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Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Institute: The Wisdom of the Seasoned Therapist (L3)



This is a three-day, advanced-level course that provides a practical, hands-on and in-depth skills training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).  Teaching methods include lecturettes, skills modeling and role-playing practice.  The class also reviews DVDs of expert therapists in action, and critiques those approaches in group discussions.  Expert therapists reviewed include:
  • Judy Beck, PhD (depression)
  • Michelle Craske, PhD (generalized anxiety disorder)
  • David Clarke, PhD (panic disorder)
  • Marsha Linehan, PhD (suicidality).

Topics covered in this course include:

  • dysfunctional reactions to patients
  • subtleties of the therapeutic alliance
  • overcoming challenges in setting goals
  • conceptualizing difficult patients
  • challenges in identifying and modifying cognitions
  • challenges in homework compliance

Required reading:

  • Beck, J.S. (2011). Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems:  What to do When the Basics Don't Work. New York: Guilford.
  • Please read this book before attending the course.

Please note: Class size is limited to 16 people.

Target audience

This course is for individuals who have complete the CBT introductory and intermediate-level courses.  Preference will be given those who completed these courses with CAMH.


Delivery method:  




Enrollment cancellations and refunds

  • A $100 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation
  • Refund requests by fax or email must be received two weeks before the course's start date
  • Course fees are not transferable
  • Cancellation/withdrawal notice must be communicated in writing by email.

Cancellation of courses

CAMH reserves the right to cancel any program due to under-enrollment.  CAMH also reserves the right to cancel any course due to work stoppages, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a course is cancelled, CAMH will refund only the course fee.




Greg Dubord, MD, is the Director of the Toronto Centre for Cognitive Therapy and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  He trained clinically under the founder of cognitive behavior therapy, Dr. Aaron T. Beck, and was the first Canadian to be certified by the Beck Institute.  Dr. Dubord a Founding Fellow and Certified Supervisor of the Academy of CBT, Founding Director of the University of Toronto’s Intermediate and Advanced CBT Institutes, and Director of the University of Toronto CBT Certificate Program. He facilitates CBT workshops internationally. 
Lance Hawley, Ph.D., C.Psych - Dr. Hawley is the staff psychologist for the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  His clinical work involves providing individual and group psychotherapy treatment to adult outpatients experiencing mood and anxiety disorders.  He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Hawley has provided training workshops and supervision to mental health professionals, primarily utilizing CBT and Mindfulness Based CBT (MBCT) approaches for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.  Dr. Hawley's clinical and research focus involves understanding factors which contribute to improved treatment response and symptom alleviation in cognitive behavioural therapy.

Judith Laposa, Ph.D., C.Psych - Dr. Laposa is the staff psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  Her clinical work focuses on assessment and cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety and mood disorders.  She completed her clinical training at the university and medical centers in Vancouver, Pittsburgh, and Toronto.  She has taught CBT to graduate students, physicians, and other health professionals, and supervises the implementation of CBT.  Her research interests focus on cognitive models of anxiety disorders, and mechanisms in treatment response to cognitive behaviour therapy.  Dr. Laposa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.


Satisfactory completion of two courses:
  • Summer Training Institute: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): Essentials for Depression, Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder (L1)
  • Intermediate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Institute: How to Become a Highly-Rated Cognitive Behavior Therapist (L2)
There is also a pre-course reading requirement (noted above).


This course qualifies as part of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Certificate Program from the University of Toronto

Frequently asked questions



Details will be posted on this page as soon as they become available.


University of Toronto

Course resources

Please note the reading requirement


May 26 - 28, 2016



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