Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Online CE Course Newly Updated at HealthForumOnline

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HealthForumOnline (HFO) has updated its online continuing education (CE) course, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Mindfulness and Other Core Mechanisms, in their library of over 105 online CE activities for mental health professionals. Psychologists, social workers, and counselors can explore the foundation of CBT/DBT from a theory- and evidence-based perspective, basic associated techniques, including mindfulness skills, as well as ways to clinically apply CBT/DBT in a variety of healthcare contexts.

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When practiced routinely, CBT/DBT strategies promote acceptance and change, thereby directly and indirectly improving psychological and physical well-being.

HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, NYSED Social Work Board) provider of online continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied professionals announces recent updates to its online CE course, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Mindfulness and Other Core Mechanisms to their extensive online CE resource library.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported intervention in the treatment of various psychological, as well as medical, illnesses (e.g., 1). CBT typically includes psychoeducation, identification of negative automatic thoughts, challenge of cognitive biases, and guided exposure to imagined/real anxiety provoking situations. CBT is also an ideal intervention to facilitate coping with health-related distress associated with medical procedures/treatments, health-related lifestyle changes, or chronic disease management.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, weds the change-oriented techniques of CBT with acceptance strategies consistent with those of Zen practice, such as mindfulness - defined as paying attention in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment without judgment (2-3). Other DBT treatment components include instruction in distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

When combined with CBT strategies, DBT-related skills and techniques, such as mindfulness practice, enable patients faced with chronic or acute illness to identify and regulate their health-related maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and emotions (4). This not only enhances coping with the moment-by-moment challenges of illness, but also positively influences basic immune function. When practiced routinely, CBT/DBT strategies promote acceptance and change, thereby directly and indirectly improving psychological and physical well-being.

Staying current with empirical evidence gives mental health professionals a clinical edge. This newly updated online CE course integrates emerging data regarding CBT and DBT into a review of their underlying mechanisms of action, such as mindfulness skills. Further, current efficacy research for each therapy is provided so that clinicians may apply these therapeutic techniques into clinical practice.

Psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can chose from HFO’s over 20 categories of CE topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i.e., ethics, cancer adaptation, women’s health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, aging/gerontology, pediatric behavioral medicine, assessment, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, clinical intervention, group therapy, infectious disease, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality, LGBT issues) containing more than 105 online CE courses that are fast, convenient and cost-effective. All HFO courses are available online or as downloadable PDFs. Participants print their own CE certificates and can review updates for free even after they have completed the CE activity and generated their CE certificate.

For more information on this course or a complete listing of titles in our online CE resource library, visit

About HealthForumOnline:

HealthForumOnline (HFO) is an approved CE provider by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and the NYSED State Board of Social Workers. HFO’s CE Program’s Advisory Committee and authors comprise over 80 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.

1. Hofmann, S.G., et al. (2012). The efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy: A review of meta-analyses. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36(5), 427–440.

2. Linehan, M., & Wilks, C. R. (2015). The course and evolution of dialectical behavior therapy. Am J Psychother, 69(2), 97–110.

3. Linehan, M., et al. (2015). Dialectical behavior therapy for high suicide risk in individuals with borderline personality disorder: A randomized clinical trial and component analysis. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(5), 475–482.

4. Gartlehner, G., et al. (2016). Comparative benefits and harms of antidepressant, psychological, complementary, and exercise treatments for major depression: An evidence report for a clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med, 164(5), 331–41.

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