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CBT Diploma

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Diploma.

We bring the APT Diploma in CBT to your own organisation for up to 15 people to attend, providing 200 hours of focused cognitive behavioural therapy training, examinations of the knowledge gained, and projects associated with each of the specialised CBT modules. The design of the CBT diploma 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.

People who attend this course normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Groups of professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to specialise in CBT, and be able to apply it to a range of conditions such as depression, panic, eating disorders, etc.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a unified high level of proficiency in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and others working in a variety of settings including: Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, IAPT services, and Substance Misuse.

Executive Summary:

The APT Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy provides you with 200 hours of training spread over 24 months. We bring the modules to you for a fixed fee, to save on travel and expenses costs, and to ensure you get a supportive group addressing the same material.

The first module covers CBT Essentials and prepares you for subsequent modules covering a wide range of topics from depression through to personality disorder.

So the CBT Essentials module covers topics such as: what cognitive behavioural therapy is and is not, examples of CBT techniques, how to structure Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions, how to evaluate your progress, the importance of supervision and how to get it, the different types of accreditation, their relative merits, and how to go about gaining it if you wish to. In other words, all the 'across the board' skills that are necessary no matter what problem a specific patient presents with.

The subsequent modules are either 2-days or 3-days in duration and cover:

After every module delegates have the opportunity to - and are expected to - do two things:

There is an interval of 4-6 weeks between each module.

The Exams:

Delegates sit exam papers corresponding to each of the modules taught. The exams are designed to be a thorough test of the knowledge elements of each of the modules and therefore - in assessment terms - intended to complement the projects, which test delegates' ability to apply that knowledge.

The projects:

Project One: assessment and case conceptualisation.

The assessment. This will contain all the information you have gathered, whether by interview or by examining the pre-existing notes on the person.

The case conceptualisation. This should include a clear account of (a) how the problems evolved, (b) what is maintaining the problems and (c) what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy elements you believe will be relevant in overcoming the problems. Subsequent projects require an account of CBT applied to the specialist area in question.

Subsequent projects: an account of CBT applied to the specialist area in question.

Subsequent projects each follow the same format, namely to write up the assessment and treatment of a patient who has the problem in question (depression, or worry, or substance misuse, etc). A good piece of work will contain the following:

Assessment and Accreditation:

Delegates obtain Level 1 APT-Accreditation for each module they attend.

Delegates obtain Level 2* APT-Accreditation in each subject they pass the exam in.

Delegates obtain Level 3 APT-Accreditation in each subject for which they pass the exam and submit a project which obtains a pass mark.

To be awarded the APT Diploma in CBT, candidates must attend 80% of the live taught modules, pass 90% of the exams (no more than one third of which were completed on the web), and submit and pass 4 written case studies.

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Diploma in CBT, and receive a certificate to this effect and accreditation which gains you access to the resources associated with the course.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation to use the resources lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher and associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

How can I make a booking?

Bring the course to your organisation:

Up to 15 people can attend this course, and we bring it to you for an all-inclusive fee. The cost of the APT Diploma in CBT is £3,850 plus VAT per 'sign up', with a minimum sign up of 10, and a maximum of 15.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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'Train the Trainer' - become a tutor for the course in your organisation.

If you are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to tutor the course in your own organisation, thereby saving your organisation 50% of the course fee each time you run it. To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click here.

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APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course. APT verifies the accreditation by publishing the delegates' average ratings of relevance and presentation-quality for all its accredited courses. The accreditation is given value by over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

CBT Courses and Resources


CBT Training Courses  ❯


CBT Essentials  ❯


CBT Diploma  ❯


Extended Training in CBT  ❯


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy  ❯


10-minute CBT: The BITS™ Course  ❯


CBT for Depression  ❯


CBT for Anxiety, Stress and Worry  ❯


CBT for Panic  ❯


CBT for OCD  ❯


CBT for Anger and Irritability  ❯


CBT Plus, with Alcohol & Substance Misuse  ❯


CBT for Eating Disorders  ❯


CBT for PTSD  ❯


CBT for Personality Disorder  ❯


CBT for Suicidality  ❯


CBT for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury  ❯


A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders  ❯


APT's Accreditation for Practitioners  ❯

Feedback Ratings

Feedback Ratings.

We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings, taken from the last ten modules that have taken place.

Average Presentation rating: 99%

Average Relevance rating: 99%



*These statistics were last updated in April 2017.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the The APT Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has received.

“This has got to be THE best course I have ever been on."

“This Diploma course has provided me with a treasure trove of knowledge and insight, both on a personal and professional level. I have renewed faith in the field of therapy. The tutors, who are also respected Clinical Psychologists, prove that passion, integrity and warmth are key personal qualities to possess as therapists and have taught me much more valuable knowledge than the subject of CBT alone. The course has been colourful and inspiring and has been an enriching life experience aside from the benefits it has brought me as a professional. Thank you so much!”

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