Online CBT

This online CBT offering is a stand alone program for those that are not able to attend our CBT certificate in person in Toronto.

About Our Online Courses

Cost: $695 +HST per module

Certificate in CBT for Clinical Practitioners

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). Note: equivalency for prerequisites is approved on a case-by-case nature. Each level will leave the student with both a strong philosophical start, as well as a starter toolkit of worksheets that can be duplicated to support their practice.

Level 1: Beginning Practice: Cognitive Behavioural Foundations (24 hours)

Level 2:  Intermediate Practice: CBT Applications

  • Level 2A: CBT with Mental Health & Addiction - Prerequisite: Level 1 (24 hours)
  • Level 2B: CBT Advanced Skills with Complex Mental Health Prerequisite: Level 1 & Level 2A (24 hours)
  • Level 2C: CBT with Families: Couples, Kids & Youth Prerequisite: Level 1 (24 hours)

Level 1: Beginning Practice: Cognitive Behavioural Foundations (24 hours) 

Up to 6 months to complete
$695 + 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).

Prerequisite: None
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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Level 2 Intermediate Practice: CBT Applications 

Level 2A: CBT with Mental Health & Addiction (24 hours)
Up to 6 months to complete
$695 + required textbook:

  • 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).

Prerequisite: Level 1
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, anxiety and single episode trauma. Students will leave with treatment summaries for each disorder (the “coursepack”) that they can apply to practice right away. 

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Level 2B: Advanced CBT with Complex Mental Health (24 hours)
Up to 6 months to complete/ $695, no textbooks required

Prerequisite: Level 1 & Level 2A
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, psychosis, schizophrenia, and complex trauma. 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 treatment summaries (the “coursepack”) for each disorder that they can apply to practice right away.

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Level 2C: CBT with Families: Couples, Kids and Youth (24 hours)
Up to 6 months to complete
$695 + required textbooks:

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

Prerequisite: Level 1
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 to 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 (4-7 year olds, 8-12 year olds), and adolescents 12-18). Students will leave with a robust toolkit (the “coursepack”) that includes worksheets that can be used in session, formatted to couples, kids and youth.

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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.  

Online FAQ 

What format are the courses in?

The courses are self-directed, and the student chooses their own pace. The only provision is that courses must be completed within 12 weeks. Great care has been taken to ensure high quality content delivery and learning…without the use of a lecture hall. You will receive a “pass / fail” grade that is determined by the quality of the assignments turned in; if you exert a reasonable amount of effort, you should have no problem passing the course.

Will I have contact with an Instructor?

Yes. A teaching team is in the background marking your assignments and providing feedback on a weekly basis. The teaching team is a highly experienced group of instructors, and will personalize the course with you week by week.

Who are the Instructors?

The courses use a teaching team of MSW or higher designations, and who are also veteran practitioners. All are qualified to teach at the graduate level, and all have strong experience in both clinical work and in teaching and / or supervising.

How does the software work?

One you pay your registration, you will receive an email to the address you provided, which will open the course to you. You will receive that email within seven days, and you can begin your studies right away. You will need a reliable internet connection to do so.

Does the course offer any financial aid?

Not at this time. However, students that are registered with the OCSWSSW will qualify for the $500.00 from the SWSSW Professional Development fund, which reimburses eligible costs for professional development. For more information please visit  

All students will receive a receipt. If you wish, you can also request an issuance of a T-2202 (or Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate), which is an income tax form issued annually that recognizes education-related activity within the tax (calendar) year. It shows the amount of tuition paid that may be claimed for income tax purposes.  You must request this specifically from Adler in time to file your annual income tax - it is not issued automatically.

Who is the contact person for the online courses?

Students may contact the Dean of Continuing Education, Ms. Beatrice Traub-Werner, for specific questions: 

Beatrice Traub-Werner, MSW, RSW
Dean, Continuing Education
Adler Graduate Professional School
890 Yonge Street, 9th floor,
Toronto, ON
Tel: 416-923-4419 ext. 503
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.