The Center for Professional Development

Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dr. Landsman-Wohlsifer with some recent certificate recipients.

Saturdays, 12:30-5:30pm (EXCEPT May 9 meeting 9:30am-3:00pm)
Sept.13, 2014 - Apr.11, 2015
5 CEUs/session and/or 2 Act 48 credits where indicated
Full Certificate Discount Fee:
$800 (dependent upon full payment at time of registration; space may be held with a $50 non-refundable fee that will be applied to full payment when attendance is confirmed.)
Standard Course Fee: $110

(except Dec.13 at BMC Park Science Rm. 25)

* This certificate program is not a formal certification. Bryn Mawr certificate programs provide participants with curricula that support intensive study in specific areas. Completion of program requirements results in 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.

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.

Those who complete the full program of eight courses within the 2013-2014 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 course) will have the opportunity to make up the missed class in a specially scheduled session on May 9. The make-up session will carry an additional fee of $110 at time of registration. Those who attend fewer than eight sessions in the 2014-2015 program year will forfeit the certificate. There are two registration options
(1) Register for the Full Certificate* at $800, by submitting full fee upon registration; OR
(2) Register for the eight individual workshops at the $110/session standard course fee. Payment for each session must be submitted no later than one week prior to class 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 - September 13, 2014
(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 - October 25, 2014
(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 for Anxiety, Trauma, & Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders -
November 8, 2014
(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.

CBT Treatment for Couples - December 13, 2014
(Alternate classroom location - Park Science Room 25)

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.

CBT Treatment for Personality Disorders - January 24, 2015
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 and Sex Therapy - February 14, 2015
“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.

Using Guided Imagery and Mindfulness in CBT - March 21, 2015
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 of Substance Related and Addictive Disorders- April 11, 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 with LGBT Clients - May 9, 2015 (9:30am-3:00pm)
This seminar is billed separately from the CBT Certificate program and carries an independent $110 fee. This session may be used to complete the 8-session certificate requirement. The seminar will provide participants with an opportunity to apply the CBT model in an empowering and affirmative manner to the needs and concerns of LGBT and questioning clients.