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CBT: Introductory Course (3 days) - Certificate Course

Download a printable application form (PDF, 422k) for this course.

NB! - Course runs for 3 (THREE) consecutive days from the date advertised.

Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

This course introduces you to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy within a context of other therapeutic methods using a wide range of learning techniques.

Our aim is to provide you with the highest possible standard of training and enable you to make immediate use of your learning.

You will leave this course with a solid grounding in CBT that you can put into practice straight away.

The course covers: the history and meaning of CBT, conceptualising cases in CBT terms, the format of a standard CBT session, and the most important CBT techniques.

At every stage of your learning theory will be constantly applied to practical examples.

We will provide you with quality seminar materials on a free CD including photocopiable work- sheets, checklists and forms to use with your clients.

All techniques will be illustrated either by live or video demonstrations. Delegates will practise techniques in group and pair exercises.

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Course Fees Per 3-Days course: £399 + VAT (£478.80)

“The course was brilliant - I thoroughly enjoyed in & learnt a lot & would definitely be interested in doing more courses with you in future.”

“The variety of learning aids helped to validate my learning, good use of role plays, videos, handouts, case studies etc.”

Course Outline:


Please make sure that you arrive in time for 9.30 AM start (sharp!). Your late arrival might result in you not been eligible for the BPS Approved Certificate.
The same applies to the finish times. Make sure that your travel arrangements enable you to be present until 5 PM every day of the course.
We very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

Every day consists of the morning session (starting at 9.30 AM sharp!) and afternoon session (finishing at 5 PM strictly).
Refreshments provided during your morning (11.15) and afternoon (14.45) break.
Lunch break (1 hour) – lunch by own arrangements (12.30 – 13.30).

Day 1
Introduction group members, facilitator, course objective and timetable
Learning expectations
History of CBT. What is CBT now? Constructivist exercise
Goal setting (SMART). Learning goals for this course.
Structure of session, therapeutic alliance
Agenda setting/session bridging. (Examples & exercise of agenda setting)
Maintenance formulation. Hot Cross Bun.
Basic CBT conceptualization.
Beck’s triad. How can knowledge of Becks triad enhance the hot cross bun model?
Thinking errors. Working with cognition (hot cognition, thought records)
Cognitive restructuring: Socratic Method, balance of evidence table
Homework effect on treatment outcome – how to set up homework tasks

Day 2
Review and timetable for day 2. Setting day’s objective
Check out home work – how to evaluate homework use of diary, how to overcome difficulties
CBT developmental model (J Beck)
Characteristics of core beliefs and dysfunctional assumptions
Identifying core beliefs downward arrow technique
Eliciting negative assumptions and modifying them
Techniques to modify dysfunctional assumption and beliefs
Positive thought log and other techniques to modify higher order cognitions
Setting up behavioural experiments / surveys
Designing behavioural experiments to confirm or disconfirm those beliefs
Principle of Behavioural Activation. Explain how to fill in an activity log
Alternative, additional behavioural methods (exposure, desensitization)
Homework behaviour experiment. End of the day round ‘What have I learnt’

Day 3
Review and timetable for day 3. Setting day’s objective
Check out home work. Review homework – how to use “wrong results” in therapeutic practice
Functional analysis. Classical ABC
Modification of antecedents and consequences
Role of Monitoring, Scales and standardised questionnaires
Progress monitoring formal scales, self constructed scales
Closure of therapy – therapy blue print and relapse prevention
How to formulate a treatment plan
Review of course goals and progress monitoring
Feedback in written form
Summary and closure

There is a heavy reliance on video and live demonstrations of techniques, combined with specially developed exercises that allow participants to practise the skills learnt.


This article from Christine Padesky explains Socratic Questioning – one of the important CBT techniques – PLEASE read this article as this will be referred to on the first course day:

The following article outlines the historic content and main characteristic of CBT. It is a good introductory reading and introduces terms and concepts which will be consolidated during the three day introductory course:

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work. Paul is the Chair of the BABCP Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Special Interest Group.

Paul is the founder and Director of The Skills Development Service Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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