3 Day Intensive: Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Presented by Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

On-Demand | Available Now


18 Hours  |  Pre-approved for 18 CEUs


This On Demand course and will be available after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until July 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on June 1, 2021. 

Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy is considered the “gold standard” treatment for many psychological
conditions most commonly seen in the clinical setting. Despite it’s strong evidence base, many
practitioners have gone a more “integrative” route and surprisingly few have developed the advanced
expertise needed to deliver the most in-demand treatment effectively on a regular basis to a clientele that often remains “stuck.”

If this describes you, don’t miss this opportunity!

Join international CBT trainer and expert Dr. Jeff Riggenbach, for this three day intensive breakthrough course that will help you hone your skills, equip yourself to confidently deal with even your most challenging cases, and reignite your passion to the work you once loved.

You will be able to utilize concrete strategies that will provide greater levels of healing for clients that

suffer from:

  • Depression – related disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • PTSD
  • Anger problems
  • Substance use disorders
  • Cluster B disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • and many more!

Leave this course chock full of practical tools and techniques that you can implement with your clients the very next day!

Online Course Format

  • 18 CEUs
  • 18 Hours of content
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.

Day 1: Mastering Core competencies and fundamental strategies

Foundations in CBT

  • Rationale for techniques and approach
  • Neurobiological findings
  • Outcome studies

Treatment Concepts

  • Socialization to minimize client dropout rates
  • Emotional schemas
  • Understanding levels of cognition
  • Behavioural pattern breaking for disrupting lifelong destructive cycles

Offshoot Models

  • “Third Wave” approaches
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance & commitment therapy ACT)
  • Schema Therapy

Cognitive Conceptualization

  • Case formulation
  • Collaborative empiricism
  • Individualized, theme based treatment planning and documentation

The Therapeutic Relationship

  • Establishing rapport
  • Dealing with ruptures in the therapeutic alliance
  • Predictive of treatment outcome

Essential Strategies for your Toolbox

  • Labeling distortions
  • Types of cognitive interventions
  • Identifying and evaluating automatic thoughts
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Perspective taking
  • Continuums
  • Examining likelihood
  • Behavioural experiments
  • Evidence logs
  • Modifying Core Beliefs

Application to clinical practice

  • Structure of a CBT session
  • Collaborative agenda setting
  • Booster sessions
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy


Day 2: CBT for Everyday Issues of Clinical Concern

Disorders Formerly known as Mood Disorders

  • Cognitive model of depression
  • Behavioural activation
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Activity monitoring and scheduling
  • Gratitude and meaning
  • Schema modification
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Safety planning


  • The cognitive model of anger
  • Dealing with violence and aggression
  • “Moral resistance,” acceptance, and Values – based living

Anxiety Disorders

  • The cognitive model of anxiety
  • Metacognitive tools for GAD
  • Exposure based work with phobias
  • Interoceptive strategies for treating panic disorder
  • Schema based journaling for amplifying change


  • CBT for treating trauma
  • Psycho education and the neurobiology of trauma
  • Recognizing the symptoms of PTSD
  • Trauma narrative work
  • “Moral injury“ and restructuring cognitions feeding guilt and shame
  • Interventions for recurring nightmares
  • Cultivating resilience

The Cognitive Model of Addiction

  • Substance use disorders in behavioural “addictions”
  • Building motivation, Managing urges & developing self-control
  • Cognitive behavioural chain analysis
  • Addict letters, cognitive cue cards and coping cards

Relapse Prevention

  • Recognizing the signs of setbacks and doing relapse prevention work
  • Episode management and the road to recovery
  • Developing Relapse prevention plans


Day 3: Personality Disorders and other Challenging Cases

Treatment vs Symptom Management

  • Putting out fires versus fire prevention
  • Early maladaptive schemas
  • Behavioural pattern breaking

Why was there ever an “axis II”???

  • Distinguishing characteristics
  • “Ego-syntonic” nature of PDs
  • Talking about the diagnosis in a way that minimizes quiet resistance

Treatment Principles

  • The role of the therapeutic relationship
  • Duration of treatment
  • Getting to the “root” of the problem

Paranoid PD

  • Building trust
  • Considering alternative explanations
  • Managing Anger

Histrionic PD

  • Getting needs met in more appropriate ways
  • Targeting flirtatious behaviours
  • Expanding sense of self worth

Antisocial PD

  • Psychopathy and lack of remorse
  • The role of attachment
  • Dealing with rule – breaking behaviours

Narcissistic PD

  • Subtypes of narcissism
  • Schema mode work
  • Empathic confrontation and utilization of leverage

Borderline PD

  • Understanding BPD in Everyday language and learning to talk so clients can hear!
  • Differential diagnosis – “complex PTSD, bi-polar disorder and more!
  • Motivations NSSI and symptom- targeted and crisis strategies for each

Advanced Strategies

  • Complex chain analysis
  • Integrated DBT/Schema case study
  • Mode dialogues and restructuring early assigned meaning

Wrapping Up

  • Q & A
  • Summary of learning & dismissal
  1. Apply evidence-based CBT techniques to multiple symptom sets.
  2. Illustrate methods for conducting CBT psychoeducation to elicit “buy in” from most difficult clients.
  3. Detect, challenge and modify dysfunctional self-talk, thoughts and core beliefs.
  4. Develop case conceptualization skills for treating any DSM-5® condition.
  5. Measure three cutting-edge uses of technology to improve treatment outcomes.
  6. Implement rapport-building tips and tools to improve client relationships.
  7. Summarize key behavioural activation strategies useful for alleviating treatment resistant depression.
  8. Develop and put to practical use in-session strategies for treating depressive related disorders.
  9. Implement cognitive behavioural methods to overcome intrusive, obsessive compulsive thoughts.
  10. Illustrate key strategies for impulse control used to treat substance use-disorders.
  11. Illustrate exposure and cognitive processing interventions used for treatment PTSD and trauma.
  12. Utilize nightmare re-scripting for clients with PTSD.
  13. Measure symptom management strategies for personality disorders.
  14. Apply DBT skills training for borderline personality disorder.
  15. Summarize the role of early maladaptive schemas in maintaining chronic conditions.
  16. Utilize schema-based strategies for breaking lifelong destructive behavioural cycles.
  17. Summarize eight motivations for parasuicidal behaviours and how to effectively intervene for each motivation.
  18. Discuss how family dynamics are affected by an individual with borderline personality disorder and discover how to improve family communication.
  19. Acquire suicide assessment skills and learn how to document to minimize liability.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D., is an award-winning and best-selling author who has devoted the first 17 years of his career to developing and implementing Cognitive Behavioural – based treatment programs in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has conducted CBT trainings in all 50 United states as well as Mexico & New Zealand. He Serves as faculty for educational institutes in Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the UK. Although he trained with the prestigious Beck institute of Cognitive Therapy and research, he has become known in the industry as the “practical tools guy.” Most importantly, he has used CBT with his clients in individual and group settings for 20 years, and will leave you with easy to implement strategies you can use with your clients the very next day!

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$619.00N/A
Full-Time Student$489.00N/A

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