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Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy training

SFCT Essentials (Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy training).

'SFCT Essentials' is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited courses for professionals working in mental health and related areas in the UK and Ireland.

It is the only Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course. The course is available for teams/organisations and can be attended face-to-face or online.

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Executive Summary:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has taken the therapeutic world by storm over the last couple of decades, and has produced some very good results across a variety of conditions. For many professionals it is the default approach to therapy.

Even so, for some patients, perhaps especially those with personality disorder, CBT is not especially effective, and it is for such patients that Schema-Focused CT has developed. Pioneered by Jeffrey Young it pays much more attention to the patient's (early) experience and their development of 'maladaptive schemas'.

A schema might be defined as “a package of Behavioural, Biological and Emotional responses and Cognitive changes which can be triggered by a stimulus which in some way resembles a previous stimulus that produced that package of responses”. So the hypothesis is that – for example - a baby left to cry (a life-threatening event when a baby) may develop an 'abandonment schema' and so feel distress of 'life-threatening proportions' when, as an adult, their work-mates go off for a drink while forgetting to tell them.

The SFCT Essentials course covers:

The course aims to educate delegates about the nature of schemas, how they come about and what effects they may have in adult life. Then to apply that knowledge to individual people and patients, to identify what schemas a person may possess, to assess which schemas are adaptive and which are maladaptive. Then to examine ways of altering the maladaptive schemas, or their effects.

Course structure:

What this Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy 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 and access to the online exam if you wish to uprate your APT accreditation to Level 2.

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.

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 for teams and organisations

 for individuals or small groups




For teams and organisations:


Option 1: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee.

Price: £4,495 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £300 plus VAT per person. 

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

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live, interactive online course exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price: £3,870 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (workbooks for every delegate are included in this price - if you require workbooks being sent to more than one location, there is an extra charge of £5 per extra address). Extra delegates £240 plus VAT per person. 

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Option 3: 'Train the 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.

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For individuals or small groups:

This course is currently only available for teams/organisations. Please register your interest below if you want to attend this course as an individual and we will notify you when it becomes available.

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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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SFT 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 taken from ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 96%

Average Relevance rating: 94%



SFT Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy course has received.

"It's a wonderful insight into Schema Therapy. I am now very informed and equipped to utilize this knowledge in my practice. Thank you for a job well done."

"I found the trainer engaging and he brought the theory to life for me. Regularly relating theory to practice was very helpful. I would recommend the course to any mental health professional working with personality difficulties."

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