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Beck Institute Certified Professionals will receive a signed certificate, have access to resources provided by Beck Institute, discounts on select Beck Institute offerings, and invitations to attend exclusive Beck Institute-sponsored events and webinars. In addition, certified professionals will be included in our public therapist directory and be eligible to receive clinical referrals from Beck Institute.
The Beck Institute CBT Certification program is designed for clinicians who are generalists or specialists in terms of their client populations and/or the conditions their clients present with. The four course requirements for the Beck Institute Certified Clinician level encompass the essential concepts and structure of CBT with consideration of the three most common conditions seen in the general population. The additional course requirements for the Beck Institute Certified Master Clinician level include advanced coursework on topics of the applicant’s choosing.
Individuals eligible for Beck Institute CBT Certification must have a terminal degree in a mental health or allied health field, have substantial clinical experience, be able to attest to a history of ethical practice, and be licensed and professionally insured (if required) to practice in their locale. For more information, please review the full list of prerequisites.
Yes! We welcome international applicants to Beck Institute CBT Certification.
Yes! We welcome applicants whose native language is not English. However, applicants should be able to read and write in English at the intermediate level.
There are three ways to take Beck Institute courses:
- Online courses—These are offered only in English, but we do offer subtitles for accessibility.
- We offer in-person workshops at Beck Institute in Philadelphia.
- Beck Institute faculty present CBT workshops directly to organizations around the world through our Training for Organizations Program. Several faculty members can present these trainings in various foreign languages.
Learn more about scheduling a Beck Institute workshop for your organization.
Supervision occurs via phone or video conference. In addition to English, it is available in the following languages: Cantonese, Danish, Farsi, French, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, and Thai.
Work samples for Beck Institute CBT Certification are reviewed by English-speaking faculty. You can record your work sample in another language and provide English transcripts or conduct and record sessions in English.
You will need reliable internet access. We use different platforms to communicate with participants, including:
- Our online courses, which have several technical requirements
- Phone calls or video conferencing through Zoom
- A private, password-protected file-sharing portal that Beck Institute provides to all trainees
- If you are an international applicant, please ensure that you can use these tools in your country.
No, Beck Institute CBT Certification is intended as a form of continuing education and assessment for licensed clinicians already practicing psychotherapy. You are not awarded a degree and our training does not confer license to provide therapy. Instead, our training helps clinicians achieve proficiency in providing CBT effectively and with fidelity to the evidence-based model.
To find out how to be licensed to practice psychotherapy in your area, check with the governing board of licenses in your region.
Beck Institute CBT Certification requires coursework and supervision designed by the Drs. Beck and based on the cognitive model as taught at Beck Institute. Individuals in our program will improve their skills in applying the core components of Beck Institute CBT, receive supervision from a CBT expert, and be evaluated on their CBT skills and conceptual understanding of the model. Our program raises the bar for excellence in CBT.
If you are already certified by another organization, you may still apply for Beck Institute CBT Certification.
Yes, the annual Student and Early Career Professional Workshop satisfies the CBT for Depression course requirement for Beck Institute Certified Clinician.
Yes. Essentials of CBT: The Beck Approach provides foundational CBT concepts, ensures adherence to the cognitive model in the practice of CBT as it is currently being taught, and helps us to establish consistency in excellence across a broad range of disciplines, settings and populations served. Feedback from past trainees–even those with high-level experience and expertise–is that our six- to eight-hour course is informative, engaging, and a worthwhile refresher and reorientation to the model.
Customized training provided through Beck Institute’s Training for Organizations (TFO) program will also count towards Beck Institute CBT Certification when it conforms to the topic, objectives, and hours required for certification. TFO training that departs significantly from the framework of the prerequisites will not be counted.
Yes. Each level of Beck Institute CBT Certification requires certain courses. Workshops onsite at Beck Institute and Beck Institute online training count toward these requirements.
Yes, past Beck Institute training that conforms to the hours and content focus of the certification coursework requirements counts toward Beck Institute CBT Certification.
All Beck Institute Certified Professionals are recognized as having achieved a high degree of proficiency in delivering CBT with fidelity to the model developed by Aaron T. Beck.
Beck Institute Certified Clinician (BICC) is the first level of Beck Institute CBT Certification. BICCs have completed significant training in treating the most common conditions seen in the general population and have demonstrated their competence in CBT.
Beck Institute Certified Master Clinician (BICMC) is the second level of Beck Institute CBT Certification. To progress to Beck Institute Certified Master Clinician, candidates must first be a Beck Institute Certified Clinician. BICMCs will have completed additional training and supervision in specialized areas and will have demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in CBT.
Beck Institute Certified Supervisor (BICS) is the third level of Beck CBT Certification. To progress to Beck Institute Certified Supervisor, candidates must first be a Beck Institute Certified Master Clinician. BICSs will have completed additional training and supervision specific to teaching and supervising CBT.
Beck Institute CBT Certification is valid for five years. After five years, Beck Institute Certified Professionals will be required to requalify. The recertification process ensures continued fidelity to the CBT model.