This interactive online course provides an orientation and overview of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). These skills are useful for clinicians in all practice settings across mental health, primary care, social work, psychology, and more.

Studies show that CBT is an effective treatment for many mental health conditions. This includes anxiety, depression and more.

This course is led by psychology experts who help you understand how and when CBT skills can enhance your clinical practice. They provide an introduction to basic techniques and core features of session structure. Course content also covers how to work with patients to engage them in treatment and set goals, how to use basic cognitive and mindfulness exercises, and how to use relapse prevention strategies.

The course includes an array of resources, videos and other materials to guide you through your learning experience. All content and assignments can be completed whenever your schedule allows. Weekly call-in times allow faculty to hear and respond to your questions directly, and an interactive discussion board lets you post your own questions and interact with peers from across the United States and around the world. Plus, the course is accessible via desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Course materials are available beginning on September 9, 2019, and all online course work must be completed by October 14, 2019.

Learning Objectives

Mental health professionals need to stay current with the latest treatment strategies. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is empirically-based, and training in cognitive and behavioral strategies makes clinicians more effective in helping their patients reach their treatment goals.

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • List the essential features of CBT
  • Describe the session structure used in CBT
  • Discuss how the pre-treatment assessment informs treatment planning
  • Describe how to collaboratively set CBT treatment goals with patients
  • Demonstrate how to use psychoeducation and case conceptualization with patients
  • Use mindfulness techniques with patients
  • Discuss the use of relaxation exercises in CBT
  • Design a plan for exposure plus response prevention with patients
  • Explain the concept of behavioral activation
  • Utilize cognitive strategies with patients
  • Discuss the use of relapse prevention strategies in CBT


Topics and faculty subject to change without notice.

Week 1

Conceptualization of Presenting Problems

Participants will be able to understand the following key elements:

  1. Describe the essential components of CBT.
  2. Explain the core features of treatment and session structure.
  3. Describe how the pre-treatment assessment informs treatment planning.
  4. Review how to collaboratively set treatment goals with their patients.

Week 2

Problem Solving and Mindfulness Strategies

Participants will be able to understand the following key elements:

  1. Recognize the importance of psychoeducation and Case Conceptualization.
  2. Use basic cognitive exercises.
  3. Demonstrate basic mindfulness exercises.

Week 3

Behavioral Exercises

Participants will be able to understand the following key elements:

  1. Demonstrate exposure and response prevention exercises
  2. Describe and apply behavioral activation
  3. Identify the role of relaxation exercises in CBT

Week 4

Advanced Cognitive Approaches

Participants will be able to understand the following key elements:

  1. Explain the role of advanced Cognitive Strategies.
  2. Discuss and apply Relapse Prevention.


  • Associate Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Program Director, The Bulfinch Program
    Clinical Psychologist, Home Base Program
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Postgraduate Psychology Education, MGH Psychiatry Academy
    Director, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Chief of Psychology
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

    Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry)
    Harvard Medical School

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General and family practice physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Residents
  • Fellows


Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $395.00
Other Professionals: $295.00

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be granted after September 16, 2019.

Q&A with Faculty

Week Start Date

Date of Q&A

Time of Q&A

Faculty Name

Week 1: 9/9/2019


12:00 PM

Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Week 2: 9/16/2019


11:00 AM

Susan Sprich, Ph.D

Week 3: 9/23/2019


1:30 PM

Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Week 4: 9/30/2019


12:00 PM

Susan Sprich, Ph.D.

Additional Online Courses

We offer several online courses on cognitive behavioral therapy that complement the course you are currently viewing.

View our online CBT course offerings

CME Information

Release Date: May 6, 2019
Expiration Date: June 10, 2019






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 13.25AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credits

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 13.25 continuing education credits for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at (244 CMR 5.00) for 13.25 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Work CE Credit Hours

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

This program has been approved for D71689 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization NumberD71689.



Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


David H. Rubin, MD,reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
Timothy J. Petersen, PhD
Susan E. Sprich, PhD,psychologist reviewer, moderator

Disclosure Information

In accord with the disclosure policy of McLean Hospital as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests of both themselves and their spouses/partners over the past 12 months, as defined below:

Commercial Interest

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Relevant financial relationships

ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
Royalties:Springer (for co-editing book)

Timothy J. Petersen, PhD
Royalties:Springer (for co-editing book)

Susan E. Sprich, PhD,Psychologist Reviewer, Moderator
Royalties:Oxford University Press (for co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (for co-editing book)

All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

Hardware/Software Specifications

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC:500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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