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Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions Certificate (CBT)

Hybrid Learning, Online Certificates


Please join our wait list for the Fall 2024 CBT cohort — starts September 4th.

This 12-week, interactive online CBT certificate program is designed for licensed social workers, health and mental health professionals to learn the theoretical frameworks and basic practice skills of evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The course is structured as a hybrid course, composed of exercises and assignments in Blackboard, along with mandatory weekly virtual classes that take place over zoom with CBT expert Olita Day-Berger.

The first six weeks focus on the basics of CBT, and the remaining weeks teach how to apply CBT skills to the treatment of depression, anxiety, substance use, severe behavioral health issues, children and provide culturally responsive adaptations. Participants emerge with a thorough grounding in CBT methods and the capacity to integrate CBT into their current practices.

Case examples are provided, and participants are invited to present their cases for consultation. Please note, in addition to lectures, and reading, there will be mandatory weekly one and a half hour, live classrooms as part of the learning process, and three video recorded dyad role-plays of CBT sessions.

Participants will need to have a webcam and microphone as well as access to high-speed internet. There is a required textbook which can be purchased online: Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond (J. S. Beck, Guilford Press, 2020, 3rd edition).

Fall Class schedule:

  • Sept 4:  Orientation
  • Week #1: Sept 11
  • Week #2: Sept 18
  • Week #3: Sept 25
  • Oct 2= Jewish New Year – no class
  • Week #4: Oct 9
  • Week #5: Oct 16
  • Week #6: Oct 23
  • Week #7: Oct 30
  • Week #8 Nov 6
  • Week #9: Nov 13
  • Nov 20 = Thanksgiving break – no class
  • Week #10: Nov 27
  • Week #11: Dec 4
  • Week #12: Dec 11

Learner Feedback:

This was a wonderful course that provided me with a variety of materials to utilize in my own practice. I enjoyed learning from the professor and the other students in the class. I highly recommend this course!”

“This course was fantastic! (The instructor) is incredibly knowledgeable and skilled at working with adult learners. I would highly recommend this course to any social worker or mental health professional in the field.”

“I found this course to be very relevant to my work. The instructor was knowledgeable, kind, and professional. There was lots of great collaboration with other participants. The course materials, assignments, and tasks provided a great opportunity to grow.”


  • State the basic premises of behavioral and cognitive theories.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment procedures appropriate for the evaluation of outcomes of behavioral and cognitive practice in individual, family, or group contexts.
  • Formulate a cognitive/behavioral analysis using CBT theoretical models applied to specific cases.
  • Describe empirical findings regarding effective interventions for several common behavioral problems of children and adults.
  • Apply several specific methods of CBT, including variety of reinforcement procedures, relaxation training, exposure methods (desensitization and flooding), self-control strategies, and cognitive therapy techniques.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive/behavioral practice methods.
  • Consider the influence of environmental and contextual factors (e.g. culture, ethnicity, abilities, gender, sexual orientation) in the delivery of CBT methods.
  • Discuss practical and ethical issues in delivering CBT to clients.



Course Outline

  • Week 1: Introduction to CBT
  • Week 2: Working with Structure
  • Week 3: Working with Thoughts
  • Week 4: 1st Case Conference on Depression
  • Week 5: Working with Beliefs
  • Week 6: Case Conference: Anxiety
  • Week 7: Working with Behaviors
  • Week 8: Case Conference: Substance Abuse
  • Week 9: Action Plans, Case Management, and Problem Solving
  • Week 10: Case Conference: Severe Mental Illness
  • Week 11: Case Conference: Children and Adolescents
  • Week 12: Issues of Diversity


Course Policies

For information about refunds, cancellations, accommodations and to contact us please visit the policies page.

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