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Cognitive Behavioural Training for the Health and Caring Professions in NHS

The National Health Service employees health professionals in a variety of posts. The demand for health professionals to obtain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and additional therapeutic skills to assist their patients is ever increasing. The Centre for Stress Management provides suitable courses for CPD.

Primary Certificate and Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

United Kingdom NICE guidelines recommend evidence based therapies for the treatment of depression and anxiety-related disorders. The published research highlights how the Cognitive Behavioural Approach is effective in treating a range of disorders.


The Centre for Stress Management has been providing Cognitive Behavioural training for health and caring professionals since 1987. Two courses have become popular in this time. The 2-day Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training (module 1) and the 3-day Primary Certificate in Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Skills (module 2). These two courses form the full Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. These courses provide knowledge and skills training for health professionals. Couse details below.



This intensive 2-day course based workshop covers the theory and practice of cognitive-behavioural therapy and training. Some of the topics included are agenda setting, cognitive distortions, downward arrow, the importance of homework assignments, and the use of dysfunctional thought forms. These issues and techniques and their application to the treatment of stress, depression, phobias and anxiety are also covered. A video will be shown to demonstrate some of the techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to practise some of these techniques in small group work. Handouts, questionnaires, and a manual are provided.

For the purposes of skills training, participants should be prepared to discuss one problem in small group work. Normal rules of confidentiality apply.


To provide an introduction to the theory and practice of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) with particular emphasis on A.T. Beck’s cognitive therapy (CT).


This 2-day course will help participants to:

• understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours

• distinguish between thoughts and feelings

• learn the main features of CBT practice

• gain practice in teaching the cognitive model

• undertake a problem assessment

• develop skills in eliciting and examining negative automatic thoughts (NATS) and developing alternative responses to them

• gain practice in homework negotiation


The trainers are Accredited Cogntive Behavioural Therapists.



This is an intensive 3-day course for students enrolled on a Certificate/Advanced Certificate/Diploma programme run by the Centre. The course takes a cognitive-behavioural approach to counselling, psychotherapy and stress management. The course includes developing a cognitive case-conceptualisation and examining three levels of cognition. It includes theoretical input and time to practise the techniques and skills discussed. For the purposes of skills training, participants should be prepared to discuss one or two personal problems. Normal rules of confidentiality apply. However, the course is not an opportunity to work out personal issues which may need the support of personal therapy.


It is important to note that this course is run specifically for students already enrolled on one of the Centre’s advanced certificate or diploma programmes. The course is suitable for counsellors, psychologists, personnel staff, trainers, psychotherapists, management consultants, health and caring professionals who wish to learn more about stress counselling and management. It is essential that applicants have an understanding and working knowledge of basic cognitive-behavioural theory and practice. Individuals who have received no formal training in these areas should initially attend the relevant primary certificate courses at the Centre. If in doubt, please check with the Centre before enrolling.


To develop an understanding of cognitive case conceptualisation and working at deeper cognitive levels.


This 3-day course will help participants to:

• understand the importance of and undertake a case conceptualisation

• identify, challenge and change cognitive distortions

• uncover and modify dysfunctional assumptions and rules

• uncover and modify core negative beliefs

• understand the importance of relapse prevention/reduction


The trainers are Accredited Cogntive Behavioural Therapists.



This is a modular 5-day course. Students must attend both modules below:

a) Primary Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Training

b) Primary Certificate in Advanced Cognitive-Behavioural Skills (Level 3)

This foundation programme is specifically for health and caring professionals who wish to attend a short course to gain insight into the theory and practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.


To provide the theory and practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.


All of the objectives for the component courses are objectives for this course.


A certificate is awarded to participants who successfully complete the modules and the assignments undertaken at home for each module. There is additional course reading and the submission of two CBT book reviews. There is an enrolment, administration and certification fee.


The Course Co-Directors are Michael Neenan and Professor Stephen Palmer.