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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Courses

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 as an individual.

CBT Essentials

CBT Essentials (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

A 3-day course. (Online version also 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.

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The BITS Course

10-minute CBT: 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 10-minute therapy approach takes the view that many clients value these occasional, brief and informal interactions very highly. Hence the BITS 10-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.

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CBT Diploma

The APT Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

204 hours.

A course we bring to your organisation for up to 15 people to attend, providing 204 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.

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Extended Training in CBT

Extended Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

66-200 hours.

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.

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* APT-Accreditation in that topic.

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Mindfulness Based CBT course

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

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.

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CBT for Depression

CBT for Depression.

A 3-day course. (2-day version 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.

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CBT for Stress and Worry

CBT for Anxiety, Stress & Worry.

A 3-day course. (2-day version 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'.

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CBT for Panic

CBT for Panic.

A 3-day course. (2-day version 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.

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CBT for OCD.

A 3-day course. (2-day version 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.

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CBT for Anger and Irritability

CBT for Anger & Irritability.

A 3-day course. (2-day version 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.

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CBT for Substance Misuse

CBT Plus, with Alcohol & Substance Misuse.

A 3-day course.

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.

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CBT for Eating Disorders

CBT for Eating Disorders.

A 3-day course. (2-day version 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.

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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.

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CBT for Personality Disorder

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.

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CBT for Suicidality

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.

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CBT for Self Harm

CBT with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: There Must be a Better Way.™

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

Stopping self harm and replacing it with something better.

The title of this course captures the philosophy behind it. Self-harm, though inexplicable to anyone who has never felt the urge to harm themselves, normally serves a very clear purpose. The secret of success is, therefore, to identify that purpose and achieve it in a less traumatic way. Simple in theory, far from simple in practice, this course examines exactly how to achieve it successfully.

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A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders

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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CBT Accreditation

APT's Accreditation for Practitioners.

APT offers various levels of Accreditation to professionals who have attended APT Training.

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