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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The CBT programs offered by the Continuing Education faculty at ADLER provide up to date information and knowledge regarding this treatment modality. The program is offered in three sequential levels, with the expectation that participants will follow the sequence as presented.

Cost: $895 (HST included)
Each 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 Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (36 hours)

CBT-101 Introduction to CBT
CBT-102 Introduction to Depression
CBT-103 Introduction to Anxiety

This first level of the Certificate Program covers the basic theory and introductory applications of a wide array of cognitive and behavioural techniques used in the treatment of various emotional and anxiety disorders. Students learn about the cognitive model of emotional problems, CBT case conceptualization, use of Socratic dialogue, CBT treatment planning and session structure. Participants are taught 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 provided, 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.

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CBT-100 Adapted CBT Techniques for Diagnostic Populations (36 hours)

Prerequisite: CBT-200
CBT-201 CBT for GAD, Worry and OCD
CBT-202 CBT for Anger and Bipolar Disorder
CBT-203 CBT for Substance Use Issues

This second level of the CBT certificate 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 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 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.

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CBT-300 Advanced CBT Skills and Specialty Settings (36 hours)

Prerequisite: CBT-200
CBT-301 Intermediate & Core Beliefs
CBT-302 Trauma and PTSD
CBT-303 CBT for Groups

This third level of the CBT certificate 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 are engaged in applying CBT principles to more challenging and advanced cases and specialty populations. A 400-level CBT Program Certificate is currently in development with a focus on working with children and adolescents. 

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Participants who wish to receive a postgraduate certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy must have completed all three modules (CBT-100, 200 & 300) – including completion of each of the corresponding online evaluations. The certificate will list the levels completed and the number of hours. 

As of January 25, 2016 - ADLER's CBT certificates are approved for CE credits by CCPA.