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Course Title

Counseling Theory: Cognitive Behavior Therapy – Foundations

Course Number

ISCA 801

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to learn age-appropriate practical skills using CBT with youth in a school setting – specifically related to the interchange of emotions, behaviors, and cognitions. This experiential course is designed to provide a foundational understanding of CBT and how to implement the skills in an educational setting. Counselors will leave with new skills to target emotion regulation, behavioral management, and cognitive flexibility that can be used immediately in their school counseling program.

This training will involve and support content that includes, but is not limited to, the following: 

B-PF 1. Apply developmental, learning, counseling and education theories:

c. Use established and emerging evidence-based counseling theories and techniques that are effective in a school setting to promote academic, career and social/emotional development, including but not limited to rational emotive behavior therapy, reality therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Adlerian, solution-focused brief counseling, person-centered counseling and family systems 

d. Use counseling theories and techniques in individual, small-group, classroom and large-group settings to promote academic, career and social/emotional development (ASCA Professional Standards & Competencies 2019)

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for counselors new to international school counseling as well as for those who have years of experience and want to learn more about CBT.  *To note for counselors in junior school settings. CBT is helpful for all ages, but it’s especially effective for kids 10 and up.

Essential Questions

How might I apply Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to my current school setting/caseload? 

What does a typical cognitive intervention look like?

What students would benefit from these skills and how would I implement them via individual, group, or classroom?



Participants will know:

Participants will be able to:

  • what CBT is
  • the CBT Theoretical Model.
  • the principles of treatment.
  • core CBT concepts that can be taught to children and applied in a school setting.
  • implement emotional, behavioral and cognitive strategies. 
  • integrate other modalities, such as mindfulness into sessions.

  • utilize strategies to make CBT culturally responsive.

About the Facilitator

Makia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Linden Global LearningWho has a passion for working with families, youth, and young adults. Before earning a Master’s in Social Work, she was a teacher. She has 15 years of working in various settings, including hospitals, public and private schools, and community-based organizations. Makia draws upon her training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Mindfulness when working with individuals and schools. Having lived overseas for almost nine years, she understands the nuances of living in another country, raising multicultural children, and creating a sense of belonging and community in a foreign country.

Dates and times of offerings

Cohort 1: January 10 and 17, 2023 @ 11:00pm GMT - 13:00pm GMT

Cohort 2: May 6 and May 13, 2023

Contact hours

Six (6) Hour Course

Time commitment between sessions

It is highly recommended that you practice the skills you will be utilizing, so a logical time commitment is 1-2 hours between sessions.

Required Resource(s)

There will be recommended readings via Canvas.


American School Counselor Association (2016). ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors. Alexandria, VA: Author.

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