Day 1: Behavioural Therapy
A. Understand the basic principles of behaviourism and obtain an in-depth explanation of the historical background and principles on which behavioural theory is based
B. Apply basic features of classical and operant conditioning and how to apply their principles to day-to-day situations and clinical problems.
1) Examples of real situations or clinical problems where Conditioning can be implemented in order to treat certain psychological disorders.
2) Examples of instances when conditioning mechanisms cause disturbance.
C. Understanding the classical conditioning paradigm, and related concepts.
1) How different variables influence classical conditioning
2) Identifying and understanding some applications of classical conditioning
D. Connect concepts and theories to real world situations. In order to reach this objective, you will be required to carry out some exercises in class and also at home involving the following tasks:
1) Identifying all stimuli and responses present in three situations where I became conditioned.
2) How you would treat two clients using conditioning principles.
3) Identify what type of operant conditioning was present in many situations from the presentation slides.
4) Exercises about how to apply behavioural principles in a variety of day-to-day situations.
Day 2: Beck’s Cognitive Therapy
Day 3: Assessment and Case Formulation
Day 4: Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy
Day 5 and 6: Psychodiagnosis and CBT Treatments for Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Day 7: Assertiveness Training and Problem Solving Therapy
Day 8: Cognitive Interventions
Day 9 and 10: CBT Skills Training Weekend
Fees for Certificate in CBT in Belfast
£950 (early bird rate if you register before 30th June 2014). After that date, fees are £1200 To secure a place on the course please send application form with the non-refundable application fee (£200) as soon as possible.
If you wish to apply for the CBT training course please download an application form which can be found below after this section and send it with the full payment by post to the Institute address that you will find within the application form.
The remaining balance must be paid by cheque before 15 August 2013. If your employer is funding the course please post your application form and a letter from the person authorising the fee and the Institute will invoice them directly.
This is a very popular course. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Coffee breaks and course materials are included in the fee (but not lunch or accommodation).
In order to provide the maximum amount of handouts and supportive materials, participants will be required to print copies of their handouts, which will be made available from our website before each class. Each student will be provided with a username and password to access all the training materials once the full training fee has been paid.
It is required that you read about our cancellation policy for the Certificate in Belfast before signing your application form.
About the Presenters
The Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is presented by Paul Quinn and Dr. Jennifer Maguire. They are both BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists and experienced CBT trainers. Jennifer is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
On completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) issued by the International Institute for Cognitive Therapy if you attended at least 80% of the course and passed the necessary submission of exercises.
The Certificate in CBT is not accredited by any University. However, the programmes run by the International Institute for Cognitive Therapy have been mentioned in the “Mapping of Psychological Therapies: Overview of courses available in Northern Ireland and the border region of the Republic” (2008). This report was issued by the NICCT on behalf of the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety (DHSSPS).
The intended purpose of the mapping is to locate and report on the range of psychological therapies available to the public in Northern Ireland. The Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has the distinction of being one of the only four CBT training programmes in the region that offers CBT training with similar equivalence to a Post-Graduate Certificate programme.
Some private programmes have the same prestige as some Universities offering advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy leading to accreditation within the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABC). The International Institute for Cognitive Therapy offers quality training facilitating participants to become accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapists. The IICT programmes meet several criteria established by BABCP for accreditation.
This 70-hour cognitive behavioural introductory course will contribute towards meeting the minimum training requirements of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) for accreditation as well as those for relevant professional bodies where these recognise, or are planning to recognise, specific Cognitive behavioural therapy qualifications within their structures.
Assessment of the Certificate in CBT
Portfolio of Exercises
Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of scheduled teaching to receive the qualification. An attendance register is kept to assure that this mandatory attendance is met.
QUESTIONS THAT APPLICANTS NORMALLY ASK ABOUT THE CERTIFICATE IN COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
Is this Certificate in CBT accredited by the BABCP?
It is common for prospective students to enquire whether or not this Certificate in CBT is accredited. Accredited CBT courses can only be offered at Universities. Therefore, the answer is NO. This course is not a fully accredited course but this Certificate in CBT will provide you with 70 hours of CBT training (out of 200) which will count towards your personal accreditation within the BABCP if you wanted to pursue that avenue.
However, you also need to meet other criteria if you want to become an accredited Cognitive Behavioural therapist within BABCP.
What other requirements will I have to meet in order to be eligible
to apply for Accreditation within BABCP? (information valid in
2010, check BABCP for updated details)
(information valid in 2010, check BABCP for updated details)
Among others, BABCP requires that the following criteria be met in order to become an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist:
1. You need the total of 200 hours of CBT Training delivered by a “Recognised CBT Trainer (someone BABCP accredited or deemed by BABCP as "accreditable”. This Certificate will provide you with 70 hours towards those minimum 200 hours.
2. You also need 250 of CBT training hours from workshops, conferences, reading, peer meetings, etc. These 250 hours of CBT training can be taught by recognised and non-recognised CBT trainers and can include self-directed training. The Certificate in CBT requires that you spend at least 10 hours per module reading materials and completing the exercises for your portfolio. At the end of the Certificate in CBT, you should have accumulated at least 70 hours (apart from the 70-hours face-to-face training), which should count towards these 250 hours of CBT training.
3. If you hold a Diploma in Counselling or
hold a core profession established by BABCP, and want to start
practising CBT after completing this Certificate (but not before),
you need to find a BABCP accredited Psychotherapist who will
supervise your clinical practice. At the same time, someone should
be accountable for your work e.g. case manager, senior clinical
You cannot just be self-employed, even
if your practice is supervised. Someone needs to be accountable for
your clinical work.
In terms of supervision, BABCP recommends at least 1 hour a month discussing your clinical work with a supervisor but at the beginning I would recommend more hours (depending on the number of cases you will be treating). If you decide to practise CBT after this Certificate, you must arrange an Indemnity Professional Insurance e.g. Howden in order to legally be able to practise e.g. if your organisation does not cover your private work.
4. Assuming that your clinical practice is supervised by a BABCP accredited Cognitive Psychotherapist and someone is accountable for your clinical work, at the time you request accreditation within BABCP, you must have worked with clients for at least 200 hours (assuming a session is equal to 1hour). For the Certificate in CBT, you are NOT required to practise CBT.
5. Completion of 4 written case studies (4,000 words each). For the Certificate in CBT, you will not be asked to write any case studies.
6. Attendance to Continued Professional Development (CPD) training
activities (30 hours/year). After you complete your Certificate, you
should think about attending conferencing, workshops, read books in
CBT, etc., in order to meet this criterion.
While this is a very brief summary of BABCP criteria for accreditation and the extent of how the Certificate meets those requirements, you should read more about BABCP accreditation at www.babcp.com
Please do not contact the Institute requesting any information about accreditation as this is all we can tell you about this complex process. BABCP is the organisation to contact related to this topic.
If I have studied CBT elsewhere, not within the International Institute for Cognitive Therapy, will that training count towards BABCP accreditation?
If you want to become accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist within BABCP, this professional body will require that you have received a minimum of 200 hours of CBT by a recognised CBT trainer.
If your lecturer is not a BABCP accredited/accreditable Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or BABCP accredited Trainer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, your CBT training hours may not count towards your minimum training for accreditation, only towards the other 250 hours of supplemental training in CBT. Some training programmes in Northern Ireland/Ireland/Mainland UK are not taught by BABCP accredited CBT therapists/trainers and those training hours are not likely to not count towards the minimum amount of hours for accreditation (200 hours).
Paul Quinn and Jennifer Maguire are both BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. Any training offered by the International Institute for Cognitive Therapy will only be delivered by recognised BABCP trainers.
To read more about the BABCP criteria for accreditation please visit the BABCP website at:
To read about BABCP Minimum Training standards visit the link below:
Can I practise as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist when I complete the Certificate in CBT?
Whether or not you can practise once you have completed your CBT Certificate will depend on your professional background. If you have a core profession such as Psychiatry, Mental health nursing, Social work, clinical psychology, BACP or COSCA accredited counsellor, etc. or a minimum qualification of a Diploma in Counselling, you can practice CBT but always under supervision of a BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
This will not make you a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist but rather a Psychologist, mental health nurse, etc. who uses CBT. Further training and experience are necessary to become a competent Cognitive Behavioural therapist.
However, if you do not have a core
profession, you also need to study a Diploma in Counselling
(minimum) in order to practise. The BABCP offers a route to obtain
accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist even if you
don't have a core profession. Please visit the BABCP website (www.babcp.com) to
read more about this route called “Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes”
(KSA), if this is your case.
Is accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist compulsory?
Accreditation is optional and not absolutely essential to become a competent cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. However, it is highly recommended that you work towards accreditation within BABCP.
If you have a specific question that hasn't been answered within this website please feel free to contact Paul by email or call 07790 752790 for further information.
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