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.
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:
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.
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:
Note: You do not have to be working towards completing the CBT certificate to take the Level I course.
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).
Course dates for 2017/18 coming soon.
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:
This course is open to helping professionals of every kind across disciplines and worksites, including current graduate students.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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