BPS Approved Essential CBT Skills

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

9 modules 16 days 212 hours

SDS Seminars offers a wide range of training programmes in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Approved by the British Psychological Society. They are modular programmes that enable you to build up your knowledge and skills gradually and achieve different levels of SDS CBT Accreditation within manageable financial and time commitments. Certificate in Essential CBT Skills course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive skills and theory based training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in most common diagnostic areas.

SDS Seminars offers a wide range of training programmes in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Approved by the British Psychological Society. They are modular programmes that enable you to build up your knowledge and skills gradually and achieve different levels of SDS CBT Accreditation within manageable financial and time commitments:

Certificate in Essential CBT Skills course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive skills and theory based training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in most common diagnostic areas. It includes CBT: Introductory Course and 8 (eight) additional modules delivered as direct training.

These modules are:

The Certificate covers in total 212 hours of training via different learning methods: direct tutor training, video demonstrations, practice, post-course reading with assessed online tests and case formulation submissions. An overview is available here.

The structure of the Certificate is modular. Each module is designed to be an individual self-contained course on a chosen topic. Most modules of this course are designed around problem areas, enabling you to gain in-depth understanding of CBT approaches to them. 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 Certificate module.

Individual course modules are open access. However the Certificate 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 year period. Fees operate as EITHER discounted payment for the whole Certificate in advance OR on a module by module basis.

Some of the course modules will require you to submit problem-based Case Formulation; all come with recommended further reading followed by an online assessment (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 Professor Paul Grantham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Certificate Outline

Total Days: 16

Total Hours: 212

  • Courses 112 Hours
  • Case Formulation 28 Hours
  • Evidenced Reading 72 Hours

Certificate Payment Options

You have two payment options:

Option 1:

Spread the cost - pay per course as you go along:
Total RRP £3235 + vat (£3882) Total if paid at EBD prices £3030 + vat (£3636)

Option 2:

Pay for the whole course: £2900 (£3480) plus receive 8 DVD Set on Essential CBT Skills Free of charge.

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).