Course Description

*This complete Online Course includes a PDF of the book, Heal Your Self: A CBT Approach to Reducing Therapist Distress & Increasing Therapist Effectiveness, and the Final Exam. If you have access to the book and want to purchase the Final Exam only, click here.

Taking care of yourself as a therapist both personally and professionally is vital to your ability to help others. In this program, Dr. Ludgate discusses the signs of possible stress/burnout in mental health practitioners and provides a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model of distress in therapists. He then presents a variety of common situations where stress can often be elevated in the therapist and gives a number of CBT strategies for coping with and reducing this distress so you can become more therapeutically effective.

4 CE credits/hours, 40 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the signs of possible stress/burnout in mental health practitioners.
  • Explain a CBT model of distress in therapists.
  • Present a conceptualization of distress in mental health providers.
  • Offer CBT strategies to reduce therapist distress.


  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • PDF Book (downloadable/printable)

  3. 3
    • "Heal Your Self: A CBT Approach to Reducing Therapist Distress & Increasing Therapist Effectiveness" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  4. 4
    • Evaluation Questionnaire

About the Presenter

John W. Ludgate, PhD

John W. Ludgate, PhD, completed his clinical psychology training at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1976.  After receiving his doctorate from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, he earned a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1986, he became the Assistant Director of Training at the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia, a position he held for 2 years.  Dr. Ludgate was appointed Research Clinical Psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University of Oxford (England) in 1992, serving until 1994.  He has published a number of articles and book chapters on cognitive therapy and, with Dr. Aaron Beck, co-authored a book on inpatient cognitive therapy in 1992.  Dr. Ludgate currently works at the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina.  The author presents seminars and workshops on both national and international conferences as well as co-directing an intensive 6-month Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Training course in Asheville, North Carolina.  Dr. Ludgate can be reached through his website at: