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Course Description

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has become one of the major models of psychotherapy used by professionals across various disciplines in the field of mental health.  It is one of the most widely researched and empirically-validated models.  As with many models of psychotherapy, however, CBT involves a complex set of conceptual and practical skills, which are integrated to promote optimal client health and personal change. 

The 30-hour practice and skills-based Certificate program will focus on the fundamentals of CBT’s core competencies and will include assessment, case conceptualization, practical tools and techniques.  The program’s primary purpose is to enhance the skills of mental health professionals, which will improve their employability and enhance client outcomes.  The program is intensive and experiential that includes lectures, role plays, small group exercises, homework assignments and virtual online case consultation sessions.  The focus will be on integration and application of learning in daily practice.  It will be delivered in a blended format with both in-class and online components.

Course Details

Overall Learning Objectives:

  • Graduates will develop the ability to conduct a cognitive-behavioural assessment;
  • Graduates will learn to develop cognitive-behavioural case formulations for clients leading to treatment planning;
  • Graduates will develop fundamental skills in the provision of CBT, including both behavioural and cognitive tools;
  • Graduates will learn to work within a collaborative empiricism model of treatment that provides a solid framework for practitioners and clients, as well as the therapeutic relationship;
  • Graduates will learn ways to assess progress and deal with common problems that arise in CBT. 
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