FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

                                   A useful reference outlining the commonly asked questions of BCI members.

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  • Training and consultation in an evidence-based, case conceptualization-driven, and principle-based cognitive behavioral therapy, with training tailored for the mission of your organization
  • Certification that recognizes the training you have completed and the CBT competence you have demonstrated
  • Access to ongoing advanced training, resources, and tools
  • Membership in a network of CBT-trained providers that reaches around the world

Within the Philadelphia DBHIDS network, Requests for Applications (RFAs) are periodically posted here for City-funded partnerships with the Penn Collaborative's Beck Community Initiative. If there aren't currently any opportunities that fit your organization, there are a number of other pathways for clinicians to train with the Penn Collaborative. 

For interested organizations within or beyond the US, we offer (in English and Spanish):

  • implementation readiness to prepare your organization for success in implementing CBT
  • sustainability support and tools to improve the long-term integration of CBT in your organization
  • CBT workshops tailored for your organization's mission
  • group consultation to support clinicians in applying their growing CBT skills with clients

In addition, individual clinicians may have opportunities to participate in training being offered as part of research studies and other projects.

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To become certified in CBT, you must:

  • Attend 85% or more of your CBT consultation group meetings
  • Submit all checkpoint audio (pre, post, 3-month, 6-month) recordings of CBT sessions that you conducted
  • Submit 11 (or more) additional audio recordings of CBT sessions
  • Submit an audio recording at the 6-month mark that scores 40 or higher on the CTRS

Your initial certification lasts for two years. After that, you may become recertified. Your recertification has no expiration date.

Your certification lasts for two years after you become certified. To become recertified you must:

  • Continue going to consultation groups and using CBT skills, maintaining attendance at least 85% of meetings
  • Complete 4 hours of continuing education credits in CBT
  • Fill out recertification measures 
  • Submit a new audio recording that scores 40 or higher on the CTRS
  • Pre-workshop phase: 3 weeks
  • Online training: 6 weeks
  • Post-workshop phase: 2 weeks
  • 3-month checkpoint: 3 months after beginning consultations
  • 6-month checkpoint: 6 months after beginning consultations 

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The impact will depend on where you are in your certification process. To be certified, you'll need to complete the workshops and attend at least 85% of your group consultation meetings (in addition to several other requirements). If you leave before you can complete the required consultations, then the only way to reach certification will be to transition to a new BCI-affiliated organization to complete the requirements. (Click here for an updated list of active BCI-affiliated organizations in Philadelphia!) Recertification after 2 years also requires attendance in a BCI consultation group. If you leave your agency and are unable to meet attendance requirements, you could consider certification through the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy.

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