Primary Certificate in Advanced CBT

Primary Certificate in Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills


This is an intensive 2-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  who have already undertaken module 1 in the Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, ie the Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training. However, the course may also be suitable for students with some basic CBT training obtained from another course.

The courses are suitable for counsellors, psychologists, personnel staff, trainers, psychotherapists, 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 2-day course will help participants to:

  • understand the importance of and undertake a case conceptualisation

  • review how to identify, challenge and change cognitive distortions

  • uncover and modify dysfunctional assumptions and rules

  • uncover and modify core negative beliefs

  • gain insight about collaboratively designing behavioural experiments with clients

  • understand the importance of relapse prevention/reduction


The trainers are Prof Stephen Palmer and Kasia Szymanska who are both Chartered Psychologists and BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapists.




Video: A Conversation with Aaron T. Beck

The Annual Review of Clinical Psychology presents Aaron T. Beck, President Emeritus of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and his daughter Judith S. Beck, President of the Beck Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. In this interview, they talk about his life and career, and how he went from having no interest in psychiatry to creating Cognitive Behavior Therapy. This method, initially developed for patients with depression and anxiety, challenges the subject to question his own negative beliefs, which act as prisms and cause distortions in the way events are perceived. Later, research showed that Cognitive Behavior Therapy was also effective in the treatment of schizophrenia. In the future, Aaron T. Beck says, psychotherapy must be firmly rooted in scientific evidence. The interview was conducted December 7, 2011.