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CBT: Introductory Course (3 days) - Certificate Course

Can be taken as an individual three-day course or as a part of a Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Approved by the British Psychological Society.

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 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.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Diploma.


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:
C. Padesky (1993): Socratic questioning: Changing minds or guiding discovery? is available from the "Publications" section and then the "Fundamentals" tab of http://padesky.com/clinical-corner

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:

Recently Paul Grantham participated in CBT training at Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

With 50 people in the group sending their questions for Dr Aaron T. Beck, Dr Judith Beck has chosen to ask four; and we are proud to report that three of them where from Paul Grantham!

Watch in this clip Dr Aaron Beck answering one of them:

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk

“Paul Grantham delivers engaging and professional courses which are both theoretical and demonstrate immense practical applications. SDS’ CBT Introductory Course is an essential if you are planning on delivering this type of approach. The course offers a solid grounding in CBT methods, a host of practical examples, the opportunity to improve your skill set and is excellent value for money. I have gained valuable knowledge through my attendance and been able to utilise everything I learned on this course.”
Amanda Webbon
BA(Hons) Counsellor/Psychotherapist in Private Practice
MBACP (Snr. Accred)

“The course was brilliant - I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot. I would definitely be interested in doing more courses with you in future.”
J.D., Counselling Psychologist

“I attended your introductory course on CBT this week and it was my first day back at work today. I saw a number of teenage clients and decided to use the DTR exercise with one of them in particular. She is a very tricky client, very passive aggressive and displays insecurities and very low self-esteem. We only had time to look at one of her negative thoughts (the session looked very much like the "Emma" clip you showed us). She chose "I am ridiculously stupid".
After what felt like a VERY long session (but in fact was relatively brief) she revised her statement to "I am ridiculously stupid ALMOST ALL OF THE TIME". I genuinely didn't think she would budge at all and I felt overwhelmingly satisfied to have witnessed the very beginning of cognitive doubt!!!”
A.C., School Counsellor

Early Bird Price: £455 + VAT (£546) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £495 + VAT (£594).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 21 CPD training hours on the day.

To book an Evidenced Reading Module for this course: Click Here

Recommended Viewing:

"Essential CBT Skills Series" - 8 DVDs Set - 14 CPD Hours

Watch live demonstrations of Essential CBT Techniques followed by a detailed analysis and informed explanation by Accredited CBT therapists: Dr Tom Werner and Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham.
This DVD set concentrates on introducing the viewer to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) through a combination of demonstration, discussion and reflection.

Exclusive offer for SDS delegates: Save 15% on this DVD
Use this code on the checkout: SDSDVD

Places available
(The British Psychological Society)
11-13 JUNE 2019
Fully Booked
(The British Psychological Society)
17-19 SEPTEMBER 2019
Fully Booked
(The British Psychological Society)
2-4 DECEMBER 2019
Places available
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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 the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

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.

CBT Diploma Modules
CBT: Introductory Course
(3 days course)
Approved by the British Psychological Society.
Case Formulation
(Online Course)
Behavioural Experiments
(Online Course)
Working with Depression
(1 day course)
Working with Phobias
(1 day course)
CBT for Couples
(2 days course)
CBT for Working with PTSD
(2 days course)
Using CBT Supervision
(Online Course)
Running CBT Groups
(Online Course)
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