CBTI Courses


Seminars are intended for doctoral level psychologists, physicians and terminal level master degree clinicians who have completed their own programs of study. CBTI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. All of our home study courses are provided to the consumer via digital download.


Cognitive Behavior Therapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cognitive Behavior Therapy Institute maintains responsibility for all of our programs and their content.

Upcoming Webinar: Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PDT


Jim McCullough developed Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy, or CBASP, to treat chronic depression. This treatment is based on the underlying theory that chronically depressed adults function at the pre-operational stage of cognitive development, having either not progressed further in the case of early onset depression, or having regressed in cognitive functioning in cases of late-onset depression. 

This workshop is designed to help you: 

  • Understand why treatment, as usual, tends to be ineffective in treating chronic depression.
  • Discern the mechanism of change and employ the two main interventions: Situational Analysis and Interpersonal Discrimination Exercise.
  • Conceptualize interpersonal behavior of chronically depressed patients in order to determine their stimulus value and adopt optimal interpersonal style to bring about change.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training. The cost is $29.95, and 1.5 CE credits are provided.

About the Presenter

Vanessa Hurwitz received her Ph.D. from Fuller School of Psychology and interned at VAMC, WA (Spokane & Walla Walla). She completed a fellowship in CBT at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she completed Dr. McCullough's CBASP training, received intensive CBASP supervision and provided training and supervision in the model. In addition, Dr. Hurwitz is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a practitioner of CBT and DBT at the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center. 

Recommended Reading

McCullough, J. P. (2003). Treatment for Chronic Depression: Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy. NY: Guilford Press.


A service charge of $30 is withheld from all refunds (refund in full if the conference is cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled). Refund request must be in writing and postmarked or faxed no later than one week prior to the event. 

Rebuilding Intimacy Through Acceptance - Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy


Couples often struggle with navigating differences and initiating positive behavioral changes in their relationship. Andrew Christensen, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will discuss Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT) and how it works towards the twin goals of acceptance and change through a behavioral treatment framework.

This workshop is designed to help you:

        • Distinguish IBCT from Traditional and Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy
        • Conceptualize themes and patterns in relationships
        • Understand IBCT strategies for resolving conflict and building intimacy

Andrew Christensen received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, interned at Rutgers University Medical School, and is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

He has published over 150 professional articles on couples conflict and therapy, with his research cited in various publications including the Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Christensen is co-author of the influential scholarly book, Close Relationships (Freeman, 1983, reprinted in 2002), authored Acceptance and Change in Couple Therapy:  A therapist’s guide for transforming relationships (1998, Norton) with Neil S. Jacobson, and most recently authored Reconcilable Differences (2000, 2014, Guilford) with Jacobson and Doss.  

With support from the National Institute of Mental Health, Christensen and Jacobson conducted the largest clinical trial ever done evaluating the impact of couples therapy, including Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT; http://ibct.psych.ucla.edu/) the couples therapy protocol they co-developed. 

In 2010, IBCT was adopted by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs as one of their evidence-based treatments. Additionally, with his former graduate student Dr. Brian Doss at the University of Miami and support from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Dr. Christensen has developed an online, internet-based therapy approach for couples based on IBCT (www.ourrelationship.com).

Click here to download a printable PDF flyer. 

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Managed Through Mind-Body Treatment


Recent statistics indicate up to 22% of the U.S. population reports symptoms consistent with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a functional bowel disorder defined as recurrent abdominal pain associated with altered bowel habits. Traditional medicine has had limited success in helping those suffering from IBS. Jayson Mystkowski, Ph.D., will discuss an IBS treatment protocol adopted from anxiety disorder treatments, providing an example of how mind-body treatments can help conditions that were once viewed as outside the realm of psychological intervention.

This Webinar is designed to help you:

  • Summarize IBS diagnostic information.
  • Recognize the extensive similarities between Panic Disorder and IBS, with specific focus on etiology, maintenance, and treatment. 
  • Apply CBT techniques from Panic Disorder treatment to clients suffering from IBS.

Click here to download a printable PDF flyer. 

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Strengths-Based Parenting Strategies that Work

Parents are often trying to juggle many demands at once, making
it difficult to always be thoughtful about the way they are
parenting their children. Lauren Shapiro, Ph.D., will focus on
evidence-based parenting techniques that amplify a child's
strengths, enhance the parent-child relationship, and teach
children contingencies: when they behave well, good things
happen; when they do not, there are logical, natural consequences.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Explain the role of emotional awareness and regulation
  • Create routines in the home and between parent-child
  • Assess dysfunctional vs. effective parenting strategies that enhance the parent-child relationship

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Gender minorities continue to be an under-served population, often presenting with previous/current harm(s) from healthcare providers, positive prognosis for therapeutic growth, and specific risk factors. Dr. Greg Stanford, Psy.D., WPATH will discuss the ethical and clinical considerations of working with transgender clients. Creating a safe environment, as well as identifying a practical level of competence regarding transgender issues will be presented. At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to: 

  • Negotiate the concerns of transgender oppression such as individual, cultural, and institutional
  • Identify non-medical transition (social transition) and medical transition (i.e., hormones and surgeries)
  • Apply appropriate therapeutic skills as they relate to gender minority stress

Dr. Greg Stanford, Psy.D., is a Licensed Psychologist with practices in Arcadia, Beverly Hills, and Cypress, California. He is a member of World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). He received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in 2009. He began his clinical training at Los Angeles LGBT Center (formerly Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center) in 2006.

His doctoral project consisted of a selective literature review of the harms, considerations, and need for affirmative therapy for survivors of sexual reorientation attempts, culminating in delivering a presentation to mental health professionals. He completed his postdoctoral internship at Ocean Park Community Center, providing services in shelter communities and with recently housed, formerly homeless individuals. Dr. Stanford has over 10 years of experience in serving the trans community.

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Melissa Magaro, Ph.D., provides an overview of CBT for Psychosis (CBTp). A treatment that addresses chronic and often debilitating psychotic spectrum illnesses characterized by hallucinations, delusional thinking, paranoia, and reduced social interaction and motivation. Specifically, participants will learn:

  • Individualized CBTp case formulation
  • Key methodology utilized in CBTp
  • Case management focused on empowerment and supportive recovery
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Biofeedback - An Adjunct Tool in Optimmal Patient Care


Dr. Megan Wagner, Ph.D., BCB will provide an overview of how biofeedback (BFB) can help clients self-regulate their physiological responses to stress, and how BFB can be used in combination with other treatments (e.g., psychotherapy, medication, physical therapy). Client responses measured include heart rate, heart rate variability, skin conductance, breathing rate, muscle tension, and peripheral blood flow. Research has found BFB to be an effective tool in the treatment of anxiety disorders, chronic pain, headache (migraine, tension, & mixed), hypertension, depression, motion sickness, Raynauld’s disease, TMJ, and others. 

Specifically, participants will learn:

  • The theoretical underpinnings of BFB
  • How specific populations interface with the technology
  • Integration of BFB into treatment planning and patient care

Dr. Megan Wagner received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2011 from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. While completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System she received specialized training in Clinical Health Psychology focusing on understanding and treating problems pertaining to the reciprocal relationship between psychological and physical health. Dr. Wagner is board certified in biofeedback therapy by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. 

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Conquering Insomnia: CBT-i Introductory Webinar


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) — the only scientifically proven non-drug insomnia treatment,” is now available for digital download. Dr. Joel Becker, Cognitive Behavior Associates will present this course as an introduction for clinicians and psycho-education for clients.

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Bipolar: What CBT Has to Offer


Dr. Joel Becker's Tele-seminar Bipolar: What CBT has to Offer  is now available for purchase for 1.5 Continuing Education credits, as well as to the general public.

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CBT for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Dr. Jayson L. Mystkowski's Tele-seminar CBT for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is now available for purchase for 1.5 Continuing Education credits, as well as to the general public.

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