Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


The cost for this online course is $15. The estimated time to complete this course is 45 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a passing score of 75%.

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely used, evidence-based form of psychotherapy or talk therapy. It focuses on addressing and modifying dysfunctional thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to alleviate psychological distress and improve overall mental health.

CBT operates on the premise that our thoughts, feelings, and actions are interconnected. It aims to help individuals identify negative or distorted thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their problems. Then, through various techniques and strategies, CBT helps individuals reframe those thoughts, develop healthier thinking patterns, and adopt more constructive behaviors.

CBT has been found effective in treating various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders (such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, substance abuse, and more.

It is usually time-limited and structured, focusing on specific issues or problems. CBT can be delivered in individual therapy sessions, group settings, or even through self-help resources, and its techniques are often adapted and integrated into other therapeutic approaches to suit individual needs.


  1. Review CBT principles.
  2. Apply CBT principles to geriatric patients.
  3. Identify patients who are appropriate for referral for CBT.
  4. Identify and apply at least two CBT-based strategies within a routine office visit or patient encounter.


Kathleen (Katy) Laurin, PhD
Psychologist, Broadlawns Medical Center;
Memory and Meaning Clinical Services, LLC

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Recording date: November 10, 2023
Date of original release: November 10, 2023
Most recent review/update: November 10, 2023
Termination date: November 9, 2026

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 2­B
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 0.75 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Kathleen (Katy) Laurin, PhD - Speaker


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 2­B
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)


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