Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Research shows that we can improve outcomes for our clients and service users by helping them more effectively adapt to the mental, emotional and interpersonal aspects of the change process with the use of CBT principles and concepts. Examples include dramatically improving medical adherence, changing problem behaviours and becoming more engaged in their own well-being.

This 1-day workshop is designed for clinicians, nurses, counsellors, social workers, case workers, corrections officers and professionals who support others to live healthy, active lives. We focus on the reality that understanding stress, depression, anxiety, trauma and the applicable aspects of CBT can help us establish stronger client rapport – and thus help us retain patients long enough to get positive outcomes.

This training is particularly relevant to clinicians and therapists involved in helping clients to successfully facilitate important lifestyle and behavioural changes as a goal of treatment. The workshop/goal is to enhance the clinician or case workers face-to-face abilities to effectively introduce and reinforce relevant therapeutic, wellness, and lifestyle behaviours to a broad range of clients.

The workshop will focus on the following independent modules:

Module One:

Stress, Distress and Management – identification, understanding and training skills.

Module Two:

The Change Process – assisting and motivating others to successfully make lasting lifestyle changes (crucial to all effective therapeutic relationships with the key in making change stick and have lasting effect).

Module Three:

The CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Paradigm – developing specifics: strategy, listening, and communications skills to help improve the clients capacity to control their own behaviours and change maladaptive patterns. Here, we also think in terms of developing interpersonal skills for achieving rapport, building trust and gaining influence.

Module Four:

Practising interactions and Scenario Examples – working in groups to trial skills and explore common situations and responses. Q and A.

What others say about this workshop:

"This workshop has a practical application for my work with patients. I found the discussion about stress management, the CBT model, stages of change useful as well as the practical case examples".

"I found everything helpful. It gave you different perspectives.
What I thought to be complicated, doesn't have to be.”

Workshop format:

8.30 am: Registration

9.00 am: Module one: Finding the appropriate therapeutic tone

10.15 am: Morning break

10.40 am: Module two: The Change Process

12.15 pm: Lunch

1.00 pm: Module three: The CBT Paradigm

3.00 pm: Afternoon tea

3.15 pm: Module four: Practice – interactions, scenario examples, and group exercises to build confidence/understanding

4.00 pm: Workshop finish

Who Should Attend

This workshop is ideal for doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, case workers and physiotherapists. It is also appropriate for school counsellors and those involved in pastoral care roles.

The Persuasive Therapeutic Communication workshops are worth 20 points/7.5 hours CPD

The Presenter

Edmond Otis BA, MS, Mft

Edmond is a licensed psychotherapist, and since 1993 has practiced individual, group, and family therapy, along with clinical supervision in private practice and for public agencies. 

He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Sport Science, and the Master of Health Science, at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), where he teaches post-graduate courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Health Psychology, and degree courses on Psychology of Health, Psychology of Sport, Lifestyle Education, and Leadership and Coaching.

His recent research focus has been focused on youth resilience, and the impact of “Lean Thinking” on health providers.  Professionally, and personally, Edmond is most interested in understanding the multitude of ways that our thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and relationships impact our performance, our health, and our quality of life.

Date & Location:


Friday 22 November 2019

Ibis Christchurch
107 Hereford Street
03 367 8666

Please note there is NO parking available at the hotel

Please contact Ibis Christchurch directly for accommodation bookings.

Workshops run 9.00am - 4.00pm, with Registration and Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
Standard Price $295 + GST

Book two people and the third person only pays $50 + GST!

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.
Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 06 878 3456 or email:

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $50.00 per attendee plus GST service charge

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). You will be sent the event's materials upon request.

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Arrival tea & coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email following the conference.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact our team at 06 878 3456 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.

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For further details, please contact:
Nathalie van Dort at or
Phone: 021 066 9811