Continuing Education

Adler Faculty of Continuing Education (formerly TAPE Studies) offers certificate programs that incorporate a case-based learning approach, encompassing theoretical discussion supported by real-life cases, scenarios, and role-playing. This approach allows participants experience with actual day-to-day challenges. 

Programs are designed to be interactive, offering participants an opportunity to engage in active discussions with both their peers and the instructor. The instruction goes beyond the application of cases, tying together theoretical models to everyday practice. 

All programs are developed and delivered by our extensive faculty of leading professionals and academics. 


Overview: This certificate programs offer a unique learning experience that emphasizes comprehensive understanding of the theoretical models of CBT, applied to specific clinical and demographic populations, with a solid grounding in real hands-on experience for each course. Each course is taught by clinical and academic experts in their fields to ensure that challenging questions and issues pertaining to each course can be competently addressed. The broad spectrum of our CBT certificate programs prepares clinicians to begin the process of implementing and practicing cognitive behavioural therapy, currently the number one evidence-based intervention applied to the largest number of settings, providing mental health services to children and adults who suffer from diagnosed disorders. 

ADLER offers three face to face certificates in CBT:

  • CBT-100 Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (36 hours - 3 modules)  
  • CBT-200 Adapted CBT Techniques for Diagnostic Populations (36 hours - 3 modules)
  • CBT-300A Advanced CBT Skills and Specialty Settings with Groups (36 hours - 3 modules)
  • CBT-300B Advanced CBT Skills and Specialty Settings with Children (36 hours - 3 modules)

Cost: $895 (HST included)
Each Certificate program is divided into 3 modules, each module can also be taken at any time to work towards completion of the entire certificate at $325 (HST included) per module.  Register for the entire certificate program (all 3 modules) to save $80.
ADLER's CBT certificates are approved for CE credits by CCPA.


Overview: The purpose of ADLER's certificate programs in Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) is to provide practitioners, both beginning and experienced, with a range of integrated learning opportunities reflective of the current state of knowledge and practice in the field of mental health & addictions on which they can build and renew their skills. 

ADLER offers three certificates in Mental Health & Addictions:

  • MHA-100 Fundamentals of Mental Health & Addictions (36 hours - 3 modules)
  • MHA-200 Essential Skills for Mental Health and Addictions Practice (36 hours - 3 modules)
  • MHA-300 Integrated Skills for Mental Health & Addictions Practice (36 hours - 3 modules)

Cost: $895 (HST included)

Students in the process of completing the previous Mental Health & Addictions program, or the previous Adult Mental Health and Child, Youth & Family Mental Health programs may transfer into this program. Please contact our registrar at for more details.


Overview:  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an intensive out-patient therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to treat chronically suicidal clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT has also been adapted to treat clients with addictions, eating disorders and other complex problems.  

Working with clients who experience these difficulties is extremely challenging for mental health and direct service professionals. DBT has proven to be effective in reducing suicidal, self-harm and other impulsive behaviours and to increase client engagement in therapy. DBT blends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with acceptance-based strategies stemming from Zen philosophy. A primary therapeutic task is to balance acceptance of the client with a focus on change. The structure of DBT includes four components: skills group, individual treatment, DBT phone coaching, and consultation team. During this training, participants will learn the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, the group and individual components and DBT skills from each of the four modules. 

This DBT-Informed Practice Certificate Program will include two days of theoretical foundations focusing on individual treatment, followed by two, two-day classes of applied learning using a standardized actor. To round out the program provided in the fall, there are two additional, two-day practice-based classes planned for the early winter term, to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to run DBT-informed groups, a modality of intervention increasingly being used by mental health agencies for its effectiveness in supporting clients with multiple, complex mental health issues.   

This program has to be completed in the sequence in which it is being offered. In providing this program, the ADLER faculty is intent on conveying to participants interested in integrating DBT techniques into their practices that this program does not provide certification to become DBT therapists. The “Certification of Individual Therapists” is the only treatment-developer-approved certification program in DBT® in the US and Canada; it is provided exclusively by the DBT®-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC). The entire process for certification can be found at

Completion of the ADLER DBT-Informed Practice Certificate Program provides the beginning steps toward certification and an opportunity to join existing DBT-Informed supervised practices in Ontario to continue learning and gaining experience in this technique.

  • DBT-100 Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (36 hours - 3 modules)  

Cost: $895 (HST included)

All 3 modules of the DBT Certificate Program must be taken in order.

Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience (MTER)

Overview: Research on Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI’s) are showing very positive outcomes for moderate mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.   The traditional 8 week MBCT and MBSR programs offered through hospital and community based health care settings can be very difficult to access for people who are suffering from more acute mental health problems or experiencing instability in their lives.  Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience (MTER) is a brief 4 week program developed at St. Michael’s Hospital to teach introductory mindfulness and emotion regulation skills to people struggling with mental health challenges with an emphasis on psycho-education and shorter meditation practices.  This group has helped patients learn mindfulness skills to use in their daily life and also prepare them to participate in longer, more intensive 8-10 week groups, if they so choose. Concepts from sensorimotor psychotherapy such as the window of tolerance and basics of neuroscience are taught within the program to help patients understand the importance of modulating arousal in order to stay well.

This 2-day training will emphasize experiential learning by leading participants through the 4 week MTER curriculum followed by group discussion on the experience.  There will be time for in-session practice teaching of exercises and guided meditations.

GOALS: This training initiative will introduce clinicians to mindfulness practices through experiential learning.  Participants will have the skills to use the MTER curriculum to support clients in their setting.  This training will provide an opportunity for clinicians to deepen their own mindfulness practice which will serve as a foundation for providing mindfulness based interventions with clients.

  • 2-day course in Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience (12 hours)

Cost: $299 (+HST)


This certificate program may be taken by health professionals who are allowed to perform the act of psychotherapy (psychotherapists, psychologists, doctors, nurses, social worker, or occupational therapists). 

Trauma psychotherapy strives to interpret and reframe the individual’s response to overwhelming situations, transforming maladaptive coping strategies into socially useful ones and to examine the resiliency of individuals by de-pathologizing them. Moving from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”. Many individuals who struggle with behavioural and emotional health issues have histories of trauma, but they often don’t recognize the significant effects of trauma in their lives; either they don’t draw connections between their trauma histories and their presenting problems, or they avoid the topic altogether. Likewise, treatment providers may not ask questions that elicit a client’s history of trauma, may feel unprepared to address trauma-related issues proactively, or may struggle to address traumatic stress effectively within the constraints of the work place, clinical orientation or personal level of comfort.

The definition of trauma is often misunderstood and misused. It is assumed that trauma refers only to terrible events, such as abuse, sexual exploitation, death, violence, etc. Trauma is not restricted to horrific experiences, it refers to any set of events that, over time, impose more pain than the individual can process and discharge. Professionals working with people, in any capacity, will be working with trauma. Each course will equip students with a trauma-informed framework that will serve as a critical guide for all future interactions with a variety of populations.

Introduction to Trauma Informed Care (36 hours)

  • AT-681 Foundations of Trauma Psychotherapy I
  • AT-685 Building on Trauma Psychotherapy II
  • AT-682 Intergenerational Trauma

Cost: $895 (including HST)

This certificate offers the student the opportunity to become immersed in the fascinating and cutting edge field of trauma informed therapy. Participants will be exposed to theory, research, and practical hands-on application providing rich clinical insight and highly sought after skills.


Online CBT

ADLER's online CBT Certificate program is a stand alone program for those that are not able to attend our CBT certificate in person in Toronto.

  • Beginning Practice: Cognitive Behavioural Foundations - Cost: $695+HST
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Intermediate Practice: CBT Applications 
  • A) CBT with Mental Health & Addiction - Cost: $695+HST
    • Prerequisite: Level 1
  • B) CBT Advanced Skills with Complex Mental Health - Cost: $695+HST
    • Prerequisite: Level 1 & Level 2A (or equivalents)
  • C) CBT with Families: Couples, Kids & Youth - Cost: $695+HST
    • Prerequisite: Level 1

CBT For Educators - Cost: $695+HST