BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT

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

24 modules 34 days 486 hours

The BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma is designed to provide students with a comprehensive skills and theory based training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy covering in total 486 hours of training via different learning methods: direct tutor training, video demonstrations, practice, interactive online course modules, post-course reading with assessed online tests (Evidenced Reading) and Case Formulation submissions. The course is designed to largely be based on a 50:50 Theory/Skills split. Through these means, the course enables students to achieve a proficiency in CBT and receive a Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT (MPD CBT) on completion.

The BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma is designed to provide students with a comprehensive skills and theory based training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy covering in total 486 hours of training via different learning methods: direct tutor training, video demonstrations, practice, interactive online course modules, post-course reading with assessed online tests and case formulation submissions. The course is designed to largely be based on a 50:50 Theory/Skills split. Through these means, the course enables students to achieve a proficiency in CBT and receive a Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT (MPD CBT) completion.

An overview is available here:

The structure of the Diploma is modular. Each module is designed to be an individual self-contained course on a chosen topic. Most are designed around problem areas, whilst others look at strategies, techniques and professional/ethical issues. All modules are designed in such a way that they can be taken in any order or individually, although it is recommended that you take the Introductory 3 day Certificate EITHER first OR close to your first few Diploma modules.

Individual course modules are open access. However the Diploma as a whole is designed for those with a first degree and is taught at a university post-graduate level.

We allow you to complete the modules of the course at your own pace according to your personal circumstances although typically it is anticipated that this should be completed over a 1-2 year period. Fees operate as EITHER discounted payment for the whole Diploma in advance OR on a module by module basis.

Specific Case Formulations form part of the self-directed skills element of the Diploma. There are fourteen of such modules representing a total of twenty eight case formations and treatment plans that require submission. Further Details about Case Formulations

Each of the twenty four training modules has an assessed reading list (Evidenced Reading) attached to it. Chapters, articles and web pages typically have public domain availability minimising the need to purchase books for the course. Each reading list is assessed via an online test which are designed as simple methods of checking that reading has occurred and been understood rather than as an onerous obstacle that students should be expected to “cram” for. The tests may be taken as many times as is necessary in order to reach the Pass mark (which is 75%). Further Details about Evidenced Reading

Our course tutors are all Accredited CBT Therapists and/or Accredited CBT Tutors, are extensively experienced both as practitioners and CBT Trainers. The course Clinical Lead is Prof Paul Grantham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of SDS Seminars.

Certificate Outline

Total Days: 34

Total Hours: 486

  • Courses 238 Hours
  • Case Formulation 56 Hours
  • Evidenced Reading 192 Hours

Certificate Payment Options

You have two payment options:

Option 1:

Spread the cost - pay per course as you go along:
Total RRP £6805 + vat (£8166)
Total if paid at EBD prices £6465 + vat (£7758)

Option 2:

Pay for the whole course: £5190 (£6228).

To Book the Full Certificate, please call the office: 01825 763710

SDS Accreditation Levels for CBT Training

SDS Accreditation, Level 1

SDS Accreditation, Level 1 (CBT Practitioner, Foundation Stage) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending the CBT: Introductory Course, completing the relevant Evidence Reading Module and passing the online test.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate, and enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 1 (Foundation) Accreditation as a CBT Practitioner, and use PCBT (Foundation) qualification in your title.

Without further training, your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statement. However, continuing training in CBT with SDS Seminars after the completion of your CBT Introductory Course enables you to extend this accreditation beyond the initial expiration date. (Full list of the appropriate training courses is available from SDS Seminars Ltd). Should you let your accreditation lapse, you need to retake CBT: Introductory Course.

SDS Accreditation, Level 2

SDS Accreditation Level 2 Techniques (Essential CBT Techniques with Assessed Academic Competence) means you have completed all the hours required by the Essential CBT Techniques Certificate and also passed all the Evidenced Reading online exams.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in Essential CBT Techniques, and enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation in Essential CBT Techniques qualification (ET CBT AAC).

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statement. This level of accreditation is renewable by continuing training in CBT with SDS Seminars after the completion of your Certificate. (Full list of the appropriate training courses is available from SDS Seminars Ltd).

SDS Accreditation Level 2 Skills (Essential CBT Skills with Assessed Academic Competence) means you have completed all the hours required by Essential CBT Skills Certificate and also passed all the Evidenced Reading online exams.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in Essential CBT Skills, and enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation in Essential CBT Skills qualification in your title (ES CBT AAC).

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statement. This level of accreditation is renewable by continuing training in CBT with SDS Seminars after the completion of your Certificate. (Full list of the appropriate training courses is available from SDS Seminars Ltd).

SDS Accreditation, Level 3

SDS Accreditation, Level 3 (Master Practitioner in CBT, Assessed Academic Competence) means you have completed all the hours required by SDS Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT and also passed all the online exams.

You obtain this level of accreditation by completing SDS’ modular Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT, by completing the relevant Evidenced Reading and Case Formulation modules, and by passing all the online tests associated with the Diploma.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT, and also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 3 (Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation as a Master Practitioner in CBT and use MPCBT (AAC) qualification in your title.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 5 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources. This level of accreditation is renewable by continuing training in CBT with SDS Seminars after the completion of your Certificate. (Full list of the appropriate training courses is available from SDS Seminars Ltd).

SDS Accreditation, Level 4

SDS Accreditation, Level 4 (Master Practitioner in CBT, Clinical Proficiency) is as Level 3, with the addition of:

A work-based assignment set by SDS of between 4,000 and 5,000 words. The assignment is designed to help you demonstrate your ability to apply the learning you have proved at Level 2 to a clinical situation in a considered way. You receive feedback on the case you submit, regardless of whether or not it reaches the required standard. a written statement from your Clinical Supervisor confirming the regularity and duration of your supervision with them and your Competence as a clinician practicing CBT. Your Clinical Supervisor should meet our qualification criteria. The purpose of this statement is to confirm your clinical Competence as a CBT practitioner and to ensure that your practice is regularly supervised and meets required standards. This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT, and enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 4(Clinical Proficiency) Accreditation as a Master Practitioner in CBT and use MPCBT(CP) qualification in your title.

You will also be given an option to be listed in the SDS Register of CBT Practitioners – our Network of Qualified CBT Practitioners.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 5 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources. This level of accreditation is renewable by continuing training in CBT with SDS Seminars after the completion of your Certificate. (Full list of the appropriate training courses is available from SDS Seminars Ltd).

  • I am interested in some of the topics which are part of the Diploma course. I am not sure at the moment whether I want to do the Diploma.

    Absolutely no problem. Each course is designed to be an individual self-contained day or days on a chosen topic. All modules are designed in such a way that they can be taken in any order or individually. You don’t have to be a Diploma course participant to attend the individual training days. All modules will obviously be from a CBT perspective, so that a familiarity with basic CBT concepts (either from the Introductory Certificate) or from elsewhere is an advantage but not essential.

  • Are these courses suitable for me just as individual training days on the chosen topic?

    Absolutely. Each course is designed to be an individual self-contained day or days on a chosen topic.

  • I would eventually like to do a Diploma in CBT, but am not registered on the course at the moment. If I took the courses one by one, would they be able to count towards the Diploma later on?

    The individual modules can be taken independently and accumulated towards the Diploma gradually. You don’t need to commit to the whole Diploma straightaway. SDS Seminars retains an individual delegate log of modules taken, which is available to the named delegate on request to enable them to see how they are progressing towards full completion of the Diploma.

  • Is there any particular order in which I need to attend the modules?

    The order of the modules is flexible. However, it is highly recommended (but not essential) that you attend BPS Approved SDS’ “CBT: Introductory Course” as early as possible. Subsequent modules will extend skills and knowledge covered within this course.

  • Is it possible to take all the modules at one location?

    The Introductory Certificate course runs in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Currently the Master Practitioner Diploma course is based in Central London at the British Psychological Society Headquarters near Old Street tube station. This is 2 tube stops from Kings Cross and 3 stops from Euston for those travelling from outside London to the course. However, please note additionally that nine of the twenty four training modules of the Master Practitioner Diploma are available online. However, the vast majority of modules is also available via SDS Interactive Webcasting System or as Online Courses that you can do from anywhere in the world.

  • What if I have completed all of the modules but one or two and they are not currently in the calendar?

    There will only be rare instances when this might happen. We are aiming to rotate the modules in such a way that you can attend all of them within a one to two year period.

  • Can anyone attend the individual courses and complete the full Diploma? (Admission Criteria)

    Individual course modules are open access. However the Diploma as a whole is designed for those with a first degree and is taught at a university post-graduate level.

  • I am interested in the Diploma in CBT, however as I have done an introductory training at another training centre or university - could I proceed to the other modules?

    Unfortunately, our experience has shown that there is such a huge degree of variation between the courses that we cannot accept other (non-SDS) introductory CBT courses towards the Diploma. Many are either too generic in nature (in our opinion) or are strictly Cognitive Therapy courses (rather than Cognitive Behaviour Therapy courses). This can mean that it is often difficult for such students to understand terminology or approaches referred to in the Diploma. Additionally, the Diploma is Approved by the British Psychological Society as a whole and no parts of it can be missed or replaced by other courses.

  • Could you let me know the exact duration of the course – I will probably have to work while doing this so need to see if it’s financially reasonable to do?

    Time scale for completion of the course is flexible. However, we typically expect you to complete it within 12 – 18 months from the date of the first module you attend. All Individual modules are available to attend at least once during this time period. Please allow time in your planning for online modules and self-directed components (CF and ER). In general, we do not put any limit on the time period you complete the whole Diploma within. However, SDS cannot guarantee that the Diploma will run in perpetuity, therefore, delaying completion beyond 24 months (2 years) from your first module is done at your own risk.

  • Is there a time limit on completion of the self-directed modules like Evidence-Reading and Case Formulations?

    Yes. You are expected to complete each self-directed module within 2 months of your payment. In exceptional circumstances this time might be extended, by prior arrangement. SDS will not accept your work if you go outside the time limit without informing us in advance and agreeing it with us. Unauthorised delay will result in repeated payment for the self-directed module. Additionally it is strongly recommended that you complete case formulations relating to a topic (eg. Depression) within a month or two of completing the training module on the topic. If you fail to do this you are more likely to find it difficult to apply your knowledge from the training module to your case formulations and thus increase your likelihood of having to resubmit your case formulations.

  • What will be my time commitments when I enrol on this course?

    The course consists of 24 training modules one-, two- and three-day face-to-face courses (only ‘CBT: Introductory Course’ runs for 3 days) and online courses. Usually there are 2 – 3 days of face-to-face training modules per month (assuming an 8-10 month working year). There are self-directed modules in the Diploma – ER and CF. These typically take between 4 – 8 hours per module. The whole Diploma is designed as part-time training in such a way that it should allow you to continue your job without any major interruptions.

  • Could you advise me on the academic criteria that need to be met in order to pass the full course?

    As the Diploma Course is modular, the academic criteria vary for different modules:

    • The Training Modules typically require attendance only.
    • The self – directed Evidenced Reading Modules rely on a 75% pass rate of online multiple-entry tests.
    • Case Formulation Modules are qualitatively assessed by SDS Tutors on a pass/fail basis with up to 2 re-submissions per module.

    All information about the completed (and passed) modules is accumulated in the individual log for each delegate.

  • What are the supervision requirements of the Master Practitioner Diploma course?

    To be awarded the Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT you need to fulfil the requirements outlined. It is strongly recommended that you seek out regular clinical supervision from an Accredited CBT Therapist as well as engage in peer discussion. It is typically only through such means that students are most successfully able to apply the course to their practice and to practice safely. However, it is not essential to receive supervision to complete the Master Practitioner Diploma.

  • I would like to know how I can get supervision and how much it will cost me.

    There are two choices regarding supervision for this course:

    • Applicants can make their own arrangements for a supervisor. OR
    • Send a one page CV to SDS Seminars with an expression of interest in obtaining CBT supervision. SDS Seminars will forward this to a selection of Accredited CBT therapists that it can recommend as supervisors. However, such supervision arrangements are totally independent of SDS Seminars and are an arrangement between the prospective supervisor and student – both contractually and financially. SDS Seminars accepts no liability or responsibility regarding any aspect of such a process nor does it guarantee that such a supervisory relationship can be provided. Such clinical supervision – should it be arranged – is most commonly Skype based. Equally – if you sign up for the whole Diploma course but would like to make your own supervision arrangements – you are free to do so. Read more...
  • Can I call myself a CBT Therapist after I complete the Master Practitioner Diploma?

    The title “CBT Therapist” is currently NOT a protected term in the UK and for this reason any practitioner can call themselves a CBT Therapist.

    However, SDS Seminars Ltd does NOT see it as good practice for any practitioner to call themselves a “CBT Therapist” without extensive training such as that provided by the BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT or similar. SDS Seminars Ltd strongly supports the principle that anyone describing themselves as a “CBT Therapist” or “using CBT in their practice” should obtain regular supervision from an Accredited CBT Therapist.

    SDS Seminars Ltd supports the principle that students of its own short CBT courses (no less than 20 hrs +), as well as those provided by other training organisations that SDS directly recommends, can use the following terms on completion: “use CBT in my practice”, “incorporate CBT into my practice”, “draw on CBT in my practice”, “trained in elements of CBT” - assuming they are receiving ongoing clinical supervision from an Accredited CBT Therapist.

    SDS supports the principle that students of its own longer CBT courses (e.g. CBT Master Practitioner Diploma Course), as well as those provided by other training providers that SDS directly recommends for this purpose, can use the following terms: “CBT Therapist” or “Master Practitioner in CBT” - assuming they are receiving ongoing clinical supervision from an Accredited CBT Therapist.

    SDS has no objection to students calling themselves “CBT Therapists” if they have received extensive CBT training from one or a variety of quality training sources - assuming they are receiving ongoing clinical supervision from an Accredited CBT Therapist.

  • Can I become an Accredited CBT Therapist if I complete the Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT?

    The question of accreditation as a CBT therapist in the UK is a complex one. Students are recommended to examine the BABCP website for criteria for BABCP accreditation.

    SDS Seminars offers its own Accreditation in CBT.

  • What sort of quality control processes does SDS Seminars use for its courses?

    All SDS CBT training courses are quality controlled, assessed and informed by the latest research and practice principles. THE CBT Certificate and Master Practitioner Diploma have passed the British Psychological Society Approval process according to their five Quality Standards. All SDS CBT training courses are ONLY provided by Accredited CBT Therapists. All CBT courses (provided by other quality training providers) that SDS directly recommends have also passed an SDS consensus based quality threshold.

  • What does British Psychological Society Approval for this course mean?

    SDS Seminar’s Master Practitioner Diploma is Approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The British Psychological Society is established by Royal Charter and is the Keeper of the Register of Chartered Psychologists. BPS Approval means that the full Master Practitioner Diploma course meets the Society’s five course quality standards. Delegates who complete the Diploma will receive their Certificates with the BPS Logo and the Approval Statement. In addition to that SDS’ three days Certificate Course CBT: Introductory Course that can be taken individually or as part of the Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT, is also Approved by The British Psychological Society. These courses can be found on BPS website.