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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy appears to be such a natural fit for Occupational Therapists that an explanation seems almost redundant. Using CBT can help clients identify and change negative thought patterns that get in the way of successful treatment. Because of the therapeutic relationship established between therapist and client, and the numerous client issues they treat, Occupational Therapists are in a prime position to help clients modify unhelpful thoughts and schemas. Occupational Therapists are equally at home in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, in clients' homes, and in schools. So is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy! Occupational therapists work with a variety of age groups. So does CBT!  Occupational Therapists use theory to guide practice and promote health, and so does CBT! Occupational Therapists are conscious of evidence based practice and CBT is an evidence based practice! In fact, CBT is a natural extension of what Occupational Therapists already do as they address the occupational performance problems for individual clients, groups, and populations in the areas of self-care, and productivity and recreation. In fact, registered occupational therapists can perform psychotherapy that meets the established Standards for psychotherapy for their profession. CBT is a psychotherapy! 

Use CBT with clients in:

Skills acquisition;
Skills consolidation and application training;
Generalization and maintenance;
Post-treatment assessment follow-up.

Learn to use CBT in developing and implementing wellness program in schools;  promoting functional skills for children with developmental disabilities; providing individualized treatment for sensory processing difficulties; addressing psycho-social needs of a child and teaching effective coping strategies (Case-Smith, 2010). 
Learn to use CBT with clients who are experiencing challenges in:
Employment interests, pursuits and acquisition; retirement preparation and adjustment volunteer exploration and participation; leisure exploration and participation; and social and community participation. 

Program will not be offered in 2018

CBT-OT- 01181218

Certificate Program in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Occupational Therapists 

How Will I Learn It? 

We specialize in online learning in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for health professionals.  We realize that educating professionals in CBT significantly expands the health and wellness resources available to our healthcare clients.

You will work in small collaborative groups within a larger class. In fact, you can register with a group of 6-8 peers and expect to complete the entire program with that same group. Alternately, you can register individually and work with people from across the country and beyond. Your collaborative learning groups will facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, the co-creation of knowledge, meaning, reflection, and transformative learning. Reciprocal scaffolding (Holton and Thomas, 2006) is utilized where collaboratively working groups are provided with opportunities to learn from the experiences and knowledge of each other.

This online program consists of weekly video lectures, weekly discussion, frequent electronic quizzes to keep you on-track, group Case Studies, two audio-taped examples of using CBT and two case conceptualizations. Each group will engage in Skype/Adobe Connect meetings on a regular basis.

Case-Smith, J. (2010). Occupational Therapy for Children. Maryland Heights, MO: Mosby/Elsevier.

Holton, D., and Clark, D. (2006). Scaffolding and metacognition. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 37, 127-143.

Learn to use CBT in helping clients recover or maintain physical, mental, or cognitive functioning;

Learn CBT to help clients in chronic pain;

Learn to use CBT in goal focused therapy;

Learn to use CBT in teaching skills and educating the client/family to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the client.

Learn to use CBT  with older adults toward productive aging;

Use CBT with older clients to help them maintain independence through living at home, participate in meaningful activities, and live fulfilling lives; 

Use CBT to help clients maintaining quality of life, ensure safety,  and utilize retained abilities.