Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT for Groups

Designed for groups from organizations  or corporations of at least 10 participants, we offer a hybrid program at a reduced cost. This format offers synchronous instruction with an instructor live on Zoom, plus online requirements to be fulfilled in-between class times.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss details and determine possible delivery times.

Certificate in CBT for Clinical Practitioners 

Format: Online Self-Directed

Cost: $895 + HST per course

Highlights of this Program: 

  • This program contains two levels: CBT Fundamentals (1 course, Level 1) and CBT Advanced Practice (3 courses, Levels 2a, 2b, 2c); students can take one or both levels (i.e., up to 4 courses)
  • Each course requires ~40 hours of coursework that must be completed within a maximum allotted period of 12 weeks
  • Students will require practice with clients (live or “mock”)

Overview of the CBT Program

Approved by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (USA), our online CBT program is a robust training in the skills of this much-needed modality. During their studies, students proceed through written lectures, talks, case studies and video demonstrations, completing practice assignments along the way. Students receive personalized, attentive feedback from a veteran teaching team known to make online learning fun, and interesting. Though Canadian in origin, the online CBT program is thorough in design and content, having been created with a broad audience of students in mind (both culturally and with regard to practice diversity). Please note that oral and written fluency in English is required.

The program is divided into two levels. In Level 1, CBT - Foundations, students learn the fundamentals of the CBT modality. In Level 2, CBT - Advanced Practice, students learn how to apply these interventions by choosing one of three streams (students can take more than one stream if they wish). Students will leave the course with a broad base of understanding in this important modality and can go on to apply their training across a wide variety of contexts.

Course Outline

All courses within the program require 40 hours of study. Students may choose to end their training after Level 1, or progress to one of three streams in Level 2. Upon completion of each course, students will have obtained strong academic foundations and skills-based knowledge, as well as a toolkit of worksheets available for duplication for use in their practice. Please note that to be eligible for Level 2, students must have completed Level 1 (or an approved equivalent, see below). The cost for each course is $895 + HST and these must be completed within a maximum of 12 weeks. 

Courses:

LEVEL 1: Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Foundations
LEVEL 2: Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Advanced Practice

Stream A) - CBT with Mental Health & Addiction (prerequisite: Level 1)

Stream B) - CBT with Complex Mental Health (prerequisite: Levels 1 & 2A)

Stream C) - CBT with Families, Children & Youth (prerequisite: Level 1)

Eligibility and Certification

To first enter or subsequently maintain a competent practice in mental health or human services, practitioners require ongoing professional education, as well as opportunities for supervised practice. The Faculty of Continuing Education at ADLER provides both.

ADLER’s Faculty of Continuing Education offers certificate programs that incorporate a case-based learning approach, encompassing theoretical discussion supported by real-life cases, scenarios, and role-playing. This approach affords participants the opportunity to experience the actual, day-to-day challenges encountered by most therapists.

Many ADLER Continuing Education courses qualify for programs like the continuing education credit hours for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Contact your organization to determine eligibility of a particular course.

Note that this program's courses are only suitable for students with clinical backgrounds, who are trained and capable of managing clients who are, or can be, in crisis.

Upon completion and submission of all assignments, and following their review by the teaching team, students will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of each course.

Disclaimer: Please note that completing any of these courses within the program does not qualify you to register with any regulatory body in Ontario (e.g. the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)). There is no formal accreditation process for CBT in Canada; however, the CACBT is currently developing accreditation processes, which, once completed, we aim to comply with. Please be advised that the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (USA) approves these courses of Cognitive Therapy, and completion of these courses will satisfy most continuing education requirements.

Getting Started

Once payment is received, students will receive a license key and can begin their studies. Please note that all of our online courses have a set amount of time for you to complete your coursework. For each of the CBT courses, the maximum allotted period is 12 weeks (per course). Your window begins upon receipt of your license key, that is, upon receiving an email instructing you how to access your course. To ensure that you are given sufficient time to complete all of the material, please purchase your course no sooner than 2-5 business days prior to the date that you intend to begin studying, as this is how long it takes for the license key to be generated from the time you make your purchase. Your countdown will begin upon receipt of the license key, and not upon your using that key to access the course

Course content is varied and made up of lectures, viewings, demonstrations, supplemental readings, and professional/reflective exercises. There are no tests or exams, however, there are assignments for each module, which must be completed and then submitted online. The assignments in each course do not have to be completed in one sitting, but please note: you have a maximum of 12 weeks to complete your studies. We uphold a policy that we do not extend or re-open the software to you once your 12-week period of learning is up. Plan accordingly: if you will be away, you must catch up on your work.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Foundations (Level 1)

40 hours of study — maximum of 12 weeks

$895 + HST + the cost of the textbook

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was first used during the 1950s and 1960s, pioneered by American psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Beck. Its first application was with hospital in-patients experiencing clinical depression. As decades passed, the interventions used by Dr. Beck were systematized and used with more people in various situations. Eventually, CBT made its way out of in-patient units and into the global population. This course is a thorough introduction to the foundations of cognitive behavioural practice. Designed with the cultural and contextual implications of a wide variety of students in mind, upon completion, participants will leave with the basic practical techniques required to begin practice, including a course-pack of 20 worksheets (the CBT “interventions”) that can be duplicated for practice. Please note that you will require your textbook as soon as you begin your studies. 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Josefowitz, Nina and Myran, David (2017). CBT Made Simple: A Clinician’s Guide to Practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Advanced Practice (Level 2)

Stream A: CBT With Mental Health and Addiction

40 hours of study — maximum of 12 weeks

$895 + HST

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For a variety of reasons, the incidence of almost every mental health disorder is quickly rising. The World Health Organization has predicted that clinical depression alone will be a leading cause of workplace disability worldwide by 2025, second only to ischemic heart disease. Suited for those in clinical practice with adult mental health disorders, this level will apply CBT interventions to the most commonly seen DSM-5 disorders in everyday practice, including depression, anxiety, and substance use. This course will also help practitioners learn to think critically about the nature of the mental health “epidemic” and how to be an agent of change within it. Students will leave with convenient “treatment summaries” for each disorder (the “course-pack”) which they can refer to in session and apply to practice right away. No additional textbook is required for this course.

Stream B: CBT With Complex Mental Health

40 hours of study — maximum of 12 weeks

$895 + HST

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Practitioners will routinely find themselves challenged by cases that are more complicated in nature. These challenges may arise because the list of symptoms is more complex, reflecting multiple possible diagnoses, or because the presenting issue(s) is/are complicated. Topics covered in this course include personality disorder, OCD, PTSD (single and multiple-episode traumas) and bipolar disorder. Students will leave with convenient “treatment summaries” for each disorder (the “course-pack”) that they can refer to in session and apply to practice right away. No additional textbook is required for this course. 

Stream C: CBT with Families, Children and Youth

40 hours of study — maximum of 12 weeks

$895 + HST + the cost of the textbook 

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As one part of a family system undergoes change, the whole unit must adjust to maintain homeostasis. This course looks at how to apply the cognitive-behavioural model to work with couples, children, and adolescents (4-18 years). Looking closely at common, contemporary issues that present in the therapy room, students will leave with an understanding of how to apply the skills learned in Level 1 in creative and concrete ways to work with these populations. Participants who successfully complete this course will leave with an 80-page workbook of tools that includes CBT worksheets formatted for use with these populations that can be downloaded and duplicated. This course ends with a look at cultural considerations of “the family,” with a special focus on work with First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous communities. Please note that you will require your textbook as soon as you begin your studies.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK (Level 2C): Datillio, Frank M (2010). Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy with Couples and Families. New York, New York: The Guilford Press

Who is the contact person for this program?

Students may contact a representative from our Faculty of Continuing Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.