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About Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is one of the most prevalent, widely-respected models used in psychotherapy today. Since the decades since its inception, thousands of studies have repeatedly proven its effectiveness and efficacy in treating hundreds of mental health, health and sub-clinical issues, such as perfectionism, self-esteem, tackling shame and guilt. It is a concrete, active therapy that delivers interventions that work. Our innovative CBT certificate training program will give you the skills, confidence and knowledge to bring this therapeutic model to your work, and empower you to help others transform their lives and improve their mood.

About Laurier's CBT Certificate Program

Our CBT certificate is comprised of two levels. Both levels must be completed to receive the CBT certificate.

Level I will introduce students to a set of skills that are highly tactical and are the core of a clinician's CBT toolkit. Because CBT is a structured, concrete therapy, students will learn interventions they can immediately bring into their sessions and begin quickly putting into practice professionally as well as personally. In Level II, students will explore how to best use the core CBT skills and interventions learned in Level I within the world of mental health and DSM-V disorders, focusing on either adults or children and youth.

Each level consists of 36 hours of instruction, plus readings and assignments that are done outside the classroom. Courses ae designed to fit into any busy professional's life and are offered in a variety of formats:

  • 12 Week Program: 12 three-hour weekly classes (Kitchener only).
  • Intensive Program: Class is held over six days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in two sessions of three days each.
  • Online: 12 week program that can be completed from any location.


Classes are held in the following location:

  • Kitchener: Faculty of Social Work, 120 Duke Street West

CBT Online

The content of our online CBT program is the same as it is in-class. The only difference is the format. At the beginning of the course you'll be introduced to the learning objectives and then watch a video called Learning in Context that explains how the learning fits into practice and why it's needed.

You don't have to log on to the course at any particular time, but the course is broken into 12 separate weeks so you are required to log on and complete the work each week. Each weekly lesson includes:

  • Written lectures for you to read.
  • Recorded demos of the interventions being delivered for you to watch.
  • Mandatory discussion boards in which you answer questions about how to apply that week's learning to two case examples.
  • Submitted weekly assignments.
  • Assigned textbook readings.
  • A quiz.

There will also be a final assignment due at the end of the course that is graded as pass/fail. Your instructor is available to answer questions in the discussion boards or through email. We also encourage you to network and share your thoughts and experiences about CBT with other students in the course through the discussion board.

Admission Requirements

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.*

To be eligible for 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.

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.

*Some exceptions can be made to the undergraduate degree requirement. Contact Lynne Jordan at 519.884.0710 x5265 for more information.

Completion Requirements

To receive the CBT certificate you must successfully complete Level I and Level II. For Level II, you can choose between the following two courses:

  • Level II: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Mental Health Disorders
  • Level II: The Essentials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Youth

Note: You do not have to be working towards completing the CBT certificate to take the Level I course.


Partnership with Qualia Counselling Services

All CBT programs at Laurier are offered in partnership with Qualia Counselling Services, a cognitive behaviour therapy, coaching and training clinic with offices in Kitchener, Waterloo and Six Nations First Nation. Qualia Counselling provides CBT services across Ontario to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Qualia is the only specialized clinic of its kind, employing a team of approximately 40 clinicians and administrators. The agency is led by a team of three: Thomas Brown and Brett and Charity Fleming. Providing psychotherapy, supervision, coaching and training through core values of professional excellence, anti-oppression, integrity and genuine caring is at the heart of Qualia's vision to unlock human potential. To learn more about Qualia visit

Level I: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

2018 Course Dates

Note: Additional 2018/19 dates will be posted in June.


Dates: August 13 to 17, 2018
Time: Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. One hour for lunch (not included)
Format: Five-day intensive
Instructor: Thomas Brown
Cost: $1,100 (textbooks not included)

Course Description

This foundational course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the core tenets, tools and interventions used within the cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) model. The interventions introduced will give students a beginner's edge in how to best harness the power of this widely recommended and evidence-based psychotherapy. Students will learn the structure, session format and interventions necessary to begin treatment across populations and presenting issues (Level II will further explore assessment and specific mental health protocols and approaches). Through a variety of teaching methods, including lecture, intervention delivery and use demonstrations, clinical practice worksheets and role play, students will learn which CBT interventions to use and how to best provide psychoeducation for, and apply, these interventions across varying client issues. Students will finish this course with a comprehensive beginner's knowledge about CBT and a set of interventions from which to start helping others restructure their cognitions and behaviours.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Place CBT on a continuum of therapeutic approaches, identifying both its contributions and limitations.
  • Engage in competent case conceptualization and formulation from a CBT perspective that sets a clear therapeutic path.
  • Initiate and execute appropriate cognitive interventions central to CBT with proper judgment and competence.
  • Initiate and execute behavioural interventions central to CBT with proper judgment and competence.
  • Understand research trends in the CBT community and make this knowledge relevant to a therapeutic session.
  • Critically consider the approach with individuals, couples, families, groups and other brief therapy constraints.
  • Increase their confidence with their tactical skills, allowing them to engage clients quickly and effectively by structuring sessions, focusing the therapeutic interaction and having clients leave every session with something helpful.

This course is open to helping professionals of every kind across disciplines and worksites, including current graduate students.

This workshop has been pre-approved for 12 continuing education credits by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

Register for Level I: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Level II: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Mental Health Disorders

2018/19 Course Dates


Dates: TBD 
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 120 Duke Street West
Format: TBD
Instructor: TBD 
Cost: $1,100


Next offering in Fall 2018.

Time: N/A
Format: 12 week program
Instructor: TBD 
Cost: $1,100

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 course, students will learn how to apply the CBT interventions learned in Level I to clinical (DSM-5) and sub-clinical issues. Today, CBT is also widely used with sub-clinical issues that precede mental health disorders – often referred to as the stressors of the "worried well" – such as perfectionism, guilt and shame, procrastination and self-esteem concerns. In this advanced course students will hone their skills to assess the symptoms of these disorders and sub-clinical issues, apply the most effective CBT interventions to treat the presenting symptoms and understand and use step-by-step CBT protocols.

Upon completion of this course students 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 mental health disorders (depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, bipolar disorders, 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.

This course is open to anyone who has completed Level I: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (or an approved equivalent) and is an active helping professional with regular patient/client contact. Case studies will be provided for those who do not have access to current/recent caseloads.

Register for Level II: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Mental Health Disorders

Note: This course has been pre-approved for 36 continuing education credits by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

Level II: The Essentials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Youth

2018/19 Course Dates


Dates: April 30 to July 20, 2018
Time: N/A
Format: 12 week program
Instructor: Charity Fleming
Cost: $1,100

Course Description

Have you ever wondered if CBT is effective in treating child and adolescent mental health and other presenting issues? Have you assumed that CBT cannot effectively be used in treating children? Or have you been convinced of the effectiveness of CBT can have with your child and adolescent clients but are unsure of how to best deliver it?

If you are answering yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you! In this course students will learn strategies to unlock the power of the CBT model for the often more challenging and cognitively diverse clients ranging in ages from two to 17.

Specifically, students will learn to tailor and apply the CBT techniques and interventions acquired in Level I to a subset of mental health and sub-clinical issues across various stages of development in children and youth.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of cognitive behavioural play therapy and have ideas and tools you can begin using immediately in sessions with children and adolescents.
  • Have the facts and research about the most prevalent child and adolescent presenting problems and contributors to these.
  • Assess and identify symptoms related to DSM-5 disorders and other presenting concerns.
  • Know how to use and adapt the cognitive therapy rating scale (CTRS) components to work with children and adolescents throughout sessions.
  • Conceptualize treatment within the CBT model for various stages of development.
  • Know steps for delivering the best CBT protocols and discern delivery of interventions for:
    • level of cognitive development
    • within the family system
    • in consideration of attachment

Creative CBT delivery methods and techniques, such as the use of play, games, object lessons and popular culture will be explored and ideas given and demonstrated so students leave with a broad range of interventions they can begin using in child and youth mental health, school and community-based settings.This course is designed to be both educational and fun!

This course is open to anyone who has completed Level I: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (or an approved equivalent) and is an active helping professional with regular patient/client interactions. Case studies will be provided for those who do not have access to current/recent caseloads.

Register for Level II: The Essentials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Youth

Note: This course has been pre-approved for 36 continuing education credits by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

Readings and Assignments

Students should plan on two to six hours per week of time outside the classroom dedicated to readings and assignments. Assignments can include pre-readings, clinical worksheets, a project to be completed in small groups and a personal reflection paper after the course is complete. Assignments will receive a pass/fail designation.


Students are responsible for purchasing the following textbooks:

Level I: The Fundamentals of CBT

  • Beck, J. (2011). Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond. New York: Guilford Press. Second edition.
  • Greenberger, D. & Padesky, C. A. (2015). Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think. New York: Guilford Press. Second edition.

Level II: CBT with Mental Health Disorders

  • Frances, Allen (2013). Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Leahy, Holland, and McGinn (2011). Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders. New York: Guilford Press. Second edition.
  • Paris, Joel (2015). The Intelligent Clinician's Guide to the DSM-5RG. New York: Oxford University Press.

Level II: The Essentials of CBT with Children and Youth

A variety of resources have been assembled into a course pack that is available for purchase through Laurier's Professional Development office. The cost of the course pack is $93.40 plus shipping.

Missed Classes

Students are expected to attend all instructional hours in full. Leaving early is not permitted. Students may miss up to six hours of instructional hours without penalty. If attendance does not satisfy these requirements, the student will not receive their certificate until the classes can be made up at the next available opportunity. Attendance will be taken mid-class (weekly evening courses) or both morning and afternoon (full-day courses).


Cost is $1,100 per level or $1,300 when lunch is included (Milton, London and Barrie locations). Course material is included. Textbooks are not included and are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Estimated cost for textbooks is $100 to $150 per course.

Cancellations up to two weeks prior to start date are subject to a $50 administration fee. Cancellations within two weeks of the start date are not eligible for refund or credit.


There are currently no accredited cognitive behaviour therapy training programs in Canada. When registering for CBT training program, it is important that you select a program you feel will empower you in your work context and that will be marketable in the workplace. This program has been designed with careful consideration to the needs of practicing professionals and has been included in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy’s list of recommended teaching and training courses.

Contact Us:

Lynne Jordan, Coordinator, Professional Development

T: 519.884.0710 x5265


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