CBT Fundamentals (Part 1)



This 12-hour, three-module online workshop covers the essentials of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT has been shown to be effective for a wide array of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, and various medical conditions. This CBT course will provide participants with core CBT skills with a specific focus on both depression and anxiety disorders.

Module Date Time Credit*
1 Basic Principles of CBT Treatment, Assessment, & Session Structure April 25, 2022 (Mon) 5:00pm – 9:15pm EDT 4 hours
2 Cognitive Restructuring Techniques, Exposure & Behavioral Activation May 2, 2022 (Mon) 5:00pm – 9:15pm EDT 4 hours
3 Relapse Prevention and Therapy Termination May 9, 2022 (Mon) 5:00pm – 9:15pm EDT 4 hours

*Total continuing education credits for this course are equal to 12 hours.
Each 4-hour session includes a 15-minute break.

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Part 1 of this workshop series will focus on the general application of CBT, with a focus on teaching participants the basics of carrying out the therapy. Information will be presented in lecture format, with the supplemental use of role-play between participants, and video demonstration. Participants are encouraged to bring in an anonymous case summary for discussion. Ample time will be provided to review challenging cases and discuss helpful cognitive and behavioural solutions as a group.


After completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basics principles of CBT, assessment goals and session structure
  • Monitor therapy progress, prevent relapses, and prepare clients for termination
  • Utilize cognitive restructuring, exposure and behavourial activation techniques during sessions
  • Recognize and work with automatic thoughts, and core and intermediate beliefs in clients
  • Establish a strategy to conceptualize, formulate and approach CBT Cases


This foundational workshop targets health care professionals with basic therapy experience or knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), specifically those who are interested in learning how to implement CBT either as an adjunct to other treatment approaches, or within a broader healthcare context.

Dr. Karen Roberts is a registered psychologist in clinical psychology with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been her primary focus in her clinical training, particularly pertaining to the assessment and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Roberts also has experience utilizing CBT with other presenting issues such as trauma, low self-esteem, and perfectionism. Dr. Roberts completed her internship at London Health Sciences Centre where she conducted comprehensive psychological assessments and provided CBT to clients in both individual and group formats.

She also completed a practicum at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where she co-facilitated CBT groups for social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. She has received training in other therapeutic approaches including dialectical-behavioural therapy (DBT) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT), which informs her CBT practice.