Educational Programs for Mental Health Professionals

Busy therapists face many demands these days. Clients want (and deserve) effective treatment for complex problems. Insurance companies ask us to provide short-term treatment and to demonstrate “medical necessity.” Agencies want us to maintain a hefty caseload with high levels of client satisfaction. In addition, we’re expected to be knowledgeable about evidence-based treatment. Many therapists want to cope with these challenges by updating their skills and obtaining advanced clinical training but they need training that is flexible and focused on clinical practice. 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 in CBT That
You Can Complete on Your Own Schedule
Via Distance Education

Starting October, 2022

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. Like a podcast, you can listen to the audio when convenient. Unlike a podcast, the audio is integrated with readings, online video and resources, experiential exercises, and an online discussion forum to provide in-depth training in CBT. You can complete the program on your own timetable and take longer than the 10 months if you prefer.

Your board may well accept this program without additional paperwork since we are approved by APA, NASW, NBCC, and NAADAC.

For more information, download the brochure and registration form or contact James Pretzer, Ph.D. (ClinicalPracticeofCT@gmail.com)

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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. (ClinicalPracticeofCT@gmail.com).

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. (ClinicalPracticeofCT@gmail.com).

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. (ClinicalPracticeofCT@gmail.com).

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. (ClinicalPracticeofCT@gmail.com)

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. (ClinicalPracticeofCT@gmail.com).

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