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Extended CBT Training

Extended Training in CBT.

This Extended Training in CBT course provides 66-200 hours of training, depending on how you specify it. The course is from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training courses for professionals working in mental health and related areas.

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/organisations and can be attended face-to-face or online.

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Who should attend?

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

1. Groups of professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to become proficient in CBT applied to a range of conditions such as depression, panic, eating disorders, etc.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a unified level of proficiency in CBT.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and others working in a variety of settings including: Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, IAPT services, and Substance Misuse.

Executive Summary:

The latest development of our Extended Training in CBT provides you with anything from 66 to 200 hours training spread over 6 to 24 months. We bring the modules to you for a fixed fee, to save on travel and expenses costs, and to ensure you get a supportive group all up to date on the same material.

The way the system works is this: the first module covers 'key skills' and sets you up for subsequent modules covering a wide range of topics from depression through to personality disorder.

So the 'key skills' module covers topics such as: what CBT is and is not, examples of CBT techniques, how to structure CBT sessions, how to evaluate your progress, the importance of supervision and how to get it, the different types of accreditation, their relative merits, and how to go about gaining it if you wish to. In other words, all the 'across the board' skills that are necessary no matter what problem a specific patient presents with.

There is a very wide range of subsequent modules, and you can choose as many or as few (minimum four) as you wish. The subsequent modules are either 2-days or 3-days in duration and the ones currently available are:

What makes Extended Training in CBT different from standard training is that after every module delegates have the opportunity to – and are expected to – do two things:

The best way of structuring extended training is to have a gap of about 6 weeks between each module.

The Exams:

Delegates sit exam papers corresponding to each of the modules taught. The exams are designed to be a thorough test of the knowledge elements of each of the modules and therefore - in assessment terms - intended to complement the projects, which test delegates' ability to apply that knowledge.

The projects:

Project One: assessment and case conceptualisation.

The assessment. This will contain all the information you have gathered, whether by interview or by examining the pre-existing notes on the person.

The case conceptualisation. This should include a clear account of (a) how the problems evolved, (b) what is maintaining the problems and (c) what CBT elements you believe will be relevant in overcoming the problems. Subsequent projects: an account of CBT applied to each of your chosen specialist areas.

Subsequent projects: an account of CBT applied to each of your chosen specialist areas.

Subsequent projects each follow the same format, namely to write up the assessment and treatment of a patient who has the problem in question (depression, or worry, or substance misuse, etc). A good piece of work will contain the following:

Assessment and Accreditation:

Delegates obtain APT's Level One accreditation for each module they attend.

Delegates obtain Level 2* accreditation in each subject they pass the exam in.

Delegates obtain Level 3 accreditation in each subject for which they pass the exam and submit a project which obtains a pass mark.

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.

Booking this training is easy...

Booking Options...

 for teams and organisations

 for individuals or small groups

For teams and organisations:

Option 1: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee for up to 12 people.

The initial 3-day module costs $7,650 and the subsequent modules cost either $7,650 or $5,190 depending on whether you have the 3-day or 2-day versions. There is no charge for the exams or accreditation, so long as you commission a minimum of 11 days training in total.

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live, interactive online course exclusively for your team or organisation. (Max 12 people.)

The initial 3-day module costs $6,900 plus VAT and the subsequent modules cost either $6,900 plus VAT or $4,670 depending on whether you have the 3-day or 2-day versions. There is no charge for the exams or accreditation, so long as you commission a minimum of 11 days training in total. (Workbooks for every delegate are included in this price - if you require workbooks being sent to more than one location, there is an extra charge of $10 per extra address, per course).

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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 (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

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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 125,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

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CBT Plus, with Alcohol & Substance Misuse  ❯

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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, taken from the last ten modules that have taken place.

Average Presentation rating: 95%

Average Relevance rating: 94%

*These statistics were last updated in April 2017.

Written Feedback


APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the The APT Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has received.

"Refreshing, entertaining and thought provoking. Excellent course, at a pace and style of teaching that is designed to maximise learning. Thank you."

"This has been a very valuable experience which has allowed me to better pull the principles of CBT than I could have thought possible in such a short period of time. My patients will most definitely benefit from these skills."

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