Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is one of the most globally validated, recognized, and recommended models of treatment for mental health and health disorders. Targeting neuropathway changes in the brain, CBT has been shown in thousands of studies to significantly improve mental health and health issues like mood disorders, PTSD, public health such as obesity and smoking cessation, and subclinical such as perfectionism and shame. CBT provides concrete techniques and interventions to help people change their thoughts, behaviours, and lives. In Canada, federal and provincial attention is now being placed on providing CBT as the best practice intervention for structured psychotherapy programs. Our CBT program is comprised of a variety of learning options that will help you stay current in your CBT knowledge and provide you with opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills in your practice.


Our innovative CBT certificate will give you the skills, confidence, and knowledge to bring this therapeutic model to your work, and empower you to help others transform their lives. You must complete a Level I course and a Level II course to receive the certificate.

Level I
Fundamentals of CBT
· Sacred Circle CBT
· CBT for Nutrition and Sports
· CBT for Educators
· CBT for Chronic Illness
Level II
· CBT for Anxiety Disorders and Depression (formerly CBT for Mental Health Disorders)
· Essentials of CBT with Children and Youth
· CBT for Trauma
· CBT for Addictions
· CBT for Women’s Reproductive Mental Health

Upon completion of the Laurier CBT certificate, you may take any of the other Level II CBT courses for a 50% discount. Email to request a discount code.

See the CBT certificate page for course descriptions, upcoming dates, and registration.


The need for high-quality CBT and CBT supervision is increasing. With its unique integration of relevant practical, theoretical and philosophical topics, this unique masterclass will help you develop your supervisory practice and meet societal needs. The class will challenge you to enrich and enliven your practice through lectures, readings, small group discussion, self-practice/self-reflection, and active learning.

The masterclass also includes the rare opportunity for you to receive supervision of your supervision! Following the completion of the lectures, you will participate in small group consultations led by the course facilitator. These consultations will allow you to truly integrate, synthesize and bring your learning to life.

All CBT masterclass instructors meet supervision qualifications as set out by the OCSWSSW and CRPO and are certified with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and/or the Canadian Association of CBT.

See the CBT certificate page for course descriptions, upcoming dates, and registration.


Whether you’re looking to hone your CBT skills or for an introduction to what CBT can offer you as a skill set, we’ve created a series of CBT Boot Camps to meet your needs. Some foundational CBT knowledge is required as these boot camps will not provide an overview of the basics of CBT.

The 2021/22 CBT Boot Camps are:
· CBT for Psychosis
· Advanced CBT for Depression
· CBT for Anxiety (GAD, OCD, Panic Disorders)
· CBT for Suicide Prevention
· CBT for Insomnia
· CBT for Posttraumatic Growth

See the CBT boot camp page for descriptions, upcoming dates, and registration.


Hot topics in mental health are constantly emerging and evolving. Staying current in your knowledge and contributing to community conversations and support is critical to professional and personal development. Each year from September to June we will offer CBT Lunch and Learns. These 90-minute sessions will include a 60-minute presentation on a current trend, topic, or issue in mental health followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

The 2021/2022 theme for the CBT Lunch and Learns is “The Cost of COVID and CBT Tips for Recovery.” The monthly topics are:
· The Cost of COVID-19 and Launching into Post-Pandemic Growth
· Coping with Caregiver Burnout
· Managing the Rise of ADHD – Vision and CBT Suggestions
· The Gift of Great Sex – CBT Tips for Improving Sexual Intimacy
· Using Strategic Pause and Reflective Rumination to Boost Your Mental Health
· Managing Health Anxiety in a Post-Pandemic World
· Mind-Body Connections for Improved Health and Wellness
· Battling Loneliness
· Tips for Decreased Social Anxiety
· PRIDE and Mental Health

See the CBT lunch and learn page for descriptions, upcoming dates, and registration.


Join other CBT practitioners and learners for CBT Supervision and Consultation Groups. During these two-hour sessions, your CBT instructor will spend the first hour presenting the latest research and best practices about the topic being discussed. The second hour of the session will be a case presentation and review. Cases will either be presented by a group member or the instructor. Use this opportunity for peer support, innovative learning, leadership development in your area of expertise, and acquisition of supervision hours.

CBT Supervision and Consultation instructors meet supervision qualifications as set out by the OCSWSSW and CRPO and are certified with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and/or Canadian Association of CBT.

See the CBT supervision and consultation groups page for descriptions, upcoming dates, and registration.

We are a proud partner with Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work in offering our CBT Certificate and Training

Laurier University Mental Health

We have proudly worked with the following agencies to provide teaching and training:

Halton School Board Mental Health Niagara School Board Mental HealthGrand River Hospital Mental HeatlhChippewas of RAMA First Nation Mental Health

youth services mental health

We also offer Teaching and Training through McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and our instructor Thomas Brown, MSW Registered Social Worker has been awarded McMasters KW and Area Teaching in Excellence Award.

McMaster University Mental Health CBT



Qualia Counselling Services strives to unlock human potential and alleviate suffering through culturally responsive, evidence-based psychotherapy and training. We specialize in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and strive to use this paradigm in a way that is culturally humble, flexible, and creative. Qualia’s core values of professional excellence, authentic community, strength of character, and the alleviation of suffering influence all we do and guide us as we move forward. At Qualia, we serve clients throughout the life span and see clients individually, in couples, dyads, families, and groups. Many of our clients deal with issues like depression, anxiety, and stress as well as more complex issues like OCD, bipolar disorder, trauma, personality disorders, etc.

Students who are accepted into Qualia’s practicum placement will have access to:

  • weekly supervision meetings
  • peer supervision opportunities
  • extensive CBT resources.

Throughout the placement, students will have the opportunity to engage in clinical work in individual and group contexts as well as completing project work such as engaging in research, the development of groups and/or presentations, and CBT skills development. Qualia’s practicum placement also has a strong focus on self-reflection & self-practice.

Students in Qualia’s practicum placement are expected to be strong adult learners who can take initiative in identifying their learning needs and collaboratively direct their practicum experience. Learners at Qualia are expected to be able to give and receive constructive feedback and openly engage in experiential learning cycles to develop their clinical competencies.

Student Recruitment Process

  • Submit Resume & Cover Letter to (Preferably submitted by end of April)
    •  Advanced standing students preferred
    • Completion of CBT level I an asset
  • Interview
    • Reference Check
  • Submit Clinical Writing Sample
    • Case Formulation
    • Clinical Note
    • Assessment
  • Mock clinical assessment with a mock client
    • Virtual or in-person complete a mock assessment following the biopsychosocial spiritual assessment provided by Qualia
  • Meet and Greet with Potential Supervisor

We also offer Field Instruction in partnership with the following Universities & Colleges:

Laurier University Mental HealthRenison Mental Health InstructionYorkville Mental HealthSheridan Mental Health


It Gets Better

Don’t wait to get help. Qualia’s team of professional psychotherapists & psychologists are available to support you. We use proven techniques to help you see real change in your life.

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