3 Graduate credits
Effective December 13, 2015 – December 17, 2018

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

In this course, students explore cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBTs) and their application to substance use disorders counseling (SUDC) and co-occurring disorders counseling (CODC). Theory, research base and practice are all emphasized. In considering the theoretical base of CBTs, students investigate the research and service gaps in multicultural application of these interventions. The course includes a practice dimension that allows students to advance their skills in using multiple cognitive-behavioral approaches with clients in SUDC and CODC.

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate foundational counseling capacities and skills such as empathy, genuineness, immediacy, active listening and reflection
  • Integrate theory of and research on CBT into framework for service provision
  • Evaluate need for and literature on culturally responsive adaptations of CBTs
  • Critique CBT-based practices that are widely applied in SUDC and CODC
  • Demonstrate CBT-specific counseling skills and practices
  • Demonstrate CBT-specific counseling skills and practices
  • Apply CBT strategies to self-change efforts