Can we really teach cognitive behavioral therapy with a massive open online course?

Eur Psychiatry. 2020 Mar 10;63(1):e38. doi: 10.1192/j.eurpsy.2020.29.


A better training in psychotherapy is needed for psychiatry trainees. Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) could be a good solution. Free and wide audience course like Massive Open Online course (MOOCs) increase dissemination and accessibility of the training. However, the engagement needs to be improved. A hybrid approach seems relevant with the MOOC as an incentive. Beyond the promotion of the topic, a MOOC can be a promotion tool for the provider. The economic model of the MOOC needed to be taken into account to allow sustainability. To explore these elements, we take into account a survey taken during the 1st European Psychiatric Association MOOC about CBT.

Keywords: CBT; MOOC; online; psychotherapy; training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / education*
  • Education, Distance* / methods
  • Education, Distance* / organization & administration
  • Education, Distance* / standards
  • Humans
  • Societies, Medical
  • Surveys and Questionnaires