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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): Essentials for Depression, Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder (L1)


Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an empirically-validated treatment that has been demonstrated to be highly effective for clients experiencing mood and anxiety symptoms.
This is a three-day, introductory-level course that provides an overview of CBT treatment strategies for working with clients experiencing depression, panic disorder and social phobia.  It presents a structure for how CBT can be used with clients to:
  • engage in effective case formulation and individualized goal-setting
  • implement effective behavioural strategies

The most essential elements of effective treatment are discussed in terms of how to implement each intervention strategy, while also considering the underlying rationale for the intervention and how to optimize treatment.


This course is appropriate for health care professionals, including:

  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • physicians
  • psychotherapists
  • counsellors
  • social workers
  • occupational therapists
  • nurses with direct client care responsibilities and who are interested in implementing CBT in their practice settings.
It is also suitable for individuals who want to gain a basic understanding of CBT (e.g., counselling and psychology students).



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-enrolment. 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.




It is expected that participants will have prior experience in counselling and mental health.  The program will not teach basic counselling and therapy.


The course qualifies as part of the University of Toronto's Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Certificate Program.
To qualify for the program, you will be required to complete all three courses in the CBT certificate program.  These must be taken (and all exams must be passed) within the same two-year accreditation cycle.

Frequently asked questions



The University of Toronto has designated this course as an accredited event and awarded with the following credits:
  •  Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: 19.0 Section 1 credits
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada: 19.0 Mainpro-M1 credits


University of Toronto

Course resources

  • Required reading: The book Mind Over Mood, co-authored by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky is included in the registration fee and will be provided on the first day of the course.
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