Course Description

In this innovative course you will learn not only the neurobiological, psychosocial and emotional impacts of trauma but also the specially engineered cognitive behavioural interventions to help your clients process, recover and even grow from their traumatic experiences and history. Based on the most forefront bodies and fields of trauma research and knowledge, this course will guide you through assessment, in-depth cognitive behaviour treatment techniques and post-traumatic recovery and growth for adults, children, adolescents and their caregivers. Special topics will include recovery techniques for the most common types of trauma in a Canadian context, like medical, complex, intergenerational, refugee and Indigenous historical trauma experiences. Handouts and video demos will enrich your clinical toolkit, as well as additional peer supervision sessions following the completion of the course.

Peer Supervision

At the beginning of the course you will be assigned to a small peer supervision group (maximum three participants per group). Upon completion of the 36 hour course, each group will meet monthly for a peer supervision session, for a period of three months. Each one-hour peer supervision session will be offered virtually through video conferencing, and will be led by a CBT for Trauma trainer. These peer supervision sessions are mandatory and make up sessions are not available. Once you have been assigned to a group, you must attend all three supervision sessions with that group in order to complete the course.

The focus of the sessions will be case conceptualization and treatment delivery/planning, as well as participant support. Each week one participant will be responsible for presenting a case that the group will then discuss and analyze from a CBT for Trauma perspective. Each participant will be required to present one case in total.

Prior to the start of the course, you will be able to select the timeslots that are most convenient for you to participant in the peer supervision (i.e. morning, lunch, afternoon, evening, weekend). We will do our best to assign you to a peer supervision group during that time slot.


There are no required textbooks for this course. All required material will be provided during the course.

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

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: c519-884-0710 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


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Level II: CBT for Trauma
M, T, W, Th, F
8:30AM to 5:00PM
Jun 07, 2021 to Jun 11, 2021
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Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $1,400.00
Section Notes

Saria Reynolds, MSW, RSW

For our 2020/2021 program, all in-person courses are being live streamed through Zoom. Once the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, these courses will once again be held in person at our Kitchener location at 120 Duke Street West.

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