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, participants 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. In this advanced course participants will hone their skills to assess the symptoms of these disorders and sub-clinical issues, apply the most effective CBT interventions to treat the presenting symptoms and understand and use step-by-step CBT protocols.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- 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.
READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Participants in the online CBT courses should plan on four to seven hours per week dedicated to readings, discussions and assignments. Participants in the in-person CBT courses will be required to complete readings and assignments in addition to classtime.
Assignments can include pre-readings, clinical worksheets, discussion questions and a group assignment. Assignments will receive a pass/fail designation.
Participants are responsible for purchasing the following textbooks, which are usually availale through Indigo and Amazon or your local bookseller. If you are registered for a weekend or summer intensive program, please read these texts before the course starts. For the online program, readings will be assigned each week.
- Leahy, Holland, and McGinn (2011). Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders. New York: Guilford Press. Second edition.
- Paris, Joel (2015). The Intelligent Clinician's Guide to the DSM-5RG. New York: Oxford University Press. Second edition.
- OPTIONAL: Frances, Allen (2013). Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
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 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 519-884-0710 ext. 5265 if you require additional information.
To be eligible for CBT 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. Case studies will be provided for those who do not have access to current/recent caseloads.
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.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) : Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)