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Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Program Overview

The Post-Master's Certificate in Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a 18 session program taking place over two semesters.  The program begins with the foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches and quickly progresses to application of these techniques to issues commonly seen in clinical practice including: Depression, Transdiagnostic Anxiety (Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Panic, etc.), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and more.  "Third wave" CBT approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques are weaved into many of the sessions to enhance standard CBT practices.  This program will teach practical hands-on clinical skills to help practitioners better help their clients.

All the courses are taught by scholars/practitioners who are active in direct practice.  Sessions are very interactive and are taught with a variety of approaches including slides, handouts, worksheets, videos, case examples, role playing, experiential exercises, and facilitated discussion.

From the Director, Andrew B. Schmidt, PhD, LCSW-R

Program requirements

This certificate requires the completion of 18 sessions over the course of two semesters, taking place Monday evenings from 6:20 - 8:20 pm (dates below). Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.

2018-19 Program Calendar

Monday Evenings (6:20-8:20 pm)
Fall Semester Dates Spring Semester Dates
  • September 17
  • October 1, 15, 29
  • November 5, 19, 26
  • December 10, 17
  • January 14, 28
  • February 11, 25
  • March 11, 25
  • April 8, 15, 29

Program Highlights

Topics include:

  • Cognitive-based therapy approaches
  • Behavioral-based therapy approaches
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Thought diaries, identifying cognitive disorders, and using Dysfunctional Thought Records
  • Behavioral Activation
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques to enhance standard CBT practices

Continuing Education Contact Hours

  • This program has been approved for 36 CE credits.


New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.
NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this program will receive 14 continuing education contact hours.


New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.


To apply for this program, use the application link below. You will be prompted to create a user profile in order to begin the application. The Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy application requires you to submit the following supplemental documents:

  • Current CV/resume
  • Personal statement about why you are applying to this program
  • The name and contact information of one reference, who will receive a notification from the system to provide her or his letter of support

Application Deadline: This program has reached capacity. Please take a look at our other available programs for this year, or consider applying to this program next spring for Fall 2019-Spring 2020.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Guidelines

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to

Addressing Grievances:
Please see our Grievance Policy for information on our grievance and complaint procedures. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.