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Certification Criteria
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Criteria for Certification

  • Applicants must have completed the terminal degree in field and be licensed for independent practice. If licensing is not available or required by law, the applicant may present alternative credentials for review by the Academy.

Terminal degrees include but are not limited to the following: M.S.W, M.Sc. (Clinical Counseling), M.D., M.A. (Marriage and Family Therapy), M.S.N. (Psychiatric Nursing), Psy.D. (Clinical Psychology), and Ph.D. 

  • A minimum of forty hours of specific education in cognitive therapy.

The training can be of any format (lecture, didactic, online, or clinical supervision).  Training must have focused on cognitive interventions and cognition.  If you should have any questions please contact

  • At least one year of clinical experience using cognitive therapy in a clinical setting with a minimum of ten patients.
  • If applicable, up-to-date malpractice insurance.