CSST Part 1: Certificate in Single-Session Therapy with Professor Windy Dryden - Part 1

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).

0 days 2:00pm – 3:00pm 27 CPD hours

Course Brief

This Certificate is the first in the world in Single-Session Therapy and consists of two modules: CSST Part 1 and CSST Part 2.

CSST Part 1 and Part 2 have passed the Approval process by The British Psychological Society (BPS) according to the BPS’ 5 quality criteria.

Completion of CSST Part 1 and Part 2 is a pre-requisite to being accepted for training Supervision with Professor Dryden prior to eligibility for Accreditation by the Association of Single-Session Therapy (ASST)

IMPORTANT: To secure a place on CSST Part 1 and Part 2 applicants MUST (1) Book a course place AND (2) Submit a completed application form downloadable from here (PDF) and email it to info@sds-seminars.com. No place is secured until BOTH are received AND confirmation is sent by SDS Seminars

CSST Part 1

Who can do the Certificate?

  1. Those whose practice is based on helping people through some form of “professional talking relationship” and who already have professional indemnity insurance for people based talking professions. Provision of and acceptance by SDS Seminars of the details of appropriate professional indemnity insurance is a condition of acceptance on the course.
  2. Anyone who is able to obtain professional insurance from companies like Oxygen Insurance, for what they call “people based professions”, which they list and is very broad covering Coaches, Educational Consultants, as well as those in the more recognised and established psychology professions. Currently we are sadly not able to offer training to those whose professional qualification is solely as a mediator - http://www.oxygeninsurance.com/professional-sectors/s/

Course Structure

CSST Part 1 consists of 27 hours of online lectures and direct tutorials:

  • Students attend online lectures at times of their choice
  • At the end they must take an online test and pass it with an 80% mark
  • Live tutorials with Professor Windy Dryden are available to all CSST students. Their attendance is voluntary, but highly advisable, if you want to progress and succeed with Part 2 of the Certificate.

Part 1 Costs: Regular Price £1260 + vat, watch out for the special offers on this course here

Full Course Outline

CSST Part 1 consists of two components:

  • Online training with a final exam – can be done at any time, convenient to you
  • Live Tutorials – available monthly on Zoom

Online Training Outline:

  • CSST 1.1 Introductions and Expectations: 30 min Online Training – Paul Grantham, Julia Budnik
  • CSST 1.2 What is SST: Nature, Origins and Developments; 1 Hour Online Training – Windy Dryden
  • CSST 1.3 Overview of the Principles and Practice of SST (part 1); 2 Hours Online Training - WD
  • CSST 1.4 Overview of the Principles and Practice of SST (part 2); 2 Hours Online Training - WD
  • CSST 1.5 Demonstration of SST (1); 2 Hours Online – WD and Client 1
  • CSST 1.8 What Constitutes Good and Bad Practice in SST; 2 Hours Online Training - WD
  • CSST 1.9 Understanding the Context of SST and Dissemination; 2 Hours Online Training - WD
  • CSST 1.10 Demonstration of SST(2); 2 Hours Online – WD and Client 2
  • CSST 1.11 The Suitability Question (for Clients and Therapists) & Understanding the Process of SST; 2 Hours Online Training - WD
  • CSST 1.12 Setting-Up SST and Helping Both the Therapist and the Client to Get the Most Out of the Session; 2 Hours Online Training - WD
  • CSST 1.14 Demonstration of SST (III); 2 Hours Online – WD and Client 3
  • CSST 1.15 What Gets Covered in a Session? 2 Hours Online Training - WD
  • CSST 1.16 Follow-up in SST; 2 Hours Online Training - WD
  • CSST 1.17 Doubts, Reservations and Objections (DROs) to SST (2) (- DROs held by therapists generally); 2 Hours Online Training - WD
  • CSST 1.19 Course Review and Next Steps, 30 min Online Training – Paul Grantham, Julia Budnik
  • Online Exam – 80% pass rate - 1 Hour

Total: 27 Hours

Once you’ve signed up to this course you are getting free access to exclusive monthly Live SST Tutorials with Professor Windy Dryden.

These tutorials are only available to current participants of Certificate in CSST and those who have completed this Certificate.

CSST Tutorials consist of:

  • Brief Introduction by Professor Windy Dryden
  • Live demonstration of SST by Professor Windy Dryden and/or Pair Practice by the Participants
  • Q&As
  • Closing remarks

To become eligible to participate in CSST Part 2, you need to complete the online course and pass the online exam. Participation in live tutorials is highly advisable and strongly recommended as it increases your chances of passing the practical Part 2 of the Certificate. However, if you are confident that you get enough practice of SST independently, you can book your place on CSST Part 2 without attending the tutorials.

Course Reading list:

The main course book is:

  • Dryden, W. (2019). Single-session therapy: 100 Key Points and techniques. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. [SST: 100KTP]

  • Professor Dryden’s latest book is recommended as a good overview:

    • Dryden, W. (2020). The single-session counselling primer: Principles and practice. Ross-on-Wye, PCCS Books.
  • Moshe Talmon’s ground-breaking book is recommended as background reading:

    • Talmon, M. (1990): Single-session therapy: Maximising the effect of the first (and often only) therapeutic encounter. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (copies are available on amazon.co.uk)

Other reading suggestions will be made during the course

SDS Accreditation in Single Session Therapy (SST)


Foundation Stage, Level 1

Level 1 (Foundation Stage) is the level you obtain by attending the SST: Introductory Course (Min 1 full day) with SDS Seminars or any other organisations who commissioned this training directly from Professor Dryden.

This level gives you a Certificate of Attendance, and enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 1 (Foundation) in Single Session Therapy, and use SST Level 1 (Foundation) qualification in your title.

Without further training, your Level 1 certificate currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statement. However, continuing training in SST with SDS Seminars after the completion of your SST Introductory Course enables you to extend this accreditation beyond the initial expiration date. Should you let your accreditation lapse, you need to retake SST: Introductory Course.


SDS Accreditation, Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence)

SDS Accreditation Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) means you have completed all the hours required by the CSST Part 1 and also passed the online exam.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in SST (Part 1), and enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation in SST qualification (SST 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 SST with SDS Seminars after the completion of your Certificate and attending SST monthly Tutorials.


SDS Accreditation, Level 3 (Assessed Competent Practitioner)

SDS Accreditation, Level 3 (Assessed Competent Practitioner) means you have completed all the hours required by CSST Part 1 and 2, and passed the online exam and practice observation (in Part 2 CSST).

This level of accreditation gives you a full BPS Approved Certificate in Single Session Therapy, and also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 3 (Assessed Competent Practitioner) Accreditation and use SST ACP qualification in your title.

You will also be given an option to be listed in the SDS Register of SST Practitioners – our Network of Qualified SST 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 SST with SDS Seminars after the completion of your Certificate via regular attendance of free monthly SST tutorials.


SDS Accreditation, Level 4 (Master Practitioner in SST, Proficiency)

SDS Accreditation, Level 4 (Master Practitioner in SST, Proficiency) is as Level 3, with the addition of a written statement from your SST Clinical Supervisor confirming the regularity and duration of your supervision with them (min 4 times per calendar year) and your Competence as a clinician practicing SST. Your SST Clinical Supervisor should meet our qualification criteria. The purpose of this statement is to confirm your clinical Competence as a SST practitioner and to ensure that your practice is regularly supervised and meets required standards.

This level of accreditation enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 4 (Proficiency) Accreditation as a Master Practitioner in SST and use MPSST-P qualification in your title.

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

This level of accreditation can be confirmed by annual submission of the aforementioned statement of your SST Supervisor.

Course Tutor

Prof Windy Dryden
Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies

Windy Dryden, Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London was one of the first people in the UK to be trained in CBT, and was the first Professor of Counselling in the UK.The author or editor of 200 books and over 700 scholarly articles on CBT and Counselling he offers a uniquely informed perspective on CBT and psychotherapy.