CBT for Couples

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).

2 days 9:30am – 4:30pm 14 CPD hours

Course Brief


This two day course draws on Epstein & Baucom’s (2002) model and work with couples identifying an introductory structure for assessment, formulation and treatment of couples relationship problems as well as common difficult to manage therapeutic obstacles such as sexual unfaithfulness (including an unwillingness to disclose), deciding on a therapeutic focus and how to sequence interventions.

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.


Issues covered include:

  • Differences and similarities between CBT for couples and individual “Classic 2nd Wave” CBT
  • Common problem behavioural patterns eg. Demand/Withdrawal cycles and Negative Reciprocity
  • Common problem belief areas inc. those around trust, intimacy, assertiveness, interpersonal style and power/authority
  • Session structuring, style and the balance between individual and couple work
  • The application of CBT strategies within couples work such as Socratic Questioning, Cognitive Restructuring, Homework Tasks and Behavioural Experiments
  • Therapeutic Exercises around Guided Behavioural Change and Communication Skills
  • Ending therapeutic involvement

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

Title: CBT for Couples

Modality: CBT

CPD Hours Attached: 14 CPD Hours


Click here for the full SDS Accreditation terms for the BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT: https://skillsdevelopment.co.uk/certificates/cbt_diploma/

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.