2 Courses Required

Our CBT certificate is comprised of two levels. Both levels must be completed to receive the CBT certificate.

Level I will introduce you to the full set of core cognitive behaviour interventions to treat a broad array of presenting problems and disorders. This training will help you form professionally excellent cognitive behavioural therapy sessions, teaching about session structure and evaluation, assessment and treatment planning, cognitive restructuring and changing behavioural responses. You will learn interventions you can immediately begin putting into practice professionally as well as personally, across age populations (yes, including children and adolescents).

There are five Level I options to choose from:

  • Fundamentals of CBT
  • Sacred Circle CBT -- Mikwendaagwad: “It is remembered, it comes to mind”
  • CBT for Sports and Nutrition
  • CBT for Chronic Illness and Diabetes Management
  • CBT for Educators

In Level II, you will learn how to expertly use the core CBT skills and interventions learned in Level I in application to the most prevalent DSM-V disorders. You can choose from one of five Level II options:

  • CBT for Anxiety Disorders and Depression
  • CBT with Trauma
  • Essentials of CBT with Children and Youth
  • CBT for Addictions
  • CBT for Women's Reproductive Mental Health

Level II best prepares you to treat the most presenting mental health disorders expertly and masterfully from assessment to treatment completion, providing all the worksheets and interventions you will need in your practice.

Upon completion of the CBT certificate, you may take any of the other Level II CBT courses for a 50% discount. Email fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca to request a discount code.

Each level consists of 36 hours of instruction*, plus readings and assignments that are done outside the classroom. Courses are designed to fit into any busy professional's life and are offered in a variety of formats:

*CBT for Trauma also includes three monthly one-hour peer supervision sessions after the course ends. These peer supervision sessions are mandatory.

Weekend Intensive Program: Class is held over six days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in two sessions of three days each (Kitchener location and remote options available).

Summer Intensive: Class is held five consecutive days during the summer (Kitchener location).

Online: 12-week program that can be completed from any location.

For more information about this certificate contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
In-Person: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

The content of our online CBT program is the same as it is in-class. The only difference is the format. At the beginning of the course you'll be introduced to the learning objectives and then watch a video called Learning in Context that explains how the learning fits into practice and why it's needed.

You don't have to log on to the course at any particular time, but the course is broken into 12 separate weeks so you are required to log on and complete the work each week. Each weekly lesson includes:

  • Written lectures for you to read.
  • Recorded demos of the interventions being delivered for you to watch.
  • Mandatory discussion boards in which you answer questions about how to apply that week's learning to two case examples.
  • Submitted weekly assignments (Level I only).
  • Assigned textbook readings.
  • A quiz.

In addition to the mandatory discussion posts, we also encourage you to network and share your thoughts and experiences about CBT with other participants in the course through the discussion board.

The CBT certificate is open to professionals and graduate students across disciplines and worksites. To be eligible for the program, you must have completed a degree in a relevant field or have a minimum of three years experience working in mental health, education, healthcare or a related field. Contact Lynne Jordan at fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca or 519-884-0710 ext. 5265 if you require additional information.

To be eligible for Level II, you must have completed Level I (or an approved equivalent). To enhance your learning and ability to apply the material covered in this course, it is also highly beneficial to have past, current or anticipated experience working within a mental health setting.

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.

To receive the CBT certificate you must successfully complete one Level I and one Level II course

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

We offer a 50% discount on additional CBT Level II courses. Once you've completed the CBT certificate (both Level I and Level II) you are eligible to take other CBT Level II courses at a 50% discount. Contact the Professional Development office at fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca to request the discount code.

The CBT certificate is not eligible for any other discounts.

Completing this CBT certificate will not qualify you to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Please visit those websites for information on becoming a therapist in Ontario.

CBT Program
We offer a comprehensive CBT program. In addition to the CBT certificate you may be interested in the following:

CBT Boot Camps

CBT Consultation and Supervision Groups

Lunch and Learns

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