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CBT Training Course

CBT Essentials (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training).

CBT Essentials is a 3-day course from APT, a leading provider of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training courses in the UK and Ireland. We bring the course to your own organisation and train a group of 6-15 people, or you can attend the training as an individual or study it online. (Single days can also be commissioned/attended).

It is the only CBT training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course.

Executive Summary:

APT was one of the earliest organisations to teach CBT, starting in 1982, three years after the seminal book Cognitive Therapy of Depression was written by Beck, Rush, Shaw and Emery. Since that point, this course has constantly been one of the most attended of any of APT's courses. Constantly developing, this course was one of the first to systematically teach '5-factor CBT', also advocated by Padesky in the 'hot cross bun' and Linehan in DBT. Including not just emotions, behaviour and cognitions, the 5-factor approach adds biological factors and social/environmental factors into the mix, without which many conditions would not be addressed adequately.

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Who should attend this CBT course?

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

1. Professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to add CBT techniques to their repertoire.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a common approach to CBT or to their clinical work.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers and others working in a variety of settings including: Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, Older People, Substance Misuse, Forensic, Learning Disability, and Brain Injury.

The CBT Essentials course covers:

CBT Essentials consists of the three days described below. You may however attend any one, or any two of the three days, attending the other(s) later if you wish.


Day 1 (Module One)


Day 2 (Modules Two & Three)


Day 3 (Modules Four & Five)


What the CBT Essentials course will do for you:

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the 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 access this training?

Option 1: Bring the course to your organisation:

We bring this 3-day course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £4,390 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend.

Alternatively, order 2-days of the 3-day course for £3,250 plus VAT, or 1-day of the 3-day course for £1,750 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, email office@apt.ac, or click the button:

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Option 2: Attend the course as an individual:

CBT Essentials, full 3-day course.
(£450 plus VAT per person).

  27 February - 1 March 2019
  1-3 October 2019

Book to attend this 3-day course in Leicester

Attend day 1 (but not all three days): Creating the essential framework for successful CBT.
(£175 plus VAT per person):

  2 October 2018 Fully Booked
  27 February 2019
  1 October 2019

Book to attend Day One only

Attend day 2 (but not all three days): Behavioural & Biological CBT interventions for depression & anxiety.
(£175 plus VAT per person):

  3 October 2018 Fully Booked
  28 February 2019
  2 October 2019

Book to attend Day Two only

Attend day 3 (but not all three days): Environmental & Cognitive CBT interventions, for depression & anxiety.
(£175 plus VAT per person):

  4 October 2018 Fully Booked
  1 March 2019
  3 October 2019

Book to attend Day Three only

Venue: College Court, Knighton Road, Leicester, LE2 3UF. (Leicester is in the centre of England, approximately 1 hour by train from London, Sheffield, and Birmingham.)

The fee covers: tuition, workbook, lunch and refreshments each day, registration on the APT database, and certificate of accreditation/attendance.

Bookings: use the buttons above, or call (UK) 0116 241 8331.

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Option 3: Study the course online:

Suitable for individuals, groups of professionals, or whole departments/organisations, this course is available to study online and is based on APT’s live course of the same name which, in its live form provides 18 hours CPD (with peer approval).

This is a great opportunity to obtain APT-quality input and develop your professional knowledge at a time that is convenient to you and your organisation. Click here for more information about APT online training.

To buy now, click the button:

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Option 4: 'Train a Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click the button:

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Downloadable information sheet:

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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.

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CBT Essentials Feedback

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 for the last ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 96%

Average Relevance rating: 94%



*These statistics were last updated in September 2018.

CBT Essentials Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the CBT Essentials course has received.

“Without a doubt, the most relevant, inspirational and achievable course I have done since being in the team. I feel enthusiastic about applying the skills and theory to my practice. The course was superbly delivered by a very knowledgeable, competent tutor who was down to earth and humorous in appropriate places. Excellent!"

"I've had a number of inputs on CBT - this one clearly the best yet!!"

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