Certificate Program in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for

Primary Care Physicians

Nowhere is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy more necessary than in the role of disease prevention and health promotion; the very essence of Primary Health Care!

With the alarming numbers of patients suffering from lifestyle diseases and mental health issues, the primary healthcare practitioner trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is uniquely positioned to help clients change unhelpful patterns of thinking or behaviours that contribute to maintaining or worsening their mental or physical health condition.

CBT is a treatment used in numerous physical and mental health conditions, including the management of essential hypertension, stress management, primary prevention of coronary heart disease, the management of chronic pain and fatigue, substance misuse disorders, primary dysmenorrhoea, primary psychological problems with diabetes mellitus, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, insomnia, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bulimia nervosa, functional disorders/ medically unexplained symptoms and more.  

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can be used across age groups (including children, young people, and older adults) in helping people become and maintain a higher level of health and functioning.  Participants in this program will acquire the knowledge and skills that will allow them (with the corresponding practice hours) to apply for clinical membership with The Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies - CACBT and/or the Academy of Cognitive therapy)

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 can register with a group of 8-10 associates and/or peers and expect to complete the entire program with that group. Alternately, you can register individually and work with people from across the country and beyond. Your groups learning 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, 5 Case Studies, and 10 Case Conceptualizations. You will have the option of creating two audio-taped examples of using CBT. You will have 3 group meetings with your online facilitator throughout the program.

American College of Physicians (May 2, 2016).

ACP recommends cognitive behavioral therapy

as initial treatment for chronic insomnia.

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

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is based on the Beckian model that thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected: thoughts influence feelings, and feelings influence actions (behaviour); Once activated, all components influence the other components. 
Is is consistent with primary care because it is brief and time-limited;
It calls for a solid therapeutic collaborative relationship that is likely already present between the primary care practitioner and the patient; 
It fits with primary healthcare because it is structured, and problem-focused.

CBT calls for for psycho-education which is already happening in the practitioner-patient relationship;
It relies on helping the patient structure time spent outside the practitioner's office (homework time) in helping the patient attain and maintain wellness.

There are few health care providers of any discipline who are not familiar with the term Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. More than four decades after its development by Dr. Aaron Beck, it has been validated by hundreds of research studies in numerous areas of health and wellness. While it is used extensively in the UK and parts of the US, it has yet to realize its potential as the useful tool that it is, especially in primary care. 

Our program is available online and is delivered by facilitators who are Diplomats with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. 

One common primary health problem seen by primary health providers is insomnia. In May, 2016, the American College of Physicians (ACP) announced that a new evidence-based clinical practice guideline was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, saying that  "Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is an effective treatment and can be initiated in a primary care setting." 

New Revised Program

October, 2018 Intake (Now Registering)

October 15, 2018 to February 27, 2019
$2200 (+HST):  "Early-Bird" Discount of $250 when registered and paid in

full before August 30, 2018

Non-Discount Registration Deadline when space available: September 14, 2018


To Register: Download, Complete, and Fax your Completed Registration Form to (519) 488-1061,
or Download, Complete, Scan, and Email to:

Imagine a busy primary care clinic where physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses are ACT or CACBT certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, a therapeutically efficacious and cost-effective treatment for numerous client problems. Imagine all primary care practitioners being "on the same page" in treating life style conditions such as obesity, alcoholism, and smoking and taking the CBT position that our emotional and behavioural responses to events or situations are impacted by what we think of the event (this perspective being influenced by our beliefs about ourselves, the world around us and what the future holds for us), and our thoughts then influence our actions (behaviours). These thoughts, feelings, and behaviours then continue to influence one another until interventions take place.  

Learn the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Model and its progressive advances in healthcare;
How to conduct a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Assessment and Case Conceptualization on clients with various problems and from various age groups; 
How to value the Therapeutic Collaborative Relationship in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy;
Learn to apply the CBT model in numerous common client conditions; 
Learn to adapt interventions for your own practice environmen

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