Children, Adolescents & Families Specialist Interest Group (CAFSIG)

To join CAFSIG please contact BABCP office If you are not yet a member of BABCP, find out more here: Join BABCP

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Teaching/Training Sub Group

Mission statement:

This sub-group aims to co-ordinate the provision of teaching and training events in the area of CBT with children, adolescents and families.

Aims and objectives:

  • To ensure the provision of a variety of training events aimed at people with different levels of expertise in CBT with children.

  • To encourage an ethos of discussion and sharing of ideas to promote the development of this field.

  • To ensure the provision of a wide range of events covering the spectrum of theory, research and clinical techniques and practice.

To promote accessibility of training events by locating them nationwide.

Committee Members

Chair Maria Barquin
Past Chair Brenda Davis
Secretary Vicki Curry
Liaison Officer Rosie Hall
Treasurer Steve Killick
Recruitment Officer Annie Cox
CPD & Workshops Co-ordinator Emma Girling

Branch of the year award 2011


Left: Winners! (Left to right) Anne
Stewart, Andrew Lewis-Smith,
Maria Barquin and Rosie Hall from
CAFSIG collect the BABCP Branch
of the Year Award at
the 2011 AGM

Training Courses

For information regarding training courses please see:

BABCP Level 2 Accredited Courses
IAPT Courses (Level 2 Accredited)
BABCP Level 1 Accredited Courses
Advertised Courses

Accreditation Information

It is recognised that it is difficult for CBT clinicians working with children to gain accreditation, mainly due to the difficulties with supervision. On discussion with Amanda Cole, Chair of the Accreditation and Registration Sub-Committee of BABCP, the following advice for clinicians working with children and considering accreditation was provided.

  1. In order to meet criteria for accreditation, supervision must have a clear CBT basis.

  2. CBT supervision does not necessarily need to be provided by an accredited supervisor, but could be from an ‘accreditable' supervisor. This means that an individual's supervisor need only meet criteria for accreditation, which would be judged by the A&R committee at point of application.

  3. Telephone supervision and/or peer supervision are acceptable forms of supervision.

  4. Where no child CBT supervisor is available, the combination of a supervisor using CBT with adults (for technical advice) and a more generic supervisor working with children (for case management issues) is the preferred option.

  5. Amanda Cole wanted to encourage clinicians using CBT with children who consider that they may meet criteria for accreditation to make applications to the sub-committee. If, upon doing so, the application were not successful, the sub-committee would provide detailed feedback as to how they could improve their application in the future.


This is a list of CBT practitioners who work with the child and adolescent population and are willing to offer and are willing to offer specific child and adolescent supervision to other practitioners in their area. BABCP members can search for accredited supervisors by logging into the members area.

The child, adolescent and families special interest branch is not able to make specific recommendations about individuals.


Royal College of Psychiatrists - Child & Adolescent Mental Health