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CBT for Anger and Violence training

CBT for Anger and Violence.

'CBT for Anger and Violence' is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited courses for professionals working in mental health and related areas.

It is the only CBT for Anger and Violence training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course. The course is available for teams/organisations and can be attended face-to-face or online. (2-day version also available.)

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Executive Summary:

Being irritable and angry is remarkably common, and can devastate the sufferer's life in terms of broken relationships, employment, general enjoyment, and sometimes, criminal conviction. It can be a complicated area with a range of variations, and this course aims to give a comprehensive CBT solution. The course is written by William Davies, author of the bestselling Overcoming Anger and Irritability book (Constable & Robinson) and parallels it to a degree.

The aims of the course:

The course aims to provide you with a good understanding of the causes and maintaining factors for irritability and anger, and the necessary range of CBT techniques to produce an effective intervention.

The course covers:

A clear theoretical model: the interplay between the "primitive brain" (the limbic system and cerebellum) and the "rational brain" (the cerebrum). This is a model which "hits the nail on the head" for many people who regularly experience anger and irritability. They can readily imagine the neurological processes described, happening inside their own heads.

The number of case examples is very well received. Examples range from the relatively trivial (irritation at someone leaving a door open near a draught) to the tragic (a man getting so angry with his wife that he murders her in a fit of rage). This means that you are able to identify with a number of the examples and clinicians report using Overcoming Anger and Irritability as a standard text in treating anger and irritability.

It is against the background of having a clear theoretical model and a number of case examples that the techniques are discussed. The interventions described are explicitly based on cognitive behavioral therapy and, therefore, in line with modern CBT will be grouped under the following headings:

Cognitive. For example "attribution of intent". This is where, when you find that something that somebody does is irritating, you "attribute intent" to that person. In other words, you think they are doing it deliberately to annoy you. Or, in a slightly milder version, simply not caring whether it annoys you or not. Most of the major interventions on this course are cognitive ones.

Behavioral. The simple expedient of counting to ten, mentioned above, is a good example of a behavioral intervention. There are much bigger and better behavioral interventions also; ones which aim at producing a fundamentally less irritable person (rather than a simple expedient to deal with irritability when it occurs).

Environmental. Some environments invite displays of anger. For example, someone who frequently got into fights in his local (rough) pub attempted to remedy this by frequenting a pub that was 5 miles away and had a much more relaxed atmosphere. Most situations that cause irritability or anger have an environmental option as one possible solution.

Social. For example refraining from mixing with people who encourage you to display your anger (get into fights) or, at a lower level, avoiding people who irritate you. (It is not always the case that the irritated person is "irritable", sometimes the other person really is "irritating").

Emotions. Emotions such as depression make one more likely to be irritable, and therefore need to be tackled head on. Relaxed and happy people tend not to be irritable.


The CBT for Anger and Violence course comprises of a clear theoretical description of how anger and irritability come about, followed by case examples, and then by relevant interventions for remedying the problem, and is intended for all professionals working with this widespread and destructive problem.

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course and access to the online exam if you wish to uprate your APT accreditation to Level 2.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 125,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

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 for teams and organisations

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For teams and organisations:

Option 1: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee.

Price (3-day version): $11,385 (plus tutor travel and accommodation expenses) for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: $744 per person. 

Price (2-day version): $8,335 (plus tutor travel and accommodation expenses) for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: $465 per person.

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live and interactive online course, delivered via Zoom or Teams* exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price (3-day version): $7,120* for a group of up to 15 people (price includes a workbook for every delegate, posted to one address). Extra delegates $465 per person. 

Price (2-day version): $5,140* for a group of up to 15 people (price includes a workbook for every delegate, posted to one address). Extra delegates $310 per person.

*We standardly deliver courses via Zoom (which is recommended). If you would prefer to use Microsoft Teams, there is an additional charge of $160 CAD per day.

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Option 3: 'Train the Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee each time you run it or your chosen modules (50% of the 'Online Live and Exclusive' fee, regardless of whether the course is held face-to-face or online).

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For individuals or small groups:

This course is currently only available for teams/organisations. Please register your interest below if you want to attend this course as an individual and we will notify you when it becomes available.

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APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course. APT verifies the accreditation by publishing the delegates' average ratings of relevance and presentation-quality for all its accredited courses. The accreditation is given value by over 150,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

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Feedback Ratings

Feedback Ratings.

We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last eight runnings of this course, which are updated periodically.


Presentation: 93%

Relevance: 92%

Online Live*

Presentation: 100%

Relevance: 100%

*This online live ratings are taken from the latest running of the course in this format.

Written Feedback


APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the 'CBT for Anger and Violence' course has received.

"Fabulous course and exceptional delivery. Thoroughly enjoyed how the course was delivered. Content fantastic and handout material far beyond my expectations. Can't wait to attend more to develop my professional career, found really useful in my role with extremely challenging families and can't wait to put techniques into practice.”

"Awesome would describe this course. Has a brilliant wow factor. So much good information and discussion during these two days. The tutor was incredible, somebody who imparts knowledge and helpful skills so readily and easily. I most certainly will be using this course in my daily practice and for the benefit of the mental health population I work with.”

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