Adler’s Faculty of Continuing Education offers the following certificate programs: 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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 Certificate in 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)

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)

Cost: $895 (HST included)

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)

Cost: $895 (HST included)

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)

Cost: $895 (HST included)

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


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an intensive out-patient therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to treat chronically suicidal clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT has also been adapted to treat clients with addictions, eating disorders and other complex problems.  

Working with clients who experience these difficulties is extremely challenging for mental health and direct service professionals. DBT has proven to be effective in reducing suicidal, self-harm and other impulsive behaviours and to increase client engagement in therapy. DBT blends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with acceptance-based strategies stemming from Zen philosophy. A primary therapeutic task is to balance acceptance of the client with a focus on change. The structure of DBT includes four components: skills group, individual treatment, DBT phone coaching, and consultation team. During this training, participants will learn the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, the group and individual components and DBT skills from each of the four modules. 

This DBT-Informed Practice Certificate Program will include two days of theoretical foundations focusing on individual treatment, followed by two, two-day classes of applied learning using a standardized actor. To round out the program provided in the fall, there are two additional, two-day practice-based classes planned for the early winter term, to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to run DBT-informed groups, a modality of intervention increasingly being used by mental health agencies for its effectiveness in supporting clients with multiple, complex mental health issues.   

This program has to be completed in the sequence in which it is being offered. In providing this program, the ADLER faculty is intent on conveying to participants interested in integrating DBT techniques into their practices that this program does not provide certification to become DBT therapists. The “Certification of Individual Therapists” is the only treatment-developer-approved certification program in DBT® in the US and Canada; it is provided exclusively by the DBT®-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC). The entire process for certification can be found at

Completion of the ADLER DBT-Informed Practice Certificate Program provides the beginning steps toward certification and an opportunity to join existing DBT-Informed supervised practices in Ontario to continue learning and gaining experience in this technique.

  • DBT-100 Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (36 hours - 3 modules)  

All 3 modules of the DBT Certificate Program must be taken in order.

Cost: $895 (HST included)


Research on Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI’s) are showing very positive outcomes for moderate mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.   The traditional 8 week MBCT and MBSR programs offered through hospital and community based health care settings can be very difficult to access for people who are suffering from more acute mental health problems or experiencing instability in their lives.  Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training (MAST) is a brief 4 week program developed at St. Michael’s Hospital to teach introductory mindfulness and emotion regulation skills to people struggling with mental health challenges with an emphasis on psycho-education and shorter meditation practices.  This group has helped patients learn mindfulness skills to use in their daily life and also prepare them to participate in longer, more intensive 8-10 week groups, if they so choose. Concepts from sensorimotor psychotherapy such as the window of tolerance and basics of neuroscience are taught within the program to help patients understand the importance of modulating arousal in order to stay well.

This 2-day training will emphasize experiential learning by leading participants through the 4 week MAST curriculum followed by group discussion on the experience.  There will be time for in-session practice teaching of exercises and guided meditations.

GOALS: This training initiative will introduce clinicians to mindfulness practices through experiential learning.  Participants will have the skills to use the MAST curriculum to support clients in their setting.  This training will provide an opportunity for clinicians to deepen their own mindfulness practice which will serve as a foundation for providing mindfulness based interventions with clients.

  • 2-day course in Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training (15 hours)

Cost: $299 (+HST)



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