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Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Fundamentals

Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Fundamentals - Deb Dobson

Feb. 02 - March 08, 2023 (Blended Online and In-Person)
Dr. Deb Dobson
FSW 251 - 003, In-Person
Price: $1045

Improve your employability and enhance client outcomes with this practice and skills-based certificate for mental health professionals!

CBT involves a complex set of conceptual and practical skills, which are integrated to promote optimal client health and personal change.  This intensive and experiential 30-hour program focuses on the fundamentals of CBT, including assessment, case conceptualization, practical tools and techniques.

Delivered in a blended format with both in-class and online components, the course is best suited to practicing mental health professionals (social workers, psychologists, nurses, family physicians) who have basic interviewing and psychotherapy skills as well as some knowledge regarding psychiatric diagnosis.  Successful participants will complete two practical assignments as well as a take-home examination. 

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Deborah Dobson has been a practitioner of cognitive behavioural therapy for many years.  An Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Calgary and was the Director of Clinical Training for the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency Program in the Adult Sector of Alberta Health Services. She was Chair of the Accreditation Panel with the Canadian Psychological Association until 2022 and is a Fellow in a number of organizations, including the Canadian Association of CBT and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. In collaboration with Keith Dobson, she published Evidence Based Practice of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, which is considered one of the most helpful overviews of CBT for mental health practitioners.


Daring Way™

Daring Way™  - Alisha Datoo

Daring Way™

Saturday, Feb. 11 & Sunday, Feb. 12 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day; In-person)
Alisha Datoo, Certified Daring Way Facilitator
FSW 114–004, Class Intensive
Price: $345

Using the principles behind the empirically based training and certification program developed by Dr. Brené Brown, Alisha Datoo returns to demonstrate how shame and vulnerability can cause the use of armor such as numbing, perfectionism and shame shields. Collectively, these can lead to disconnection and exacerbate many mental health challenges which clinicians see in clients. Through this course, you will also be able to teach clients how to move closer to authenticity using the core value and marble jar frameworks. Alisha will also guide you through the five components of empathy and three components of self-compassion, as tools to aid in connecting with, and modeling for clients going through adversity.

​Please note:  This is FACE to FACE on Saturday, Feb 11 and Sunday, February 12 from 10 – 4 p.m. each day.  Bring your own lunch.  

All of our courses carry Continuing Education Unit credits for professionals.


If a registrant withdraws from this course 7 or more business days prior to the start date of the workshop, the registrant will receive a full refund. No refunds on withdrawals 6 business days or less.

We reserve the right to limit registration in any program, to make changes to any print or electronic material and to cancel any program offering. If it is necessary to cancel a program because of insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be issued.

1. Some of the courses seem to have a different registration?
Yes, we are transitioning to a new registration tool with the courses starting in 2020.  However, the courses that are happening in 2019 still has the old registration system.  The new system is called Destiny One.  Please click here for FAQs on the new system,  

2. What happens if the organizers cancel a workshop?
We reserve the right to limit registration in any program, to make changes to any print or electronic material and to cancel any program offering. If it is necessary to cancel a program because of insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be issued or if wanted, a credit will be given toward registration in another program (if space is available).

3. Do I get Continuing Education Unit credits if leaving early or coming late during a workshop?
The workshops carry CEU credits for professionals.  In order to receive the credits, full attendance is required at the face to face workshops and in case of online courses, the requirements are listed on the website.  The Certificate of Participation will be provided at the end of workshops. Those leaving early or coming late will forfeit the Certificates. Normally, no partial credits are available.  In exceptional circumstances, partial credits may be provided if advance approval is sought in writing

4. What happens to to my personal information collected during registration process?
University of Calgary operates under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Your information will be used towards the education program that you have signed-up for and to provide you update information on similar education offerings.  For further information, please contact us at 403-220-2866 or