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About Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is one of the most prevalent, widely-respected models used in psychotherapy today. It is a concrete, active therapy with a strong evidence base for many clinical (DSM V) and sub-clinical problems, such as perfectionism, guilt and shame, procrastination and self-esteem concerns. Our innovative CBT Certificate training programs will give you the skills, confidence and knowledge to bring this therapeutic model to your work.

About Laurier's CBT Certificate Program

Our CBT certificate is comprised of two levels. Level I will introduce students to a set of skills that are highly tactical. Because CBT is a structured, concrete therapy, students will learn interventions that they can begin quickly putting into practice. In Level II, students will explore those skills and interventions within the world of mental health and DSM-V disorders, focusing on either adults or children and youth.

Both levels consist of 36 hours of in-class learning held over 12 weeks, as well as two to four hours of work outside the classroom. Classes are held in the following locations:

  • Kitchener: Faculty of Social Work, 120 Duke Street West
  • London: Station Park All Suite Hotel in the Birch Meeting Room

Admission Requirements

The CBT certificate is open to professionals and graduate students across disciplines and worksites. To be eligible for the program, you must have completed an undergraduate degree.*

To be eligible for Level II, you must have completed Level I (or an approved equivalent) and be working in a clinical context with ongoing patient/client interactions. Case studies will be provided for those who do not have access to current/recent caseloads. Registration is limited.

These courses focus on the protocols and application of cognitive behaviour therapy. Basic therapy skills (e.g. empathy, active listening etc.), conducting assessments and setting and working with goals are required for success in this program but will not be covered in Level I or Level II.

*Some exceptions can be made to the undergraduate degree requirement. Contact Lynne Jordan at 519.884.0710 x5265 for more information.

Completion Requirements

To receive the CBT certificate you must successfully complete Level I and Level II. For Level II, you can choose between the following two courses:

  • Level II: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Mental Health Disorders
  • Level II: The Essentials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Youth

Note: You do not have to be working towards completing the CBT certificate to take the Level I course.

Courses

Partnership with Qualia Counselling Services Inc.

All CBT programs at Laurier are offered in partnership with Qualia Counselling Services Inc., a CBT clinic serving children, teens, adults, couples and families in the Waterloo region and at Ohsweken – Six Nations First Nation, a satellite location.

Qualia is the only specialized clinic of its kind west of Toronto, employing a team of 20 clinicians and administrators. The agency is led by a team of four clinical managers: Raechel Pefanis and Brett Fleming (directors for The Qualia Academy for Teaching and Training) and Thomas Brown and Charity Fleming (directors for Qualia Counselling Services).

Level I: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Course dates for 2017/18 coming soon.

Course Description

This foundational course will provide students with a theoretical understanding of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), including its history and emergence in the field of psychotherapy. As we move through the 36-hour course, students will learn the skills and therapeutic interventions to allow them to use CBT with children, youth, adults and special populations. Through a variety of teaching methods, including lecture, in-class demonstrations, small group work and role play, students will learn to assess clients’ presenting issues, find a strong therapeutic direction and apply skills such as cognitive restructuring, behavioural activation and psychoeducation.

In the final class, a panel of CBT therapists will talk about their experiences working from the CBT modality and address student questions.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Place CBT on a continuum of therapeutic approaches, identifying both its contributions and limitations.
  • Engage in competent case conceptualization and formulation from a CBT perspective that sets a clear therapeutic path.
  • Initiate and execute appropriate cognitive interventions central to CBT with proper judgment and competence.
  • Initiate and execute behavioural interventions central to CBT with proper judgment and competence.
  • Understand research trends in the CBT community and make this knowledge relevant to a therapeutic session.
  • Critically consider the approach with individuals, couples, families, groups and other brief therapy constraints.
  • Increase their confidence with their tactical skills, allowing them to engage clients quickly and effectively by structuring sessions, focusing the therapeutic interaction and having clients leave every session with something helpful.

This course is open to helping professionals of every kind across disciplines and worksites, including current graduate students.

Register for Level I: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Level II: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Mental Health Disorders

Kitchener: 120 Duke Street West

  • Dates: April 4 to June 20, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Location: Faculty of Social Work, 120 Duke Street West, Kitchener
  • Cost: $925 (textbooks not included)
  • Instructors: Thomas Brown, MSW, RSW

London: Station Park All Suite Hotel

  • Dates: March 31, April 1 and 2, 2017 and May 5 to 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (One hour for lunch, not included)
  • Location: Station Park All Suite Hotel, Birch Meeting Room, London
  • Cost: $925 (textbooks not included)
  • Instructors: Thomas Brown, MSW, RSW

Course Description

First practiced in the area of clinical depression, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is now recognized as a highly effective therapy for most mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, suicidality, bipolar disorders, ADHD and trauma. In this advanced level course, students will learn how to apply the CBT interventions learned in Level I to clinical (DSM-5) and sub-clinical issues. Today, CBT is also widely used with sub-clinical issues that precede mental health disorders – often referred to as the stressors of the “worried well” – such as perfectionism, guilt and shame, procrastination and self-esteem concerns.

Participants will:

  • Establish a non-medical but sophisticated understanding of the most prevalent mental health disorders across the lifespan.
  • Understand responsible, interdisciplinary care of mental health disorders, including the breadth of professional scope.
  • Become competent using proper screens and measurements for initial assessment and ongoing symptom surveillance.
  • Gain knowledge of CBT protocols for the most commonly experienced mental health disorders (depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, bipolar disorders, etc.).
  • Develop tactical skills that will allow the helping professional run sessions suited to various disorders with a solid rationale as to why.
  • Be able to recognize when therapy is moving along successfully.
  • Gain an effective understanding of CBT clinical supervision models and be able to employ use of self throughout the therapeutic relationship.

This course is open to anyone who has completed Level I: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (or an approved equivalent) and is an active helping professional with regular patient/client contact. Case studies will be provided for those who do not have access to current/recent caseloads.

Register for Level II: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Mental Health Disorders

Level II: The Essentials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Youth

  • Dates: April 21 to 23, 2017 and June 16 to 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (One hour for lunch, not included)
  • Location: 120 Duke Street West, Kitchener
  • Cost: $925 (textbooks not included)
  • Instructor: Charity Fleming, MSW, RSW

In this Level II CBT course, students will learn strategies to unlock the power of the CBT model for the often more challenging and cognitively diverse clients from ages of 2 to 17.

Specifically, students will learn to tailor and apply the CBT techniques and interventions acquired in Level I to a subset of mental health and sub-clinical issues across various stages of development in children and youth. Students will learn how to conceptualize treatment within the CBT model and discern delivery of interventions for:

  • Level of cognitive development.
  • The most prevalent presenting issues in child and youth mental health.
  • Within the family system.

Creative CBT delivery methods and techniques such as the use of play, games, object lessons and popular culture will be explored and demonstrated so students leave with a broad range of interventions they can begin using in child and youth mental health, school and community-based settings.

This course is open to anyone who has completed Level I: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (or an approved equivalent) and is an active helping professional with regular patient/client interactions. Case studies will be provided for those who do not have access to current/recent caseloads.

Register for Level II: The Essentials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Youth

Readings and Assignments

Students should plan on two to four hours of time outside the classroom dedicated to readings and assignments. Assignments will include pre-readings, clinical worksheets, a project to be completed in small groups and a personal reflection paper after the course is complete. Assignments will receive a pass/fail designation.

Missed Classes

Students are expected to attend each class for the full three hours. Leaving early is not permitted. Students may miss up to two classes without penalty. If attendance does not satisfy these requirements, the student will not receive their certificate until the classes can be made up at the next available opportunity. Attendance will be taken mid-class each week.

Costs

Cost is $925 per level. Course material is included. Textbooks are not included and are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Estimated cost for textbooks is $100 to $150 per course.

Cancellations up to two weeks prior to start date are subject to a $50 administration fee. Cancellations within two weeks of the start date are not eligible for refund or credit.

Accreditation

There are currently no accredited cognitive behaviour therapy training programs in Canada. When registering for CBT training program, it is important that you select a program you feel will empower you in your work context and that will be marketable in the workplace. This program has been designed with careful consideration to the needs of practicing professionals and has been included in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy’s list of recommended teaching and training courses.

Contact Us:

Lynne Jordan, Coordinator, Professional Development

E: ljordan@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x5265


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