Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Introduction

Course Code:


Course Category:

Cross Sector

Duration (hours):


Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Nett Fee (after SSG funding) $ 65.00 $ 69.55
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 650.00 $ 695.50


The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Introduction workshop is an introductory course designed to serve as an introductory overview of the fundamentals of CBT. The workshop aims to equip participants with an understanding of the principles and basic techniques applied within CBT. Upon successful completion of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Introduction workshop, participants have the option to enrol and attend the higher level module entitled: “Cognitive Behaviour: Intermediate”

Target Participants:

Social workers, counsellors, staff working in the children, youth and family or mental health sector, para-counsellor, and other social service practitioners in a range of sectors (i.e. hospitals, eldercare) Beginning social service personnel are strongly encouraged to attend. Basic knowledge in counselling would be an added advantage but not a pre-requisite.

Learners are assumed to possess an English Language (speaking, reading, writing and listening) proficiency level equivalent to:
- GCE ‘O’ level OR
- Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify cognitive distortions in clients.

2. Relate possible challenges in managing cognitive distortions in clients.

3. Explain the 8 steps of developing a behavioural treatment plan.


Mode of delivery:
Blended learning (facilitated classroom training, online course materials & pre-course e-learning activities)

This course includes assessment components.
Assessment may be conducted during and/or after the course. As there is an assessment component for this course, grading and processing of results can only take place after course completion. Learners who pass the assessment(s) will be awarded with an electronic Certificate of Achievement from SSI. You will receive an email notification when your e-Cert is ready for download in your NCSS e-Services account.

Fee Remarks:

SSG funding is available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only. For more information on SSG Training Grants, please visit:
SkillsFuture Singapore Funding.
SkillsFuture Credit.

VCF funding is available for foreigners who are staff of NCSS Member Social Service Agencies via Direct Training Application.

Terms and conditions apply. Applicants of above training grants should inform SSI upon submission of your application.

Trainer Profile:

Dr Joel Yang is a Clinical Psychologist by training. He is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. Since 2006, Dr Yang has worked in general and psychiatric hospitals, as well as community mental health settings in Australia (various institutions under Queensland Health) and Singapore (Khoo Teck Puat Hospital). Formerly Head of the Counselling program at SIM University, he currently holds an appointment with Yale-NUS College, and also maintains an independent private practice, Mind What Matters.

Therapeutically, Dr Yang works from a Cognitive-Behavioural and Solution-Focused approach, incorporating Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology.

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