Online CBT

About Our Online Courses

Certificate in CBT for Clinical Practitioners

Cost: $895 +HST per module

Course Highlights: 

  • This program contains two levels; CBT Fundamentals and CBT Advanced Practice; students can take one or both levels
  • Each level requires 40 hours / must be completed within a maximum of 12 weeks
  • Students will require practice with clients (live or “mock”)
  • Please note that these courses frequently have a waitlist (see below) 

Overview of the CBT Program

Approved by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, our online CBT program is a robust training in the skills of this much-needed modality. During studies, students proceed through written lectures, talks, case studies and video demonstrations, and complete 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 comprehensive in nature and designed 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 competence in this important modality and can go on to apply their training across a wide variety of contexts.

Course Outline

All courses/levels within the program are a 40-hour course 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/level, 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/level is $895 and must be completed within a maximum of 12 weeks. 


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

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.

Please note that completing any of these courses within the program does not qualify you to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. There are currently no accredited CBT training programs in Canada, as there is no formal accreditation process for CBT in Canada.  Please be advised that the Academy approves these courses of Cognitive Therapy, and completion of these courses will satisfy most continuing education requirements. This course is also compliant with the requirements to join the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapists.

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

Getting Started

Once payment is received, students will receive a license key and can begin their studies. Course content is varied and made up of lectures, viewings, demos, 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. Please also note that in the event of cancellation, a $100 administration fee will be applied.


There is not a waitlist for this course at this time.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Fundamentals (LEVEL 1)

40 hours / maximum of 12 weeks

$895 + tax and 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. But as the decades passed, the interventions Dr. Beck used began to undergo the structuring it required to be used with more people in many other situations. Eventually, CBT made its way out of in-patient units and into the global population at large. 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, students 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

Stream A: CBT With Mental Health and Addiction

40 hours / maximum of 12 weeks

$895 + tax

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For reasons that are many, the incidence of almost every mental health disorder is rising quickly. The World Health Organization has predicted that clinical depression alone will be a leading cause of workplace disability worldwide by 2020, 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 a change agent within it. 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 textbook is required.

Stream B: CBT With Complex Mental Health

40 hours / maximum of 12 weeks

$895 + tax

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Practitioners will routinely find themselves challenged by cases that are more complicated in nature. These challenges might occur because the symptoms list is confounding because there is more than one diagnosis, or because the presenting issue is complicated in origin. Topics covered in this course include personality disorder, OCD, PTSD (single and multiple-episode traumas) and bipolar spectrum 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 textbook is required. 

Stream C: CBT with Families, Children and Youth

40 hours / maximum of 12 weeks

$895 + tax and textbook 

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As one part of a family system encounters change, the whole unit must adjust. This course looks at how to apply the cognitive-behavioural model to work with couples, children and youth. 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 couples, children and adolescents (4-18 years). Students will leave with an 80-page workbook of tools that includes CBT worksheets formatted to couples, kids and youth 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

Online FAQ 

What format are the courses in?

This online program can be completed wherever you are, but you will need a good internet connection to do so. Great care has been taken to ensure high-quality content delivery and learning without the use of a lecture hall. You will receive a “pass/fail” grade determined by the quality of the assignments turned in. If you exert a reasonable amount of effort, you should have no problem passing the course.

What do I do if I think I have an equivalent prerequisite?

Please send the details of your equivalency course, via an inquiry, to the contact listed below. We will consider it and reply to you.

Will I have contact with an Instructor?

Yes. A teaching team marks your assignments each week and provides you with ongoing feedback on your exercises and reflections. The courses use a teaching team of MSW or higher designations, who are also veteran practitioners and supervisors. All are qualified to teach at the graduate level, and all have strong experience in both clinical work, teaching and/or supervising.

How does the software work?

Once you have paid for your registration, a license key will be sent to the email address you provide us with. This can take up to seven days. Please check your spam folder regularly during this period. Once your license is active, you should plan to spend an hour getting oriented to the software before starting the coursework. Along the way, a support line is available to you should you encounter any problems (this will be discussed in your welcome and orientation).

Does the course offer any financial aid?

Not at this time. All students will receive a receipt.

Who is the contact person for the online courses?

Students may contact the Dean of Continuing Education, Ms. Beatrice Traub-Werner, for specific questions: 

Beatrice Traub-Werner, MSW, RSW
Dean, Continuing Education
Adler Graduate Professional School
890 Yonge Street, 9th floor,
Toronto, ON
Tel: 416-923-4419 ext. 503
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