Educational Programs for Mental Health Professionals

Today's psychotherapist faces major challenges. There is increasing pressure to provide effective short-term psychotherapy but many therapists were trained only in long-term treatments. At the same time, new clinical problems are emerging, such as eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, and new advances are being made in the treatment of previously refractory problems such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. With the rapid changes that have been occurring, it is difficult for the practicing clinician to keep up with new developments. The Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy offers a variety of Continuing Education programs designed to meet the needs of today's practitioner. These range from brief workshops and seminars to a ten month intensive training program in Cognitive Therapy

Intensive Training Program
Both Distance Education & Face-to-Face Options
Starting October, 2016

The Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy is an intensive training program designed to meet the needs of practicing professionals in Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Counseling. It consists of a sequence of four seminars, totaling 69.5 contact hours, which are offered over a period of ten months. The seminars cover both the basic principles of Cognitive Therapy and the application of these principles in complex clinical situations. They combine didactic presentations, demonstrations, practice in the use of Cognitive techniques, and consultation regarding the application of Cognitive Therapy in clinical practice. The program has been presented continuously since 1986. The Distance Education program has included participants from 30 different countries. Successful completion of this program satisfies the didactic requirements for certification by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

The face-to-face version of the program will meet in Cleveland, Ohio.

For more information, download the brochure and registration form or contact James Pretzer, Ph.D. (jimpretz@sbcglobal.net).

To see detailed course objectives, click here.

Want to see what participants think of the program? Download an unedited summary of participant's evaluations of the first term of a recent Distance Education program.

Join Us on the Internet

James Pretzer, Ph.D. is a Consulting Editor at Behavior OnLine where he moderated the Cognitive Therapy forum for years and now contributes blog posts. To read his blog posts go to http://behavior.net/author/jpretzer/ and to visit the archives of the Cognitive Therapy forum point your web browser to http://behavior.net/forums/cognitive/.


The Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy presents workshops sponsored by a variety of organizations locally, regionally, and nationally. Previous programs have included general workshops on Cognitive Therapy as well as workshops on more specific topics such as the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, self-mutilation, marital dysfunction, noncompliance, and medical applications of Cognitive Therapy. Sponsors have included national and international organizations including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the New England Educational Institute, the Mayo Clinic, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Fachklinik Bad Durkheim (Germany). Regional organizations that have sponsored programs include University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, West Side Community Mental Health Center, Ohio Department of Mental Health, South Shore Counseling Group (Clymer, NY), Brecksville VA Medical Center (Brecksville, OH), Highland Drive VA Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA), and the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. We would be pleased to develop a program tailored to the needs of your group or organization. For more information contact James Pretzer, Ph.D. (jimpretz@sbcglobal.net).

In-Service Training

Our staff can design in-service training programs tailored to the needs of a particular organization. Programs which we have presented range from brief didactic presentations to extended training programs which include experiential exercises, case consultation, and planned follow-up. Topics have included principles of short-term counseling, Cognitive Therapy of depression, outpatient treatment of substance abuse, and dealing with borderline personality disorder. Groups for whom we have provided in-service training have included community mental health centers, hospital psychiatry departments, alcohol treatment programs, and private practices. For more information contact James Pretzer, Ph.D. (jimpretz@sbcglobal.net).

Consultation in Cognitive Therapy

We offer both individual and group consultation to mental health professionals. Consultation can be scheduled a single session at a time or can be scheduled on a weekly or monthly basis. Consultation sessions can be general case consultation or can focus on specific topics or issues that are of interest to you. We also offer consultation in the form of a "second opinion" in which we conduct an evaluation and provide treatment recommendations for a client for whom you will continue to provide treatment. For more information contact James Pretzer, Ph.D. (jimpretz@sbcglobal.net).

Custom-Designed Distance Education

If your organization wishes to offer distance education programs via Internet, intranet, or video-conferencing, we can develop such programs for you or can provide consultation regarding the design and implementation of such programs. For more information contact James Pretzer, Ph.D. (jimpretz@sbcglobal.net)

The Center for Cognitive Therapy can come to you!

Having the Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy present a training program at your location may be more affordable than you expect. If your group, agency, or organization has 20 professionals interested in attending the program, it may well be less expensive to have us come to you than to have each person travel to continuing education programs separately.

If you are interested in sponsoring a workshop which is open to members of the mental health community, the registration fees you receive may well cover the cost of the workshop as well as providing your organization with valuable publicity. We will be happy to provide advice on organizing and publicizing workshops for mental health professionals. For more information contact James Pretzer, Ph.D. ( jimpretz@sbcglobal.net ).

Other Educational Opportunities

We also can offer:

  • Custom-designed programs tailored to the needs of your organization.
  • In-depth training programs which provide more extensive training than is possible in a one- or two-day workshop.
  • Extended consultation or supervision (in-person or via the internet) following training programs.
  • Consultation regarding educational design.
  • Written, audio-visual, or internet-based educational materials for use by your organization.

For more information, contact James Pretzer, Ph.D. (jimpretz@sbcglobal.net).

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