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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training courses

If you want Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training of the highest standard then you have found it. APT has a long-established tradition of being at the forefront of CBT; running our first Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course in 1983 and expanding ever since, we have probably introduced more professionals to CBT than anyone else in the UK.

Our APT-accredited CBT training is available 'Onsite' (we come to you), 'Online' (via the web), or attend the 'CBT Essentials' course in Leicester.

CBT Essentials (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

A 3-day course (2-day and online versions available).

The UK's favourite introduction to this powerful, evidence-based technique.

Now in its latest form this course has introduced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to thousands of people in the UK ever since 1983. It addresses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a way that you can use after the course. It covers: the history and meaning of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, conceptualising cases in CBT terms, the format of a standard CBT session, and the most important CBT techniques. All in a way that applies it constantly to practical examples.

CBT on the Move: The BITS® Course

A 2-day course.

Many of the best professionals working in mental health and related fields rarely sit down for formal 45 minute sessions with their clients. Rather, the way they work is much more suited to informal interactions lasting a few minutes and taking place as and when it is convenient. Unfortunately, sometimes these interactions rarely get beyond the "How are things going?" stage.

The BITS 5-minute therapy approach takes the view that many clients value these occasional, brief and informal interactions very highly. Hence the BITS 5-minute approach has been developed as an interface between the majority of professionals who need to work this way and the majority of clients who rather like this way of working.

The APT Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

A course we bring to your organisation for up to 15 people to attend, providing 200 hours of focused training, examinations of the knowledge gained, and projects associated with each of the specialised modules. The design of the course is intended to help delegates in their application for BABCP accreditation if they wish to pursue this and automatically gains you APT Level 3* accreditation in each of the subjects you pass. Above all it is designed to make you a more knowledgeable and effective clinician.

Extended Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

A course for up to 12 people, providing 66-200 hours of training, depending on how you specify it. Includes exams, and projects to be completed at work, leading to appropriate APT accreditation. (Online version also available.)

This extended course starts with the 3-day 'CBT Essentials' course, followed by at least 4 (no maximum) of the specialist 2-day Cognitive Behavioural Therapy courses below (each separated by 4-6 weeks). It includes exams after each module, and projects to complete between modules. Successful completion of each exam leads to Level 2 accreditation in that topic. Successful completion of each 2-4,000 word project leads to Level 3* accreditation in that topic.

Mindfulness-Based CBT

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

Mindfulness, and, more recently, mindfulness-based CBT, have had a major - and welcome - impact on the therapeutic world.

This course concentrates much more on Mindfulness than it does on CBT. So it explains why Mindfulness meditation is likely help recurrently depressed people, looks briefly at the published evidence that confirms that it can, and the NICE guidelines that commend it, but spends most of the time in experiential exercises and in discussing those exercises. There is a small amount of lecture input, but listening to lectures on Mindfulness is not a sensible pastime so the course focuses on understanding Mindfulness, acquiring the ability to practise Mindfulness meditation, and the ability to convey it to others.

To attend any of the following Cognitive Behavioural Therapy courses, delegates should be thoroughly familiar with the key concepts in CBT (see the CBT Essentials course if you are not familiar with these concepts)

CBT for Depression

A 3-day course. (2-day and online versions also available.)

Depression is the common cold of mental health; it is widespread and we haven't been good at treating it, until now.

Depression has a range of insidious and unpleasant effects including sadness, behavioural apathy, biological aspects including sleep disturbance, cognitive deficits of concentration etc, and an impaired ability to function socially. Little wonder then that it causes such distress. This course covers the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy solutions to depression.

CBT for Anxiety, Stress and Worry

A 3-day course. (2-day and online versions also available.)

Stress and worry ruin the lives of thousands of people, and yet there are effective techniques to counteract it.

An increasing number of people have reported feelings of 'stress', often stemming from a particular worry which then generalises to cover virtually the whole of the person's waking - and sleeping - hours. This effectively wrecks the quality of the person's life, and often of those around them. This course aims to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy solutions to this, including where the stress is 'real'.

CBT for Panic

A 3-day course. (2-day and online versions also available.)

Panic is devastating for those who suffer from it, and the techniques for dealing with it are specific to it and very effective.

Panic is underrated by those who have never experienced it. Typically, it virtually disables the person during the attack; they feel as though they are seriously ill, cannot see properly, and may not be able to control themselves. It is usually associated with agoraphobia as the sufferer does not wish to venture far from 'safety'. This course aims to cover the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy strategies both for panic and related agoraphobia.


A 3-day course. (2-day and online versions also available.)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder usually takes over the sufferer's life, and it is the behavioural element of CBT that come to the fore in treating it.

An obsession is where the person has a fixed idea that is distressing (e.g. that their hands are contaminated and will lead to a serious illness or death) and a compulsion to perform a particular behaviour (in this case, probably to wash their hands). This often has a ritualistic nature to it (e.g. to wash 3 times) and the whole syndrome can devastate a person's life both in terms of time, relationships, and finances. This course covers the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy solutions to OCD.

CBT for Anger and Irritability

A 3-day course. (2-day and online versions also available.)

Frequent irritability is a demanding condition which requires the therapist to be at home with all elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Being irritable and angry is remarkably common, and can devastate the sufferer's life in terms of broken relationships, employment, general enjoyment, and, sometimes, criminal conviction. It can be a complicated area with a range of variations, and this course aims to give a comprehensive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy solution.

CBT Plus, with Alcohol and Substance Misuse

A 3-day course. (Online version also available)

When use of mood altering substances gets out of control it ruins the person's life - until we help them regain control.

The maladaptive use of mood altering substances (importantly, including alcohol) may easily devastate the life of the user and of those around them. Although onset may be insidious the effect can be far reaching and difficult to reverse without skilled and determined intervention. This course covers the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy solutions.

CBT for Eating Disorders

A 3-day course. (2-day and online versions also available.)

Tragically, some eating disorders have a very high mortality rate. And yet there are usually good ways of treating them.

Eating Disorders pose a tremendous threat to an individual's physical and mental well-being and are usually a source of great concern to friends, family and professionals alike. This course looks at the full range of eating disorder presentations, and recognises that many individuals present in ways that don't perfectly fit any of the diagnostic categories. The course addresses the complex causes of an individual's eating disorder alongside validated and evidence-based cognitive behavioural understanding and techniques for successful intervention.


A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is literally a life changing disorder. It is famously difficult to treat, yet Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can produce impressive results.

Experiencing a life-threatening event can leave the person with effects including: persistently re-experiencing the event (e.g. intrusive thoughts and images of it), a numbing of general responsiveness (e.g. less interest in significant activities and a feeling of detachment from others), persistent hyperarousal (e.g. difficulty sleeping, irritability, exaggerated startle response) adding up to significant distress or impaired functioning. This course examines effective Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based interventions (a) to ameliorate these effects and (b) to greatly improve the patient's quality of life where some effects cannot be mitigated.

CBT for Personality Disorder

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

Personality Disorder causes distress both to the individual concerned and those around them.

And yet it is so poorly understood even by professionals that the term 'Personality Disorder' is sometimes used as little more than a term to describe patients who have consistently frustrated those who are trying to help them. This course is designed to provide delegates with (a) a proper understanding of personality disorder and (b) professional and effective ways of responding to the most difficult behaviours that people with personality disorder produce, and (c) a clear and systematic sequence of steps to consistently deliver successful Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based interventions.

CBT for Suicidality

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

Suicide is one of the major mental health problems, in terms of causing 'lost years of life' it outranks virtually every physical disease.

It is something that frightens many therapists who may only think to 'have the person admitted'. This often simply delays the problem: within one month of discharge is a key time for suicide. If the patient is already admitted, the problem is obvious. This course aims to have us relish the prospect of seeing people who are suicidal, because we will know what to do: we will notice them, we will be able to manage their suicidality, we will be able to give them hope, and we will be able to deliver on that hope.

CBT for Self Harm

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

It is estimated that about 10% of adolescents in the UK self harm, resulting in around 24,000 hospital admissions annually.

And it is not confined to adolescents. Self-harm is a common and distressing behaviour for those who do it and for those around them - including professionals. This course addresses it directly and effectively, showing (a) how to develop an understanding of why some people self-harm in spite of the distress it causes, (b) learn a clear sequence of steps that are necessary in treating people who self harm, and (c) how to provide support for the person when you are not available, and support for yourself when you need it.

A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders gives a clear framework in which to analyse and work with most offenders.

It is an approach that is increasingly being recognised as giving very good results when well delivered. An underlying principle is that the offenders' behaviour (like that of everyone) depends largely on the five Be-BEST factors involved in modern Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. If we can change those factors then we can usually also change the offending. This course aims to provide those working with offenders with sufficient knowledge of a cognitive approach to enable them to apply it safely to their caseload.

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Susan Wyles, Senior Practitioner (The APT Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

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Stephen Jill, Community Psychiatric Nurse (Extended Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

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Brian Swann, Acute Care Nurse (CBT for Depression)

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Judith Sulivan, Psychotherapist (CBT for Anxiety, Stress and Worry)

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Joanna Dadge, Practice Nurse/Counsellor (CBT for Panic)

"Excellently presented. Loved the variation of exercises, lectures, videos, role plays etc. Fab!"

Course Delegate (CBT for OCD)

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Robert Donald, Project Worker (CBT plus, with Alcohol and Substance Misuse)

"Brilliant - best training ever! The tutor is very knowledgeable, explained things well and was approachable etc etc. Thoroughly enjoyed it and found it so relevant to my job - increased my confidence. Thank you so much!"

Robert Donald, Project Worker (CBT for Eating Disorders)

"CBT is becoming a part of my natural style now. Once the course end I will need to consolidate, use the resources and supervision to step on further. All counsellors within the NHS should at least do this level of course."

Course Delegate (The APT Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

"My expectation of the course has been surpassed. The whole course start to finish was paced perfectly. I felt comfortable, relaxed and learned so much. I look forward to the next step in becoming CBT qualified. The tutor was fantastic - thank you so much."

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"Without a doubt one of the most motivating and interesting courses I have ever done in some time."

Senga Pryor, Staff Nurse (The BITS™ Course)

"I loved and enjoyed the course. As always it has given me a lot to work with - I always (in most cases) use the course material in my work as soon as I get it. My clients love it and I love it as well."

Coleen Kingston, PTP (Extended Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

"This course was excellent. It certainly changed my perspective of how to work with depression and depressed patients. I am looking forward to utilizing the skills I have learnt in these two days to improve my practice of working."

Neale, Turner, CPN (CBT with Depression)

"It has been a fantastic course. Very informative and a lot of information delivered at a good pace. The tutor has great skills of engagement and a huge knowledge base. I feel I have gained numerous useful tools to use with clients. The tutor gives you confidence to use these tools."

Celia Clark, Counsellor (CBT with Stress and Worry)

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Bernadette Keogh, Head of Mental Health (CBT for Panic)

"Found the tutor engaging and enthusiastic about the topic. T be able actively participate in the sessions aided my learning and helped make the experience enjoyable and rewarding. The final exercise was particularly useful for bringing together the learning over the two days."

Course Delegate (CBT for OCD)

"Awesome would describe this course. Has a brilliant wow factor. So much good information and discussion during these two days. The tutor was incredible, somebody who imparts knowledge and helpful skills so readily and easily. I most certainly will be using this course in my daily practice and for the benefit of the mental health population I work with."

Neale Turner, CPN (CBT for Anger and Irritability)

"I have really enjoyed the course, I have found it very interesting and beneficial as a practitioner."

Mel Evison, Drug and Alcohol Practitioner (CBT plus, with Alcohol and Substance Misuse)

"Excellent training course. I feel so much equipped to treat disorders and really valued the case discussion/ sharing examples of good practice. The tutor did an excellent job in presenting to a diverse audience and making the information accessible to all."

Richard King, Psychological Therapist (The APT Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

"After all the years of learning bits and pieces about CBT I finally understand it. Wonderfully taught, I enjoyed it very much. Thank you."

Joanne Stuart, Assistant Psychologist (CBT Essentials)

"An excellent and well presented course that was highly relevant to my clinical area. I will certainly be using the skills I have learnt back on the wards. Thank you."

Ben Gough, HCSW (The BITS™ Course)

"Highly motivational, I feel enthusiastic and empowered by the knowledge gained. I have thoroughly enjoyed each module and would recommend it to others."

Alan O'Brien, CPN (Extended Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

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Dr Jane Buckley, Senior Educational Psychologist (CBT with Depression)

"The whole course was excellent. I got so much from it and will continue to use it in my work. I'm sorry it has come to an end and would have liked to have gone further. The tutor was 'top class'. Thank you."

Doreen Reynolds, CSW (CBT with Anxiety, Stress and Worry)

"Amazing... loved it! Very well put together. Excellently delivered. Soooo informative."

Bernadette Keogh, Head of Mental Health (CBT with Panic)


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