CBT Training Workshops



Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Fundamentals: Improving Your Clinical Practice with Core Skills

Looking to enhance your CBT skills, increase your confidence as a therapist, and improve outcomes with your client populations? This foundational course is suitable for clinicians and clinical learners interested in learning practical and effective core CBT strategies applicable to a broad range of presenting concerns in adolescents and adults. Seven weekly 2-hour lectures are offered in a virtual synchronous and interactive format by clinical psychologist experts in CBT. See Overview below for further information about the course and its objectives.

Classes begin May 17, 2022 and will be held on Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 pm for seven consecutive weeks. See Registration for more information.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Fundamentals: Improving your Clinical Practice with Core Skills

This course offers an introduction to the historical foundations and theory underlying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and in-depth learning of core CBT strategies for use with adolescents and adults.  Designed to aid clinicians in flexibly applying CBT in their clinical practice using case formulation, the course content covers a variety of cognitive and behavioural strategies and when to apply these strategies to maximize benefit.  Equity, diversity, and inclusion considerations will be woven throughout the lectures to aid clinicians in applying CBT to individuals from various populations and with intersecting identifies.  Synchronous lectures include didactic learning as well as the opportunity for in-class practice and role-play.

Learning Objectives
- Understand the predominant theories underlying CBT
- Develop skills in client conceptualization and case formulation from a CBT perspective
- Learn and apply core cognitive change strategies
- Learn and apply core behavioural change strategies
- Increase confidence in ability to apply strategies in a targeted way
- Identify and troubleshoot common challenges and barriers in CBT
- Refine skills in treatment termination

Suggested Accompanying Texts
Beck, J.S. (2020). Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond (3rd Ed.). Guilford Press.

Persons, J. (2008). The Case Formulation Approach to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.  Guilford Press.

Tolin, D.F. (2016). Doing CBT: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Behaviours, Thoughts, and Emotions. Guilford Press

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Course Instructors:

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Dr. Jenna Boyd, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Boyd is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Boyd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a Staff Psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Dr. Boyd also works part-time in private practice. She is an expert in CBT and its application to a wide variety of populations, including adolescents and adults with anxiety and mood-related concerns, trauma and PTSD, and obsessive compulsive and related concerns.

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Dr. Brenda Key, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Brenda Key is a registered clinical psychologist with expertise in the treatment of adults with anxiety, depression and general stress.  She has specialized training in cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy. She is an assistant professor at McMaster University and certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy but the Canadian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. In addition to working directly with clients, Dr. Key enjoys teaching, supervising, and training other professionals in CBT and Mindfulness at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and Mood Disorders Program. She is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

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Some suggestions for information we might collect as part of registration (in addition to the basics):

  • Current status/role:

    - Clinician
    - Clinical leaner
    (this might be collected with the payment if we have different fees for the two groups)

  • Profession:

    - Psychotherapy
    - Counselling
     - Social Work
     - Occupational Therapy
     - Nursing
     - Psychology
     - Medicine
     - Other: ___________

  • Setting in which you work or train (check all that apply):
    Academic/training program
    Community organization/clinic
    Private practice
    Other: _____________

  • Experience with CBT:
    Prior coursework/workshops but no practical experience with clients 
    Minimal practical experience with clients
    Some/occasional practical experience with clients
    Regularly use CBT approach with clients

>> We should have a cancellation/refund policy

>> We might also wish to specify any technical requirements for course attendance here (e.g., secure and stable internet connection, device with a camera and mic that can operate the Zoom application through which the course will be offered)

Please contact the CBT office with any questions at cbt@mcmaster.ca
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