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Certificate in Third Wave CBT (5 modules/8.5 days)

The BPS Approved Certificate in Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) consists of 5 modules / 8.5 training days that can be booked together or separately. This course can be taken as Open Course in London or as Webcast. Please click here for more information about our Interactive Webcasts.

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

Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has become one of the most powerful therapeutic developments within the last 15 years. This modular Certificate Course is designed to provide both an up-to-date theoretical overview of a selection of Third Wave CBT approaches along with their practical application within a range of practice environments.

The Certificate focuses on separate modules relating to Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). These different Third Wave approaches are be integrated via an additional online presentation exploring the meaning and contradictions within these approaches. Over and above this there is a particular focus on practical issues, problems and dilemmas within each Third Wave approach and how they can be successfully addressed.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Delegates will have an understanding of both the differences and linking concepts within 3rd Wave CBT
  • Delegates will understand the conceptual basis of Mindfulness, ACT, CFT and DBT
  • Delegates will learn practical strategies associated with the above therapeutic approaches and in a number of instances see demonstrations of such strategies and have opportunities to practice them
  • Delegates will explore common therapeutic problems and dilemmas associated with 3rd Wave approaches how to resolve them

5 Modules of the Certificate in Third Wave CBT:

Delegates who attend one or more courses will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance (on the day).

The structure of the certificate is as follows:

Online Overview of Third Wave CBT

In this online course Paul Grantham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of SDS Seminars provides an overview and introduction not just to the four areas of the BPS Approved Certificate in 3rd Wave CBT but also to the historical development and possible future direction of these therapeutic approaches. Although in the last 15 years 3rd Wave CBT has become one of the most powerful therapeutic developments, it still remains a poorly defined and understood concept. Numerous definitions have existed in the literature. However there are certain themes that bind different therapeutic approaches together under the heading of “3rd Wave” and which also go some way towards explaining its growing popularity. Firstly, 3rd Wave CBT tends to give a greater emphasis to function and relationship rather than content. Hence “what” the client thinks or believes is of less importance than the client’s relationship with such thoughts and “how” they think them. Secondly, 3rd Wave CBT has tended to bring the issue of “emotion” back onto centre stage rather than cognition. This obviously alters both the nature of the dialogue with clients as well as addressing such issues as soothing and distress tolerance. Finally, 3rd Wave has an integrative effect on the practice of CBT by drawing on a range of strategies and ideas that derive from other traditions. The Buddhist Mindfulness tradition is the most obvious but not the only one. Approaches as diverse as Gestalt Psychotherapy and Radical Behaviourism have found a place within 3rd Wave approaches.

Mindfulness (2 days)

Mindfulness provides the key linking theme within the Certificate in 3rd Wave CBT. Representing both a state of being as well as a technique, this two day course provides both practice opportunities regarding different types of mindfulness training and provides a context within which different 3rd wave approaches incorporate or conceptualise mindfulness – from compassionate mindfulness, through Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy to developing Mindfulness as an alternative skill to emotional avoidance. The focus on attention and non-judgemental acceptance rather than avoidance, control and judgement ensures that mindfulness becomes a thread running throughout third wave psychotherapies.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (2 days)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a treatment package that combines several traditions such as early behaviourism, positive psychology and mindfulness. ACT is a trans-diagnostic model that has been successfully used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, eating disorders and substance misuse just to name a few. ACT’s target is to promote psychological flexibility, that is, the ability to behave in a way that is consistent with one’s values even in the presence of aversive experiences (e.g. thoughts, feelings, physical pain). This is true as much for our clients as for the ACT practitioner. If you work in a context in which behaviour change is paramount, than this course will provide you with some very useful tools.

Compassion Focused Therapy (2 days)

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), is a research?based therapy founded on a combination of principles from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Evolutionary Psychology and Attachment Theory. It was developed to work specifically with clients who had high levels of shame and self-criticism and who had had early experiences of poor attachment, affiliation and affection. By developing care and affiliative focused motivation, attention, emotion behaviour and thinking CFT begins to address these problems. Key skills with CFT include the use of compassion focused imagery, the development of a compassionate self and the use of a sense of a compassionate self to engage with areas of personal difficulty.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (2 days)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has developed as a combination of operant and skills training approaches, the incorporation of the concept of dialectics and the central role of mindfulness. Variations of DBT – in its pure form, in the form of its component parts or in adapted forms such as Radically Open DBT have developed as a gold standard approach to working with “treatment resistant” and “difficult to treat” clients. DBT has been demonstrated to be effective with Borderline Personality Disorder, suicidal intent, sexual abuse survivors, chemical dependency and eating disorders. Its recognition of motivational obstacles to therapeutic engagement and its creative solutions mark it out as one of the most practical approaches to poor motivation in the therapeutic arena today. Its four component parts – of Mindfulness, the development of Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Skills – provide a research based set of skills and protocols that delegates will be able to draw from whatever their working context.

“I attended the 2 day ACT training in the comfort of my own home. This came with 3 main benefits for me - no travel costs, no travel time and the additional access to the webcast after the course. I was a bit concerned that I’d feel disconnected from the training, but there was always a chance for those attending via webcast to comment and ask questions. I’d definitely recommend SDS training and will be signing up for the compassion focussed therapy for early next year.”
Alison Wood, via Facebook Review

“I want to congratulate all SDS staff for the good work and make it extensive for the three facilitators/teachers. It has been fantastic and I am very pleased with the result. Thank you all for the excellent training.”
Victoria Valiente
Highly Specialist Psychologist

Course Price:

Book the whole course (recording) and save! £990 + VAT (£1188) per delegate to include 8 days training (recording), 4 hours online introductory course, course materials and the final test.

Certificate of Completion:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 14 CPD hours after each individual module; CPD certificate for 4 hours after completion of the Online Course; plus BPS APPROVED CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION at the end of the full course.

BPS Approved Certificate in Third Wave CBT requires attendance of all training modules, plus completion of the online module and a separate online test (80% pass). Online test should be completed no later than 6 months after the last module.

Course Leaders:

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.

Dr. Fiona C. Kennedy
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Fiona Kennedy has a vast clinical experience in mental health (from anxiety through eating disorders and PTSD, to psychosis and personality disorders) and learning disability fields. Fiona’s main orientation for many years has been Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She was a Board Member/Trustee for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). She has extensive experience of teaching and presenting, giving regular input to doctoral training programmes and teaching other professionals. Amongst many other research projects she has studied dissociation after trauma that led to a new theoretical model and scale, as well as innovative new treatments. The creation of an effective treatment service for self-harming, suicidal, ‘revolving door’ inpatients was quoted as an example of national excellence by the government’s National Audit Office in its House of Commons report ‘Safer Patient Services’ 2005. She has presented her research at many national and international conferences and received an award for clinical excellence from BUPA. With her deep knowledge of the subject and outstanding leadership qualities Dr Fiona Kennedy is a truly inspirational tutor.

Chris Irons
Clinical Psychologist

Chris Irons is a Clinical Psychologist working for the NHS in London, UK. He gained his Clinical Psychology doctorate at the University of Sheffield (UK). In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) in working with people suffering form a variety of mental health problems, including depression, PTSD, OCD, social anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. He also has an interest in working with relationship difficulties and with issues of shame and self-criticism. 
Alongside Professor Paul Gilbert and other colleagues, Chris has been interested in the theoretical and clinical developments and adaptations of CFT as a science based psychotherapeutic approach. Chris is a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”. He is an accredited trainer and supervisor of Compassion Focused Therapy, and regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion. Chris gained his research Ph.D from the University of Derby (UK) under the supervision of Professor Paul Gilbert. His Ph.D explored the relationship between attachment and social rank mechanisms in anxiety and depression symptomology. Amongst other things, he is currently researching the role of compassion and rumination in depression; the role of compassion and shame in psychosis; and the role of compassion in relationship quality.

Dr Joseph Oliver, PhD

Joseph Oliver in addition to being Director of Contextual Consulting, Joe is currently the Cognitive Behavioural Therapies Lead in the Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust in north London. Joseph graduated from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, receiving a BA (Hons) before going on to complete his postgraduate diploma in clinical psychology and PhD in 2003. His PhD research investigated the psychological processes of stress and wellbeing within the workplace. Alongside his clinical work, specialising in the area of psychosis, Joe carries out research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, being involved in a number of trials investigating the use of ACT with people with psychosis and within the workplace. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters in the clinical application of ACT and is currently leading on an RCT comparing ACT and mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for workplace wellbeing.

Joe is also current chair of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) ACT Special Interest Group, which promotes and develops ACT within the UK, by offering professional development opportunities, grants and training workshops. In addition, he regularly provides ACT and contextual-cognitive behavioural therapy training, both nationally and internationally.

Joe is particularly interested in service user involvement as a method to both promote recovery and improve services. He chairs a group of service user consultants and psychologists that aims to promote and increase effective, recovery based service user involvement. Finally, Joe has an interest in disseminating ACT ideas and concepts to other professionals and to the general public. In addition to organising ACT events for the wider public, Joe has also been developing ACT-based animations as teaching tools for training and within therapy. He has produced a number of animations that illustrate key ACT metaphors and has developed a free YouTube channel to promote these. Joe is co-editor of the book, ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis’ published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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