Cognitive Behavioral Intervention

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Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI)

Cognitive behavioral intervention teaches learners to examine their own thoughts and emotions, recognize when negative thoughts and emotions are escalating in intensity, and then use strategies to change their thinking and behavior.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI).
  • Applying CBI in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The CBI module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for CBI 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of CBI 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for CBI 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using CBI 25 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring CBI 25 minutes
Applying CBI 10 minutes
Suggested citation:
Mussey, J., Dawkins, T., & AFIRM Team. (2017). Cognitive behavioral intervention. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) module (PDF document, 1 page)


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