The Center for Professional Development

Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

NOTE: Registration for the full certificate program is closed; space remains in individual sessons

Saturdays, 9:30am-3:00pm - except Mar.19 (9am-5pm) and April 9 (12:30-5:30pm)
Sept.19, 2015 - Apr. 9, 2016
(see individual session dates and descriptions below)
(full certificate fee)
(individual workshops)
5 CEUs per session
Act 48 credits where indicated

NOTE: This program does not provide formal certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Certification criteria required by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy includes a minimum of forty hours of specific education in cognitive therapy. This certificate program satisfies that requirement and results in the presentation of a frameable certificate of completion at the final session.

Cognitive Behavioral therapy continues to be one of the most in-demand models of treatment in clinical practice. This Certificate will increase your skills and marketability as a therapist. The program begins with grounding in the cognitive behavioral therapy model and accompanying theory. Emphasis is then placed on learning to use the cognitive therapy model to specifically treat various issues and clinical disorders.  Participants have the opportunity to learn on how to apply the CBT model with individuals as well as couples and families. The course also includes information on use of the model with diverse client populations such as LGBT clients, impoverished clients, racially diverse clients, high risk urban youth areas, etc. Participants are taught how to apply cognitive therapy techniques in both psychotherapy practice, as well as in other social work settings such as child welfare, schools, foster care, case management, aging, and hospital social work.  At the completion of each course unit participants will be able to: 1) apply the cognitive therapy case conceptualization and theory to the specific disorder covered in the course unit; 2) implement specific CBT techniques  when providing treatment in a myriad of social work settings; 3) create treatment plans utilizing CBT theories and interventions ; 4) describe the DSM-5 categorical grouping as per the disorder discussed in the course unit; and 5) integrate CBT with other approaches to treatment. This program fulfills the Academy of Cognitive Therapy certification requirement of a minimum of 40 hours of specific education in CBT.

FACULTY - Sessions of the program will be alternately facilitated by:
David B. Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW, Diplomate and Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy,  is co-founder of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy in Boca Raton, FL, and is an adjunct faculty member in Florida Atlantic University's MSW program. He was formerly an adjunct faculty member at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy.

Ruth Feinblum, MSS, LCSW, has a post-master's Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She worked in the public mental health system for a number of years in residential treatment, family-based mental health, and as an outpatient clinician with children and families. She founded Growth Solution Counseling, located in Center City Philadelphia, in 2008. She specializes in helping individuals and couples manage anxiety, improve communication skills, and thrive after divorce.

Those who complete the full program of eight courses within the 2015-2016 Professional Development program year will receive a frameable certificate of completion at the final session. Those who find it necessary to miss one session (not including the REQUIRED Introductory session) will have the opportunity to make up the missed class in a specially scheduled session on May 7. The make-up session will carry an additional fee of $110 at time of registration. Those who attend fewer than eight sessions in the 2015-2016 program year will forfeit the certificate. There are two registration options*: 
(1) Register for the Full Certificate at $800 discounted fee; OR
(2) Register for individual workshops at the $110/session standard course fee (total $880). Fees for individual sessions must be submitted at least two weeks prior to each session date.

* Registration and pre-payment of the full certificate program fee assumes attendance at all eight sessions. Refunds of unused portions of full certificate discount price will not be granted.

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy -
David Landsman-Wohlsifer

September 19, 2015
(2 Act 48 credits)
An introduction to the CBT model, its history, and current application. Emphasis will be placed on learning the CBT basic approaches and techniques to working with clients.

CBT Treatment for Depressive Disorders -
Ruth Feinblum

October 24, 2015
(2 Act 48 credits)
An overview of the range and severity of depressive disorders as per the DSM 5 utilizing CBT. Participants will be instructed on the protocols of treatment for mood disorders.

CBT Treatment of Substance Related and Addictive Disorders
David Landsman-Wohlsifer

November 14, 2015
(2 Act 48 credits)
Building on the CBT approach, this workshop provides participants with more specialized approaches to treating substance related and addictive disorders.

CBT Treatment for Anxiety, Trauma, & Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders -
Ruth Feinblum
December 5, 2015
(2 Act 48 credits)

An introduction to the treatment of the anxiety disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders  from a CBT perspective. Participants are instructed in a myriad of CBT skills that are aimed at the treatment and remission of anxiety and obsessive compulsive and related disorders.

Using Guided Imagery and Mindfulness in CBT -
Ruth Feinblum
February 20, 2016
This seminar will integrate the techniques of guided imagery as well as mindfulness with the CBT model. Participants are instructed in how to incorporate guided imageries within client sessions as well as how to integrate basic aspects of the mindfulness approach. Special attention will be paid to the clinician's role in attuning skill with the multicultural aspects that emerge when doing guided imageries.

CBT Treatment with Couples / CBT Treatment and Sex Therapy
David Landsman-Wohlsifer
March 19, 2016
NOTE: This session will meet 9:00am-5:00pm
CBT, often thought of only as a model for individual therapy, has established and empirically validated approaches to work with couples. Participants will be instructed on how to apply the model to systemic work.“Sexual dysfunction” is a broad term that encompasses sexual concerns along a biopsychosocial continuum. Participants are taught how to assess, diagnose, and treat sexual dysfunctions in clinical practice. An array of CBT techniques and resources are introduced. This training will include an at-home assignment and quiz that will be adminstered by the instructor

CBT Treatment for Personality Disorders -
David Landsman-Wohlsifer
April 9, 2016
NOTE: This session will meet 12:30-5:30pm
Traditionally (and erroneously) deemed “untreatable”, the signs and symptoms of personality disorders have shown a marked improvement with CBT intervention. Specific attention will be paid to Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Dependent, Avoidant, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders.

CBT Treatment with Young Children -
Ruth Feinblum
Ths workshop may be used as a make-up session for those who may have missed one of the eight CBT sessions required to receive the certificate. Separate registration for this class is required.
May 7, 2016
(5 Act 48 credits)
CBT is usually thought of a treatment modality for adults but also is very effective with children. Age appropriate interventions allow children to learn about their thoughts and ways to change their thinking habits. This course will teach participants age appropriate CBT interventions for ages 6-12.