Behavioural Experiments

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

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

1 day 7 CPD hours

Course Brief


Many of our clients have negative beliefs about themselves, others and the world. They make negative predictions which inhibit them from flourishing and which maintain their anxiety, low mood or poor self-esteem. Behavioural experiments are a key technique for helping clients to discover the reality behind their beliefs and to achieve successful personal change. This practical one day course will enable delegates to learn how to successfully design and use behavioural experiments with their clients, hence adding a powerful psychotherapeutic tool to their armoury.


Issues covered include:

  • Different types of behavioural experiment and how to choose between them
  • How to avoid common pitfalls with behavioural experiments
  • Designing experiments for hard to test beliefs e.g. “I’ll die if I go out in a storm” or “I feel this way because God is punishing me”
  • Key principles to remember in pre-, during and post-experiment planning
  • Real case examples and outcomes

This Course is now available as a full recording with an online test via SDS Online Video Training (OVT)

Title: Behavioural Experiments

Modality: CBT

CPD Hours Attached: 7 CPD Hours


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Course Tutor

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine, Accredited CBT Therapist. He is the Founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

Recommended Materials

Behavioural Experiments (Essential CBT Skills Series) - 2 CPD Hours

DVD by Dr Tom Werner, Paul Grantham

Watch a live demonstration of the planning of a Behavioural Experiment in the context of CBT sessions followed by a detailed analysis and informed explanation by Accredited CBT therapists: Dr Tom Werner and Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham.

This video material is part of a training series on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that concentrates on introducing specific CBT techniques through a combination of demonstration, discussion and reflection.