Looking for CEU’s for Social Work? Noah to present at Columbia School of Social Work


As the name suggests, Cognitive Therapy (CT) focuses on the way people think (“cognition”). The concept behind CT is that our thoughts about a situation affect how we feel (emotionally and physically) and how we behave in that situation. When people are in distress, the way in which they process information may become distorted, which – if uncorrected – may also lead too dysfunctional behaviors.

CT is a well-researched and evidence-based form of therapy. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders and psychological problems in more than one thousand studies. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is focused on the present, practical and problem-solving oriented. Patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives, including: identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.

In this experiential workshop, licensed social workers with 1-2 years of CT clinical experience or clinicians new to the tools and techniques of CT will learn how to recognize the qualities of an expert cognitive therapist and learn about several tools therapists use to both identify a client’s negative core beliefs and change negative core beliefs.

Learning Objectives:

• Learn the theory undergirding the design of the Cognitive Conceptualization Diagram (CCD) and the Trial Based   Thought Record (TBTR or Trial I)
• View demonstrations of how the CCD and TBTR are used in a therapeutic/clinical setting
• Practice using the CCD and TBTR in roleplay scenarios with other participants
• Recognize and evaluate therapist competencies using the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale (CTRS), an    empirically-validated instrument used in research and clinical practice
• Identify strategies that help clients strengthen new positive core beliefs.

The Cognitive Conceptualization Diagram (CCD) is used by CT practitioners to develop an individualized conceptualization of their client, identify a client’s key beliefs or schemas associated with distress, and plan treatment based on this conceptualization. The Trial Based Thought Record (TBTR or Trial I) is an evidence-based structured strategy in which the therapist uses a creative and stimulating process to make clients aware of their core beliefs about themselves (self-accusations) and engages them in a constructive trial to develop more positive and functional beliefs.


Noah Clyman, LCSW-R, ACT is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified in cognitive therapy by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Noah is the first clinical social worker in the state of New York to become an Academy-certified Trainer Consultant. He is on the Academy’s Membership Committee and the Credentialing Committee, evaluating the work samples of therapists applying for certification in CBT.

In November 2012, he founded NYC Cognitive Therapy, the first CBT center that places particular emphasis on diversity, serving populations such as the LGBTQ community, and those living with HIV/AIDS. Noah’s mission is to make quality, culturally-competent CBT available to the public.The Center offers individual, couples, and group therapy, and has a sliding scale to make therapy affordable.

Along with providing psychotherapy, Noah enjoys teaching clinicians the art of CBT. He has lectured about CBT at the graduate level for major universities around the country, including Boston University and Columbia University. Noah also provides weekly, individualized clinical supervision and case consultation for clinicians of all backgrounds and skill levels. He helps clinicians prepare to become ACT-certified, including detailed written and verbal feedback on their case write-ups and audio work samples.

Alumni will recieve a $50 discount. Please email swope@columbia.edu for promotional code. Your email should contain your name when you attended CSSW and the year you graduated.