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COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY CERTIFICATE

This certificate programs offer a unique learning experience that emphasizes comprehensive understanding of the theoretical models of CBT, applied to specific clinical and demographic populations, with a solid grounding in real hands-on experience for each course. Each course is taught by clinical and academic experts in their fields to ensure that challenging questions and issues pertaining to each course can be competently addressed. The broad spectrum of our CBT certificate programs prepares clinicians to begin the process of implementing and practicing cognitive behavioural therapy, currently the number one evidence-based intervention applied to the largest number of settings, providing mental health services to children and adults who suffer from diagnosed disorders. 

ADLER offers three certificates in CBT:

  • CBT-100 Fundamentals of CBT(36 hours - 3 modules)  
  • CBT-200 Adapted CBT Techniques for Diagnostic Populations (36 hours - 3 modules)
  • CBT-300 Advanced CBT Skills and Specialty Settings (36 hours - 3 modules)

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Cost: $895 (HST included)
Each Certificate program is divided into 3 modules, each module can also be taken at any time to work towards completion of the entire certificate at $325 (HST included) per module.  Register for the entire certificate program (all 3 modules) to save $80.

CBT-100 Certificate in Fundamentals of CBT

This first part of the Certificate Program covers the basic theory and introductory level applications of a wide array of cognitive and behavioural techniques used in the treatment of various emotional and anxiety disorders. Students will learn about the cognitive model of emotional problems, CBT case conceptualization, use of Socratic dialogue, CBT treatment planning and session structure. Participants are instructed on strategies to assess suitability to CBT treatment as well as their own competence in the use of CBT process skills. Essential cognitive and behavioural techniques used in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders will be described including cognitive restructuring techniques for automatic thoughts related to depression and anxiety, as well as behavioural techniques including behavioural activation, exposures (situational and interoceptive), and the importance of identifying and diminishing reliance on subtle and overt avoidance, monitoring, distraction, and safety behaviours. Completion of an online evaluation test, based on all three 100-level modules is required to receive a Certificate of Completion – CBT 100. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance – CBT 100.

CBT-101 Introduction to CBT (12 hours)

CBT-102 Introduction to CBT: Depression (12 hours)

CBT-103 Introduction to CBT: Anxiety (12 hours)

CBT-200 Certificate in Adapted CBT Techniques For Diagnostic Populations

This second level of the CBT program of study focuses on the modifications and applications of the CBT model to more challenging anxiety disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), chronic anger, addictions, and serious mental illnesses such as bipolar disorders. Our instructors will use both didactic and experiential exercises to illustrate the important and unique modifications of the CBT model and specific treatment strategies for GAD (e.g., cognitive exposures, uncertainty tolerance training) and OCD (e.g., exposures and response prevention, meta-cognitive beliefs). The CBT model for the treatment of psychotic symptoms sometimes present in Bipolar Disorder, such as delusions and hallucinations, as well as some specific techniques to work with clients presenting with these symptoms will be covered. Identification of prodromal symptoms and the importance of learning how to distinguish normal from hypomanic and depressed presentations of the self-concept will be addressed, in addition to other coping strategies to mitigate (hypo)manic relapses. In this part of the program we will also challenge some of the common myths and misperceptions about anger with a focus on the importance of identifying anger triggers, facilitative automatic thoughts and cognitive responses to these thoughts, as well as behavioural skills in managing anger and hostility. Finally, use of motivationally enhanced CBT strategies to address substance use disorders and motivational techniques to reduce use and harm of substances will be covered and practiced in class. Completion of an online evaluation test, based on all three 200-level modules is required to receive a Certificate of Completion – CBT 200. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance – CBT 200.

CBT-201 CBT for GAD, Worry and OCD (12 hours)

CBT-202 CBT-202 CBT for Anger and Bipolar Disorder (12 hours)

CBT-203 CBT for Substance Abuse (12 hours)

CBT-300 Certificate In Advanced CBT Skills and Specialty Settings

This third level of the CBT program is designed to help participants synthesize CBT skills and examine how to move on to more advanced strategies, including working with deeper cognitive schemas and core beliefs. Strategies to adapt CBT to group formats will also be delineated with key CBT group principles and group issues discussed. Additionally, in this section of the CBT Certificate program the diagnostic criteria and differential features for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be examined. The modification of the CBT model for PTSD will be presented, along with the treatment rationale based on the approach, including prolonged exposure as well as cognitive techniques. Adapting CBT session structure and timing will also be a key discussion point for this specialty population. Through didactic presentations of clinical cases, role plays, conceptualization and treatment planning, participants will be engaged in applying CBT principles to more challenging and advanced cases and specialty populations. Completion of an online evaluation test, based on all three 300-level modules is required to receive a Certificate of Completion – CBT 300. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance – CBT 300.

CBT-301 Intermediate & Core Beliefs (12 hours)

CBT-302 Trauma and PTSD (12 hours)

CBT-303 CBT for Groups (12 hours)

ADLER's CBT certificates are approved for CE credits by CCPA.

New Online CBT Course Offering!

Starting mid-September ADLER will be offering an online CBT Certificate.  

CBO-100 - Beginning Practice: Cognitive Behavioural Foundations

CBO-200 Intermediate Practice: CBT Applications (choose at least one of)

  CBO-MHA CBT with Mental Health & Addictions

  CBO-CMH Advanced Skills with Complex Mental Health

  CBO-FAM CBT with Families: Couples, Kids & Youth

CBO-300 Advanced Practice: CBT Supervisor Training

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About the Program

CBT for Clinical Practitioners is an online platform for learning the skills of the cognitive-behavioural modality. Though Canadian in origin, it is comprehensive in nature, and designed with a broad audience of students in mind, both culturally and with regard to practice diversity. Please note that oral and written fluency in English is required.

CBT for Clinical Practitioners will introduce the student to the full set of interventions of the cognitive-behavioural approach, setting a solid foundation for practice. Students may choose to end their training after the beginner level, or progress on to any of the three applications of Intermediate Practice (students may take as many as they wish). Advanced Practice helps the student progress from practitioner status to that of clinical supervisor, with all the roles and obligations therein. Note: equivalency for pre-requisites is approved on a case-by-case basis. Upon completion of each of the levels, students will have obtained strong academic foundations and skills-based knowledge, as well as a toolkit of worksheets available for duplication and use in support of their practice.

  • Beginning Practice: Cognitive Behavioural Foundations
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Intermediate Practice: CBT Applications
  • A) CBT with Mental Health & Addiction:
    • Prerequisite: Level 1
  • B) CBT Advanced Skills with Complex Mental Health
    • Prerequisite: Level 1 & Level 2A (or equivalents)
  • C) CBT with Families: Couples, Kids & Youth
    • Prerequisite: Level 1
  • Advanced Practice: CBT Supervisor Training
    • Prerequisite: Level 1, 2 (A, B, or C), + 2000 hours of practice experience

Time Commitment & Evaluation

Once payment is received, the student will receive a license key within one week, and can begin course whenever they wish. Each level will require the student to complete a set of 8 modules that will take about 3 hours each. Modules do not have to be done in one sitting, as they are self-directed. The student may progress through the course as quickly or as slowly they wish, though all eight modules must be completed within a maximum of six months. Modules are varied and made up of lectures, viewings, demos, supplemental readings, professional and reflective practice exercises. There are no tests or exams.

Assignments and Textbooks

Assignments are submitted through the online platform. Once all assignments have been submitted, it will take approximately 2-6 weeks to review and return materials. The student will receive their certificate of completion from Adler once this step is complete. Courses will draw from no more than two textbooks per course (texts have been kept under $100 USD per course); students will require these before they begin, and will not be able to complete assignments without them.

Course Descriptions

Beginning Practice: Cognitive Behavioural Foundations

Cost:  $695 + HST + required textbooks:

  • Josefowitz, Nina and Myran, David (2017). CBT Made Simple: A Clinician’s Guide to Practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications. (***Note: this text must be purchased through New Harbinger in order to gain access to tools used throughout the course).

  • Pefanis, Raechel (2018). The Person Behind the Professional: Cognitive Behavioural Coaching for Today’s Workplace. Waterloo, ON: Red Maple Publishing. (***Note: this text is only available on Amazon). 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was first used during the 1950’s and 1960’s, pioneered by American Psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Beck. Its’ first application was with hospital in-patients experiencing clinical depression. But as the decades passed, the interventions Dr. Beck used began to undergo the structuring it required to be used with more people in many other situations. Eventually, CBT made its way out of inpatient units and into the global population at large. This course is a vibrant introduction to the foundations of cognitive behavioural practice. Designed with the cultural and contextual implications of a wide variety of students in mind, students will leave with the basic practical techniques required to begin practice, including a coursepack of 20 worksheets (the CBT “interventions”) that can be duplicated for practice

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Intermediate Practice: CBT Applications

Application A: CBT with Mental Health & Addiction

Cost: $695 + HST, no textbooks required

For reasons that are many, the incidence of almost every mental health disorder is rising quickly. The World Health Organization has predicted that clinical depression alone will be a leading cause of workplace disability worldwide by 2020, second only to ischemic heart disease. Suited for those in clinical practice with adult mental health disorders, this level will apply the interventions of CBT to the most commonly seen DSM-5 disorders in everyday practice, including depression and anxiety. This course will also assist practitioners in learning to think critically about the nature of the mental health “epidemic” and how to be a change agent within it. Students will leave with convenient “treatment summaries” for each disorder (the “coursepack”) that they can refer to in session and apply to practice right away. There are no textbooks required for this course.

Application B: Advanced CBT with Complex Mental Health

$695 +HST, no textbooks required

Practitioners will routinely find themselves challenged by cases that are more complicated in nature. These challenges might occur because the symptom list is confounding, because there is more than one diagnosis, or because the presenting issue is complicated in origin. Topics covered in this course include personality disorder, OCD, PTSD (single and multiple episode traumas) and bipolar spectrum disorder. Students will leave with convenient “treatment summaries” for each disorder (the “coursepack”) that they can refer to in session and apply to practice right away. There are no textbooks required for this course.

Application C: CBT with Families: Couples, Kids and Youth - $695 + textbooks

Cost: $695 + HST + required textbooks

  • Datillio, Frank M (2010). Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy with Couples and Families. New York, New York: The Guilford Press.

As one part of a family system encounters change, the whole unit must adjust. This course looks at how to apply the cognitive-behavioural model to work with couples, children and youth. Looking closely at common, contemporary issues that present in the therapy room, students will leave with an understanding of how to apply the skills learned in level 1 in creative and concrete ways to couples, children and adolescents (4-18 years). Students will leave with an 80-page workbook of tools that includes CBT worksheets formatted to couples, kids and youth that can be downloaded and duplicated. This course ends with a look at cultural considerations of “the family” with special focus on work with 1st nations and aboriginal communities.

Advanced Practice: Clinical Supervisor Training

Cost: $750 + HST + textbook

  • Falender, Carol A. and Shafranske, Edward P (2004). Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach. USA: American Psychological Association.

Watkins et. al. has said “we would never dream of turning untrained therapists loose on needy patients, so why would we turn untrained supervisors loose on therapists who help those needy patients?” The need for quality supervision and oversight has become a large demand in many contexts. This course will introduce emerging supervisors to methods, practices and metrics that guide the supervision pathway. Students will learn concepts that must guide the supervision relationship, evidence-based measures for evaluation, and common themes that emerge during clinical supervision. Students will require access to a live supervisee that is either a true supervisee, or a colleague that is willing to be your “test” subject. You will require 4 supervision encounters from the supervisee. A live 1:1 grading and review of the students’ supervision tape with an experienced supervisor will be required of each student. Note: though this course is suitable for any aspiring clinical supervisor (teaching techniques, theories of adult learning), sample forms and metrics used are taken from the CBT model. Non-CBT Supervisors will need to find comparable tools for other modalities.
Course Description

Beginning Practice: Cognitive Behavioural Foundations

$695 + HST + textbooks

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was first used during the 1950’s and 1960’s, pioneered by American Psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Beck. Its’ first application was with hospital in-patients experiencing clinical depression. But as the decades passed, the interventions Dr. Beck used began to undergo the structuring it required to be used with more people in many other situations. Eventually, CBT made its way out of inpatient units and into the global population at large. This course is a vibrant introduction to the foundations of cognitive behavioural practice. Designed with the cultural and contextual implications of a wide variety of students in mind, students will leave with the basic practical techniques required to begin practice, including a coursepack of 20 interventions that can be duplicated for practice.

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