Full Course Description

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Course

This recording is a breakthrough Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certification Course to develop core competencies and transform your skills to achieve better therapeutic outcomes, even with your most challenging clients!

You will be able to utilize concrete strategies that will provide greater healing for your clients who suffer from:

  • Mood disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Anger
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Suicidality
  • PTSD
  • And many more challenging clients!

You’ll get effective clinical techniques from Leslie Sokol, Ph.D. an internationally recognized leader in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and formerly one of the principal instructors with the internationally acclaimed Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia. She will teach you how to master the art of applying CBT to a variety of clinical populations. Watch her for this revolutionary experience as she reveals the latest advances in CBT to get the skills you need to succeed!

Program Information


Master the Core Skills and Competencies of CBT

Foundations in CBT

  • Evolution of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
  • Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks
  • Outcome Studies

Offshoot Models

  • Third Wave Approaches
  • DBT
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
  • Schema Therapy

Treatment Concepts

  • Socialization to Treatment Model
  • Establishment of Problem lists and Goals

The Therapeutic Relationship

  • Establish Rapport
  • Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance

Cognitive Conceptualization

  • Case Formulation
  • Collaborative Empiricism
  • Sociotrophic and Autonomous Personality
  • Identifying Underlying Beliefs

Key Components of CBT Practice

  • Structure
  • Feedback
  • Guided Discovery
  • Collaborative Empiricism
  • Homework

Proficiency and Fidelity to the Model

  • The Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale

CBT for Mood Disorders, Anger, Anxiety, PTSD, Substance Abuse and Group Settings

CBT for Mood Disorders

  • Cognitive Model of Depression
  • Behavioral Activation
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Activity Monitoring & Scheduling Modify Negative Cognitions
  • Bipolar Disorder

Behavioral Activation

  • Assessment
  • Basic Principles
  • Scheduling

Cognitive Restructuring

  • Levels of Cognition
  • The Downward Arrow Technique
  • Identify & Evaluate Automatic Thoughts
  • Eliciting & Labeling Distortions

Application to Clinical Practice

  • Case Studies/Role Plays

CBT for Anger

  • Cognitive Model of Anger
  • Role of Values & “Moral Resistance”
  • Symptom Management

CBT for Anxiety

  • Model Overview
  • Appraisals and Restructuring Fear
  • Exposure Strategies

Specific Anxiety Disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Interoceptive Strategies
  • OCD
  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Metacognitive Strategies
  • Behavioral Experiments


  • Prolonged Exposure
  • Cognitive Reprocessing
  • Trauma Narratives

CBT for Substance Abuse

  • Impulse Control Models
  • Monitor Cravings & Resist Urges
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Application to Clinical Practice
  • Case Studies/Role Plays

Group CBT

  • Basic Principles
  • Video Demonstration

Difficult Cases, Cluster B & C Personality Disorders

Overview of CBT for Challenging Cases

  • Why are they challenging
  • Adaptations in CBT
  • Modified Expectations for the Therapist

Treatment Model

  • Early Maladaptive Schemas
  • Breaking Destructive Behavioral Cycles
  • Belief Modification Protocol

CBT for Cluster B Personality Disorders

  • Antisocial
  • Narcissistic
  • Histrionic
  • Borderline

CBT for Cluster C Personality Disorders

  • Modifying Avoidant Schemas and Strategies
  • Changing Dependent Beliefs and Behaviors
  • OCPD: Interventions and Strategies

Please Note: PESI is not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations.

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Mental Health Professionals


  1. Apply evidence-based CBT techniques to multiple symptom sets to improve treatment outcomes.
  2. Choose methods for conducting CBT psychoeducation to elicit “buy in” from difficult clients.
  3. Point out, challenge and modify clients’ dysfunctional self-talk, thoughts and core beliefs to improve client level of functioning.
  4. Develop case conceptualization skills for treating DSM-5® diagnosis with CBT informed strategies.
  5. Implement rapport-building tools to improve the therapeutic alliance and client engagement.
  6. Evaluate behavioral activation strategies useful for improving treatment resistant depression.
  7. Develop strategies for treating depressive relapses to improve to improve client level of functioning.
  8. Implement cognitive behavioral methods to reduce intrusive, obsessive compulsive thoughts.
  9. Integrate strategies for impulse control to treat clients with substance use-disorders.
  10. Provide exposure and cognitive processing interventions to treat symptoms of PTSD and trauma.
  11. Utilize cognitive reprocessing for clients with PTSD in order to improve treatment outcomes.
  12. Implement CBT-informed symptom management strategies for personality disorders.
  13. Articulate the role of early maladaptive schemas in developing and maintaining chronic mental health conditions.
  14. Utilize schema-based strategies for breaking lifelong destructive behavioral cycles in clients.
  15. Determine eight motivations for parasuicidal behaviors and how to effectively intervene for each motivation.
  16. Determine how family dynamics are affected by an individual with Borderline Personality Disorder and identify strategies for improving family communication.
  17. Implement suicide assessment skills and compose accurate documentation in order to minimize risk and liability.
  18. Develop strategies to increase buy in with clients with substance abuse disorders.
  19. Determine the demanding imperative of anger and replace with more helpful preferences to improve treatment outcomes.
  20. Determine and differentiate the meanings given to unfulfilled demanding expectations as a strategy to reduce hurt and fear.
  21. Implement cognitive behavioral strategies in a group.
  22. Utilize techniques to enhance individual participation in group therapy.
  23. Develop a comprehensive understanding of clients through the lens of the cognitive model.
  24. Determine the specific cognitive content of fear associated with individual anxiety disorders.

Copyright : 10/02/2018

Bonus: Building Self-Esteem in Youth

Program Information

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Mental Health Professionals


-Cognitive Conceptualization of Self-Doubt

-Tools to gain self-confidence

-Replacing ineffective action with effective action

-Sustaining and growing self-confidence


  1. Apply evidence-based CBT principles to building self-confidence in youth to improve treatment outcomes.
  2. Communicate a youth cognitive conceptualization of their self-doubt in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  3. Utilize effective behavior strategies for youth related problems to improve client level of functioning.

Copyright : 05/28/2019

Bonus: CBT For Couples

Program Information

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Mental Health Professionals


  • Assessment of Couples Problems
  • The cognitive model of couple dysfunction
  • Building intimacy, communication, companionship
  • Using marital questionnaires for assessment, intervention, and outcome


  1. Apply evidence-based CBT principles for repairing and fortifying relationships.
  2. Analyze couples’ problems from a CBT perspective in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  3. Utilize clinical strategies to identify and manage distorted thinking patterns in couples. 

Copyright : 06/13/2019