Cognitive and Behavioral Treatment

SSW CP 795

This elective course is designed to deepen practice knowledge and experience with cognitive and behavioral theory and treatment (CBT) for children and adults, that were introduced briefly in CP756 (Social Work Practice with Individuals). The course begins with a discussion of CBT, social work values, and social justice mission, and considers the strengths and limitations of CBT in the implementation of inclusive, affirming, anti-racist practice. The introduction also includes an overview of theoretical frameworks that underlie CBT, including cognitive models based mainly on A. T. Beck's theories as well as behavioral theory. The course incorporates Third Wave CBT therapies and forms of CBT including mindfulness based therapies as well as complementary approaches such as motivational interviewing. Cognitive/behavioral analysis (also called case formulation) and assessment of specific challenges as well as strengths, are taught using students' current practice experiences with children and adults. Several intervention methods are illustrated using client examples, video, demonstration and role-play where possible. These include developing a case conceptualization, cognitive restructuring, behavioral experiments, and exposure therapy (desensitization for treatment of anxiety). Discussions will include the application of CBT methods with consideration of structural factors, experiences of marginalization and oppression, the client/therapist relationship, the use of CBT methods in group settings, and ethical issues. For the major assignments, students complete two related paper and video assignments: (1) a cognitive and/or behavioral analysis and assessment of a current client in the student's field placement or work setting and (2) a review of the literature and application of relevant cognitive and/or behavioral intervention(s) related to this client. Two additional credit/no credit assignments involve identifying, assessing, analyzing and intervening with a personal habit or challenge that can be discussed in class. This provides personal experience applying CBT and an opportunity to incorporate self-care.

FALL 2023 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Muroff SSW 119 R 9:00 am-10:45 am Stamped Approval
Pre Req: CP755/
756/757 for Tt
or Hse.co-Req
w/755/756/757
for Adv Stndg.

FALL 2023 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
O1 Day-Berger ROOM U 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Stamped Approval
Live Classroom
is Est. Crc/Ocp
stdnts email
sswolp@bu.edu
for waitlist.
On-line course
Class Full
O1 Day-Berger ARR TBD-TBD Stamped Approval
Live Classroom
is Est. Crc/Ocp
stdnts email
sswolp@bu.edu
for waitlist.
On-line course
Class Full

FALL 2023 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
O2 Day-Berger ROOM U 8:00 pm-9:30 pm Stamped Approval
Live Classroom
is Est. Crc/Ocp
stdnts email
sswolp@bu.edu
for waitlist.
On-line course
O2 Day-Berger ARR TBD-TBD Stamped Approval
Live Classroom
is Est. Crc/Ocp
stdnts email
sswolp@bu.edu
for waitlist.
On-line course

FALL 2023 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
O3 Day-Berger ROOM M 8:00 pm-9:30 pm Stamped Approval
Live Classroom
is Est. Crc/Ocp
stdnts email
sswolp@bu.edu
for waitlist.
On-line course
Class Full
O3 Day-Berger ARR TBD-TBD Stamped Approval
Live Classroom
is Est. Crc/Ocp
stdnts email
sswolp@bu.edu
for waitlist.
On-line course
Class Full

FALL 2023 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
O4 Day-Berger ROOM M 8:30 pm-10:00 pm Stamped Approval
Live Classroom
is Est. Crc/Ocp
stdnts email
sswolp@bu.edu
for waitlist.
On-line course
O4 Day-Berger ARR TBD-TBD Stamped Approval
Live Classroom
is Est. Crc/Ocp
stdnts email
sswolp@bu.edu
for waitlist.
On-line course

SPRG 2024 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Underwood EPC 203 R 9:00 am-10:45 am Stamped Approval
Pre-Req:CP755,
CP756 & CP757
(or CP759,770,
771 & 772)

Note: this course was also offered during Summer Term

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