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CBT Training Course

CBT Essentials (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training).

CBT Essentials is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training courses.

It is the only CBT 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 and individuals and can be attended face-to-face or online. It can also be completed as part of the Extended Training in CBT course and The APT Diploma in Psychological Therapies

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Executive Summary:

APT was one of the earliest organizations to teach CBT, starting in 1982, three years after the seminal book Cognitive Therapy of Depression was written by Beck, Rush, Shaw and Emery. Since that point, this course has constantly been one of the most attended of any of APT's courses. Constantly developing, this course was one of the first to systematically teach '5-factor CBT', also advocated by Padesky in the 'hot cross bun' and Linehan in DBT. Including not just emotions, behavior and cognitions, the 5-factor approach adds biological factors and social/environmental factors into the mix, without which many conditions would not be addressed adequately.

Who should attend this CBT course?

People who attend this course normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to add CBT techniques to their repertoire.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a common approach to CBT or to their clinical work.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers and others working in a variety of settings including: Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, Older People, Substance Misuse, Forensic, Learning Disability, and Brain Injury.

The CBT Essentials course covers:

CBT Essentials consists of the three days described below. You may however attend any one, or any two of the three days, attending the other(s) later if you wish.


Day 1 (Module One)


Day 2 (Modules Two & Three)


Day 3 (Modules Four & Five)


What the CBT Essentials course will do for you:

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 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.


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Booking Options...

 for individuals or small groups

 for teams and organisations




For individuals or small groups:

Option 1: Online Anytime course

Engaging and relevant online course, attend from your home or workplace at times convenient to you.

Price: $295 per person. (Guaranteed completion; full refund if you don’t complete for any reason.)

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For teams and organisations:


Option 1: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

We bring the course and tutor to you, for a fixed fee.

Price: $6,600 (plus tutor travel and accommodation expenses) for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: $480 per person.

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live, interactive online course exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price: $6,600 for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates $435 per person.

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Option 3: Online Anytime course:

Engaging and relevant online course, your colleagues attend from home or workplace at times that suit.

Price: $295 per person. (Guaranteed completion; full refund for those that don’t complete for any reason.)

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Option 4: '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 (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

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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 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

CBT Courses and Resources


What is CBT?  ❯


How to become a CBT Therapist  ❯


CBT Training Courses  ❯


CBT Essentials  ❯


Extended Training in CBT  ❯


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy  ❯


10-minute CBT: The BITS™ Course  ❯


CBT for Depression  ❯


CBT for Anxiety, Stress and Worry  ❯


CBT for Panic  ❯


CBT for OCD  ❯


CBT for Anger and Violence  ❯


CBT Plus, with Alcohol & Substance Misuse  ❯


CBT for Eating Disorders  ❯


Psychosocial Interventions for PTSD  ❯


CBT for Personality Disorder  ❯


CBT for Suicidality  ❯


CBT for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury  ❯


A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders  ❯


APT's Accreditation for Practitioners  ❯

CBT Essentials Feedback

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 ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 98%

Average Relevance rating: 96%



*These statistics were last updated in April 2017.

CBT Essentials Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the CBT Essentials course has received.

“Without a doubt, the most relevant, inspirational and achievable course I have done since being in the team. I feel enthusiastic about applying the skills and theory to my practice. The course was superbly delivered by a very knowledgeable, competent tutor who was down to earth and humorous in appropriate places. Excellent!"

"I've had a number of inputs on CBT - this one clearly the best yet!!"

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