Course Description

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 II course, you will learn how to apply the CBT interventions learned in Level I to clinical (DSM-5) and sub-clinical issues relating to anxiety and depression. The course works to further your skills in assessing the symptoms of these disorders, apply the most effective CBT interventions to treat the presenting symptoms and understand and use step-by-step CBT protocols. A specific focus on culturally responsive CBT and group CBT is also incorporated to provide you with a well-rounded scope of practice for CBT application. 

Upon completion of this course you 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 anxiety and depression-related disorders (grief, depression, suicidality, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, OCD, phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety, 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.
  • Become competent in applying culturally responsive CBT 
  • Establish an understanding of group CBT application. 

Participants in the online CBT courses should plan on four to seven hours per week dedicated to readings, discussions and assignments. Participants in the remote CBT courses will be required to complete the readings prior to the beginning of the course.

Assignments can include pre-readings, clinical worksheets, discussion questions and quizzes. Assignments will receive a pass/fail designation.

You are responsible for purchasing the following textbook, available through Indigo and Amazon. If you are registered for a remote weekend or summer intensive course, please read the text before the course starts. For the online course, readings will be assigned each week.

Leahy, Holland, and McGinn (2012). Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, 2nd edition. New York: Guilford Press.


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

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Remote: 548-889-5128
Online: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Level II: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Disorders and Depression
M, T, W, Th, F
8:30AM to 5:00PM
Aug 19, 2024 to Aug 23, 2024
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Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $1,100.00
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Instructor: Thomas Brown, MSW, RSW

Location: This course is being held remotely through Zoom.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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