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Continuing Professional Development Guidance

This page gives summaries of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, for at all stages of accreditation.  You will find guidance and all the documents you need on the specific pages for each accreditation.

Online CPD during COVID-19 -  If you have attended online workshops and webinars during the pandemic,  a completed Reflective Practice Statement provides evidence of your CPD activity; and we will accept this without extra evidence such as a certificate of attendance.

There are no specific requirements for CPD within a Provisional Accreditation application - they can be included in the application form but it is optional. 

CBT CPD workshops and taught hours can help to demonstrate your ongoing commitment to learning CBT skills after your training, particularly if you graduated some time ago.  

As long as you have at least 100 taught CBT hours within your main postgraduate training, you can also use CPD to top up your CBT taught hours - you need a total of 200. These should be core CBT workshops taught by trainers with appropriate CBT training and experience. 

Once you are accredited there is a wide range of Cognitive and/or Behavioural Psychotherapy CPD activities which can contribute to meeting your professional development needs. Most practitioners engage in a variety of CBT CPD activities appropriate to their specific practice.

Amounts and types of CPD 

You must engage in a range of CBT learning and development activities and complete Reflective Statements for at least five of these. Your on-going CPD activities must include at least six hours of CBT skills development each year. These must be facilitated by qualified and experienced CBT trainers, although it is not essential that the workshops are provided by BABCP. The skills training may be drawn from one workshop, or several shorter ones to make up the six hours.

Acceptable CPD Activity and Evidence [PDF]

Choosing CPD Activities 

CBT includes a diverse range of therapies based on cognitive and behavioural theories and evidence-based practice. When engaging in CPD activities which are most relevant to your own development, you can choose core CBT knowledge, skills and interventions. You can also include activities which enhance your personal development, knowledge and skills in emerging, evidence-based cognitive and/or behavioural approaches. 

CPD activities which help to maintain your accreditation must be specifically relevant to your CBT practice. We recognise that your own development needs may include engaging in activities which are in specialist areas of practice; expanding expertise; working with core processes or various populations. You may include one Reflective Practice Statement about an activity which is not specifically CBT, as long as you can show how this is relevant to your CBT professional development. 

Evidence of your CPD

You must provide a Reflective Statement and evidence for each activity at Full Accreditation, Full Reinstatement and if you are selected for 

Reaccreditation Audit. In each case, you will provide details from the previous twelve months in practice.

Reflective Statements are best completed shortly after completing each activity.


Reflective Statement Template [Word]

Reflective Statement Sample [PDF]

Supervisor Accreditation - you should provide evidence of at least one CBT-specific supervisory CPD activity per year for the two years prior to application. 

Supervisor Reaccreditationyou should continue to do at least one piece of CBT supervisory CPD per year. 

In both cases, you can inlcude one of these per year within the five practitioner CPD activities for Reaccreditation.

Reflective Statements are required for each activity in Supervisor Accreditation and if selected for Random Accreditation Audit.

Supervisor Reflective Statement [Word]

Supervisor Reflective Statement Sample [PDF]

Supervisory CPD Activities

There are many activities you can do to show sustained commitment to development as a CBT Supervisor. They must be specifically related to CBT supervision. Activities might include:

  •  attendance at workshops
  • courses relating to CBT Supervisory Practice and skills
  • attendance at conferences and seminars relating to CBT Supervisory Practice
  • involvement in relevant research
  • relevant publications by you
  • reading relevant books and journals etc.
  • involvement with the BABCP Supervision Special Interest Group
  • relevant media involvement
  • hours spent developing CBT Supervision services - count once only.

You can't count giving CBT Supervision and having Supervisory Supervision as CPD.

Trainer Accreditation - you must provide evidence of at least one training related CPD activity per year for the two years prior to application. 

Trainer Reaccreditation - you must continue to do at least one piece of training CPD per year. 

The activities don’t have to be CBT specific, but if they are, one per year can be included within the five practitioner CPD activities for Reaccreditation.

Reflective Statements are required for each of activity at Supervisor Accreditation and if selected for Random Accreditation Audit. It is best to complete them shortly after completing the activity.

Trainer Reflective Statement [Word]

Trainer Reflective Statement Sample [PDF]

Training CPD Activities

There are many activities you can do as evidence of a commitment to development as a CBT Trainer. They don't have to be related to CBT, but we  expect you to demonstrate their relevance to your CBT Training Practice. Activities can include - 

  • attendance at workshops or courses relating to Training Practice and skills
  • attendance at conferences and seminars relating to Training Practice, for example learning to use presentation skills, presentation aids such as PowerPoint or interactive whiteboards
  • involvement in relevant research
  • relevant publications by you
  • reading relevant books and journals etc.
  • involvement with Training SIGs [PE - what Training SIG?]
  • relevant media involvement
  • hours spent developing CBT Training services or CBT Training programmes count once only
  • delivery of any ‘Train the Trainer’ programme counts only once

Providing CBT Training and having training supervision don't count as relevant CPD activity.

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