How can I find out if my organization approves CE credit from IAHB?

You can find this out by reading the accreditation information provided on our website. If a particular board is not listed, you may contact the board for further details.

Can I receive CE credit if I only attended part of the workshop?

No, you must attend the workshop in full in order to receive CE credit.

Can I be granted CE credit retroactively for a workshop I attended in the past?

IAHB does not grant credit retroactively. All CE requirements must be fulfilled on-site at the workshop.

When and how will I receive my CE certificate?

You will receive your CE certificate via e-mail within one week of the workshop’s end.

Will I receive any proof of CE credit?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion after all necessary steps are completed.

What steps do I need to take to ensure I receive CE credit?

In order to receive CE credit, you will need to sign in daily at the workshop, complete the Attendance Verification Form (CAV) and complete the course evaluation. You will receive these forms at the workshop.

What is cognitive behavior therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more limited in duration, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.

What is the theory behind cognitive behavior therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy is based on the cognitive model: the way we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally. For example, one person reading this website might think, “Wow! This sounds good, it’s just what I’ve always been looking for!” and feels happy. Another person reading this information might think, “Well, this sounds good but I don’t think I can do it.” This person feels sad and discouraged. So it is not a situation that directly affects how people feel emotionally, but rather, their thoughts in that situation. When people are in distress, their perspective is often inaccurate and their thoughts may be unrealistic. Cognitive behavior therapy helps people identify their distressing thoughts and evaluate how realistic the thoughts are. Then they learn to change their distorted thinking. When they think more realistically, they feel better. The emphasis is also consistently on solving problems and initiating behavioral changes.

What are the most essential components of CBT treatment?

It’s important to remember that cognitive behavior therapists use a different formulation for each psychiatric disorder. We use this formulation in conceptualizing the individual patient, which is an essential component to developing a sound therapeutic relationship, setting goals, planning treatment, and selecting interventions. Building trust and rapport with patients from the very first contact, demonstrating accurate empathy, sharing the conceptualization with the patient (and making sure it “rings true” for the patient), and collaborating are also essential. Another important part of every therapy session is helping patients respond to inaccurate or unhelpful ideas. The basic question to ask when a patient is reporting a distressing situation, emotion, or dysfunctional behavior is: “What is going through your mind right now?” Once we help patients identify their dysfunctional thinking, we help them gain more adaptive and accurate perspectives, especially by helping them examine the validity and usefulness of their thoughts. We also help them design behavioral experiments to test the accuracy of their predictions.


How can I find a certified cognitive therapist?

Therapists at Beck Institute’s Center for Psychotherapy are certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. If you live or work in the Philadelphia region, contact us by phone or email for more information.

For therapists outside the Philadelphia region, visit the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) website:
You can contact the Academy of Cognitive Therapy at:

Academy of Cognitive Therapy
245 N. 15th Street, MS 403
17 New College Building
Department of Psychiatry
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215.831.7838
Fax: 215.537.1789