Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certificate Course

Proficiency in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an area of clinical expertise that remains in high demand in all areas of practice. Obtaining a certificate in CBT from a regionally accredited university will distinguish your resume as well as communicate to your clients and potential employers a level of sophisticated clinical acumen. This certificate program will extend CBT theory beyond the introductory graduate course level and provide the participant with the skills and knowledge to utilize CBT from a more advanced practice perspective.

Presenters Location CEUs
  • David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW
  • Laurie Patlin Suttenberg, DSW, LCSW-QS, DCSW
FAU Boca Raton Campus, Social Science Building, Room 112 30

This course is recommended for masters and doctoral level mental health professionals and students in their final internships. The program begins with grounding in the cognitive behavioral therapy model and accompanying theory. Emphasis is placed on learning to use the cognitive therapy model to specifically treat various issues and clinical disorders. Participants are taught how to apply cognitive therapy techniques in both psychotherapy practice, as well as in myriad other clinical practice settings such as schools, hospitals, medical settings, and substance abuse treatment centers.

The curriculum for the program is as follows:

Day 1: Review of the CBT Model and CBT for Depressive Disorders
Day 2: CBT for Trauma Related Disorders and CBT for Anxiety Disorders
Day 3: CBT for Personality Disorders and CBT for Autism
Day 4: CBT for Substance –Related and Addictive Disorders
Day 5: CBT for Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders and CBT for Couple and Family Therapy

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a frameable certificate.

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of each course unit participants will be able to:

  1. Apply the cognitive therapy case conceptualization and theory to the specific disorder covered in the course unit
  2. Implement specific CBT techniques when providing treatment in a myriad of social work settings
  3. Create treatment plans utilizing CBT theories and interventions
  4. Describe the DSM-5 categorical grouping as per the disorder discussed in the course unit
  5. Integrate CBT with other approaches to treatment


Course Offerings

Dates & Times Course Fee Early Bird Rates  
Past Course

May 6-10, 2024
9 am - 4 pm


Non-FAU: $850
FAU: $765*

(Ends 4/22/2024)

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Past Course

May 8-12, 2023
9 am - 4 pm


Non-FAU: $850
FAU: $765*

(Ends 4/24/2023)

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*A limited number of seats have been reserved for FAU Social Work students, alumni, faculty, Field Instructors and Coordinators. Please email the Professional Development Coordinator at to request the FAU Rate discount code.


About the Presenters:

Dr. Landsman-Wohlsifer is an LCSW (FL, NY, PA and WA) and FL and AASECT certified sex therapist, EMDR Certified Therapist, and has nearly 30 years of experience in clinical practice. Dr. Wohlsifer is the co-founder of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy in Boca Raton, FL, and on the faculty of Florida Atlantic University's School of Social Work. He was formerly a clinical faculty member and therapist at Center for Cognitive Therapy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and have extensive experience as a CBT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. He is also a Florida certified sex therapist.

Laurie Patlin Suttenberg, DSW, LCSW-QS, DCSW earned a doctorate in clinical social work (DSW) from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She holds an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Florida, New Jersey, and New York and is a diplomate in clinical social work (DCSW). She completed a two year post graduate training program in structural family therapy and person of the therapist with Harry Aponte, ACSW, in Philadelphia, and she has had extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy at the Ellis Institute in New York City. Dr. Suttenberg teaches BSW and MSW level courses as a member of the faculty at Florida Atlantic University’s Sandler School of Social Work.  She has a private practice and years of clinical experience and training.