Aim and course of this training

Welcome to the online training course Metacognitive Training for Depression (D-MCT) and Depression in Older Adults (MCT-Silver).

Metacognitive Training for Depression (D-MCT; Jelinek et al., 2015) is a slide-based group program that incorporates principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression (e.g., normalizing of “negative thoughts” and identifying depressive thought patterns) but chooses a slightly different treatment focus. The program is primarily intended to strengthen participants’ metacognitive abilities by reducing cognitive biases. Additionally, the training aims to challenge dysfunctional coping strategies (e.g., rumination, social withdrawal). We have also developed an adaptation of this approach for older patients with depression: the Metacognitive Training for Depression in Older Adults (MCT-Silver).

The D-MCT is based on the German manual published by Beltz: Metakognitives Training bei Depression (D-MKT) by Jelinek, Hauschildt, and Moritz. This full manual is currently available only in German and Japanese and needs to be purchased. A short version of the manual in English, including information on how to conduct MCT-Silver, is available free of charge on our homepage, as are all of the English-version slides of the D-MCT ( and MCT-Silver ( 

Our goal

The aim of this training is to prepare you to conduct D-MCT and MCT-Silver groups.

After completing the training, you will …

… be familiar with the empirical findings regarding the effectiveness of D-MCT, 

… be familiar with the content and background of D-MCT and MCT-Silver,

… be familiar with typical cognitive biases/distortions in depression and know how to address them in D-MCT and MCT-Silver,

… be familiar with the various types of exercises that are used in D-MCT and MCT-Silver,

… know how to facilitate D-MCT or MCT-Silver,

… know how to deal with difficult therapeutic situations in D-MCT or MCT-Silver.

The training procedure

This present D-MCT/MCT-Silver training consists of a total of five learning units with a duration of approximately 5.5 hours (30-90 minutes each). The introduction to the framework and the general structure of the training (learning unit 1) is followed by two learning units introducing the total of eight different modules of the training (learning unit 2 and 3). Learning unit 4 is then devoted to content that is different in D-MCT and MCT-Silver (i.e., the training for depression in older adults). Finally, learning unit 5 discusses possible difficult situations that may occur during sessions.

If you have already completed our online training on MCT for Psychosis, you should already be familiar with a lot of the content in the introductory learning unit. However, it is still a good idea to complete learning unit 1 so you have an overview of the D-MCT procedure. We have designed this program so that facilitators do not need prior knowledge of the MCT for Psychosis to take the e-learning on D-MCT or MCT-Silver.

This e-training contains many practical tips well as audio files and videos (some in German with English subtitles), interactive exercises, and illustrations to give you ideas for setting up and conducting D-MCT or MCT-Silver.  

Please don’t be surprised if you notice that some of the content is mentioned more than once. This is intentional as we have found that repetition helps with learning and memorization.

Important: This training does not replace careful study of the manual and the supplementary materials. It is intended to help you get started as a D-MCT or MCT-Silver facilitator.

Technical requirements

This site is best viewed using Mozilla Firefox, which can be downloaded online at no cost. 

In order to ensure the best possible presentation of the content, we recommend always working on the e-learning using full-screen mode.  

Donation and certification

We provide this D-MCT/MCT Silver training course as well as the English D-MCT and MCT Silver supplementary materials free of charge. However, we would appreciate a donation as development and maintenance of these programs require considerable time and expense. In order to continue our research and to be able to offer trainings like this, we ask for a donation of 70$/70€ (for students/individuals in training we suggest 35$/35€). 

Make your donation following this link.

You will of course receive a receipt for tax purposes. 

We will provide a certificate that confirms your successful completion of the online training. To receive the certificate, you will be asked to take a test at the end of the training. You must obtain a score of at least 80% to receive the certificate. You may repeat the test as many times as necessary until you achieve this score. 


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Would you like to give us feedback about this training? Please do! Send an e-mail to Lena Jelinek (

Training contents

The following learning units await you in the course of the training. For future visits, you can use this overview to jump directly to the unit where you left off before. At the end of each page you will find the button “To overview”, which allows you to return to the table of contents at any time.

To learning unit 1To overview