- CBT Essentials -

24 modules


Dr William Davies



The seminal book Cognitive Therapy of Depression was written by Beck, Rush, Shaw and Emery appeared in 1979, and the APT's course on CBT appeared just four years later. Since that point, this course has constantly been one of the most acclaimed of any of APT's courses. Constantly developing, this course was one of the first to systematically teach '5-factor CBT'. Including not just emotions, behaviour and cognitions, the 5-factor approach adds biological factors and social and environmental factors into the mix, without which many conditions would not be addressed adequately.

The APT has mastered the delivery of CBT training 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"I really enjoyed the course and feel that I have learnt a lot and feel enthusiastic about using my newly acquired skills within my practice."

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"Excellent on line course. Easy to follow with insightful commentary."

With a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples of using CBT and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the power of the subject.


"I am delighted by this course. Dr Davies and his dry wit have been wonderful companions. Will buy and undertake others."

This course gives you a thorough introduction to CBT, it is APT-accredited, and gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course. Whether you simply want to broaden your knowledge or take your first step to establishing a full CBT service this course is for you. The course can be studied by teams or individuals and can also be completed as part of The APT Diploma in Psychological Therapies.

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What the CBT Essentials course will do for you:

  • You will have a 'feel' for CBT: you will know why it is so-called, how it has evolved and what techniques are CBT ones and why.

  • You will be introduced to the major cognitive, behavioural and cognitive-behavioural techniques in a way that you can envisage using them, and have some practice in doing so.

  • You will have access to important online resources for use after the course, free of charge for as long as you retain your APT-Accreditation.

The course covers:

  • The framework for successful CBT. Covering the topics:

    • The History and defining characteristics of CBT.

    • The first session or two: building the relationship, and making an assessment.

    • Case Formulation.

    • How to structure CBT: A typical session-plan; How often you should see a patient, and What Notes you should keep.

    • Guided discovery: diary keeping (an overview) and Socratic Dialogue.

    • Evidence-based practice and ‘Practice-based evidence’.

  • Treatments based on Behavioural factors and approaches. Covering the topics:

    • Behavioural interventions tend to be reliable, and respected by patients. They are also important and effective:

      • In depression, Lewinsohn first highlighted the fact that many depressed people lead depressing lives. The task therefore is to help them lead more rewarding ones.

      • In anxiety, graded exposure to the feared stimulus appears to be much more effective than systematically avoiding it (which patients often resort to).

      • In anger control it is often easier for a person to do something different (e.g. count to 10) in a difficult situation, rather than ‘look at it a different way’.

    • Diary keeping: keeping a diary gives patients a new perspective on their lives and it also records current behaviour and implies or suggests behavioural changes. It allows both patient and therapist an insight into the patient’s life, and enables adjustments to be agreed to make the person’s life more enjoyable and more meaningful.

    • Scheduling: helping people schedule more rewarding activities and de-schedule less rewarding ones is an important skill: it literally helps the person build a life worth living.

    • Video analysis of scheduling.

    • Behavioural Activation. Behavioural activation is a clear strategy which is effective in helping depressed people. It hinges on scheduling key behaviours into the person’s day.

    • Hedonism versus Eudaimonic well-being and the work of Ryan and Deci. What constitutes ‘a rewarding activity’? Why isn’t fun more fun, and why do some people enjoy work? As Noel Coward once said: “Work is more fun than fun”. ‘Poor little rich girl’: the girl who has all the fun in the world, yet is still miserable. Video: Martin Seligman.

    • Mini case study and examples.

    • Teaching new skills. The teaching of helpful skills has always been an important part of behaviour therapy (and hence cognitive behaviour therapy), so a CBT therapist should feel relaxed about teaching helpful skills such as those involved in regulating emotions and tolerating distress.

  • Treatment techniques based on Biological factors. Covering the topics:

    • Increasingly recognised in importance, biological factors are probably still the most under-rated of the 5 inter-relating factors in CBT. A pity, because patients like to address them and they can make a massive impact.

    • Illnesses: such as hyperthyroidism (mimics anxiety) and hypothyroidism (mimics depression) and are themselves important to address medically.

    • Sleep. People who do not sleep well tend to suffer impaired mood during the day as a result, and have extra time at night when they can dwell - or become agitated - about life events.

    • Routine. An impaired circadian rhythm is highly disruptive, and quite widespread.

    • Diet. Some people may consume plenty of calories, or even too many calories, yet may not get the nutrients they need for a healthy physical and mental state.

    • Exercise. Journal articles over many years have pointed to the beneficial effects of exercise in alleviating depression and anxiety.

    • Alcohol, its harmful effects, and how to address it and them.

    • Relaxation, why it works so well, and available relaxation exercises.

    • Exercises and suggested post-course project.

  • Treatments based on the Surroundings, especially Social. Covering the topics:

    • President Clinton, in explain politics to a colleague, famously said “It’s the economy, stupid”, meaning everything hinges on the economy. In mental health, the importance of relationships is similar: they appear to fundamental to a person’s sense of wellbeing, so we need to be good at helping people address them.

    • The Grant and Glueck (the Harvard study). This massive, four-generational study of Harvard graduates and under-privileged Boston children, demonstrates the immense power of relationships to influence and determine both our mental and physical health.

    • IPT (Interpersonal PsychoTherapy). An overview of the problems addressed by IPT, and the strategies for addressing them.

    • ‘Popular People live longer. The meta-study by Holt-Lunstad, ( Brigham Young University) reviewing 148 investigations published over 28 years on the effects of social relationships.

    • Slavich and Cole, (human social genomics at the University of California, Los Angeles): how our genomic make up reacts to social rejection.

    • Exercises, case-studies, addressing (yourself, your friends and acquaintances if you want to, and) your own case-load.

  • Treatment techniques based on Cognitions and Thinking style. Covering the topics:

    • The ability to address people’s thinking style was the original breakthrough behind cognitive therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy.

    • Core beliefs: ‘Rigid, long-lasting views about the nature of oneself, other people, the world.’ Adaptive ones work well for us and maladaptive ones very much don't. Triads: Core beliefs which interact with each other to produce depression and anxiety.

    • Negative Automatic Thoughts and Core Beliefs: the interaction.

    • “Everything I touch always goes wrong.”

    • Unhelpful thinking styles, Negative Automatic Thoughts, and ‘Thinking Errors’. Terms often used to mean much the same thing, and we can often influence core beliefs by repeatedly tackling such ‘thinking errors’ and unhelpful thinking styles.

    • Where do these thinking styles come from?

    • The Top10 thinking errors and the 5 key interventions: Graded Questions; Putting a name to it; and an overview of Logical evidence-based reasoning; Guided Discovery, and Hypothesis Testing.

    • Why do I get so upset about such a small thing? ‘Critical Incidents’: sometimes an apparently minor incident can have a seemingly disproportionate effect.

    • Feature Exercise: Straightening out cognitive distortions.

    • What’s BEST to think about? Enough of thinking errors, what should we think about if we want a sense of wellbeing? Includes video featuring Philip Zimbardo.

    • Logical Evidence-Based Reasoning / Cognitive re-structuring.

    • Identifying Hot Thoughts and cooling them down using logical evidence-based reasoning.

    • Included are forms available to you as a download for 3 years, renewable.

    • Video: Cognitive Restructuring.

    • Exercise: Using it with yourself.



Click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering for somebody else - or a group - create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please email finance@apt.ac stating; the course title, how many places you require, your organisation's purchase order number, and the name and address for the invoice to be sent to.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate APT Accreditation, Level 2 (18 hours CPD)

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Welcome and Introduction
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What is CBT
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The first session or two
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Case Formulation
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A Standard Session Plan
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Evidence-based practice
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An overview of behavioural interventions
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Graded Exposure
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Behaving in Line with Your Values
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Behavioural Activation
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An Introduction to Biological Interventions
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Mood Altering Substances
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Exercise and Relaxation
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Environmental Interventions
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Cognititions and Thinking Style
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Evaluating Progress
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Applying CBT Reliably
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What have you earned from attending this course
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Added 24 days ago, by Jessica
It was a very comprehensive and engaging course
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
Thanks it was good
Added about 2 months ago, by Anonymous
Thank You
Added about 2 months ago, by Anonymous
I have learnt a surprising amount of content that was delivered in an easy format. The mixed model of learning helped me to retain the information and consolidate my learning.
Added 2 months ago, by Anonymous
very insightful - has encouraged me to further study
Added 3 months ago, by Emma
It was very informative, the delivery was relatable, i enjoyed it thoroughly
Added 3 months ago, by Janeen
It was very informative
Added 4 months ago, by Maddelen
Very easy to naivgate and work through as own pace. Fantastic resources.
Added 4 months ago, by Helen
Very enjoyable, thank you
Added 4 months ago, by angela
Great foundation to CBT , and will use in my therapeutic practice

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