CBT Training

November 10, 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South


  • Andrew B. Schmidt, PhD, LCSW, New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center
  • Marcia B. Kimeldorf, PhD, New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center


Taught using a variety of techniques including, slides, interactive lecture and discussion, presenter led demonstrations, videos, handouts, worksheets, interactive role plays, and small break out groups, this training will cover basic CBT skills including how to do a thorough case conceptualization, the identification of automatic thoughts, core beliefs, and cognitive distortions, the nuts and bolts of cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, relaxation and breathing techniques. Other cognitive tools (e.g. coping cards, thought diaries, and behavioral experiments) and the fundamentals of exposure therapy will also be reviewed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn theory of CBT;
  2. Learn CBT skills;
  3. Learn application of skills to clinical issues including: depression and anxiety; and
  4. Learn how to modify application of skills.



9:00 am – 9:10 am Check In
9:10 am – 9:40 am Overview of Cognitive and Behavioral treatment approaches
9:40am – 11:00am

Cognitive therapy: The Basics and Beyond

  • The ABC model of Cognitive Therapy
  • How to identify and respond to automatic thoughts and cognitive distortions
11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:45 pm

Intermediate and Core Beliefs

  • Putting it all together with the Cognitive Conceptualization Diagram
  • Using the DTR to create change
  • Additional cognitive techniques – downward arrow, coping cards, cognitive continuum
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch Break
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Behavior Therapy: What it is and how to use it
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Behavior Therapy in Action

  • Behavioral activation
  • Behavioral experiments
  • Exposure therapy, building a hierarchy and using the SUDS
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Additional Behavior Therapy Techniques

  • Positive Visualizations
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Progressive Muscle relaxation
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-up/Summary