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Continuing Professional Development Guidance

This page gives you summaries of requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at all stages of accreditation.  You will find further guidance, as well as 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, we will accept the Reflective Statement alone as evidence of your CPD if you don't have any other proof of participation. 

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 provisionally accredited there are a wide range of activities which can be counted as CPD. It's best to choose a number of different types of CBT-specific CPD which are appropriate to your practice development. 

Amounts and types of CPD

You must complete five activities from across a range of acceptable types of learning and development from this list - 

Acceptable CPD Activity and Evidence [PDF]

Within this, you must include at least six hours of CBT skills workshop(s) completed per year. This may be one six hour workshop or a number of shorter ones. They don't have to be BABCP workshops but they should be led by trainers with CBT qualifications and experience.

Other Cognitive and/or Behavioural Approaches

CBT is an ever-evolving model, and consequently there are constantly developments and emerging approaches. Your CPD can include activities which develop your knowledge of and skills in fundamental CBT interventions, as well as newer cognitive and/or behavioural approaches, provided they have an evidence base.

Non-CBT specific activities

You can include one non-CBT activity as one of the five CPD activities per year. You should justify on your Reflective Statement how it is relevant to your CBT practice. 

You can't count these as a part of the six hours CBT skills training. Examples include - 

  • EMDR training/CPD to enhance the skills of a therapist working in a trauma service
  • CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) workshop or reading where it used widely by other members of a practitioner's MDT (multi-disciplinary team)
  • A play therapy workshop for a therapist working in CAMHS
  • Reading on the autistic spectrum for a therapist working with a patient with Asperger Syndrome

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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