What background do I need to train in CBT?

To train in CBT you should have a background in the caring or social care professions which includes training and experience in mental health. 

So if your aim is to become accredited with us, you must have this background before starting a post-graduate CBT course.  We have a list of recognised Core Professions.  These are established mental health professions which we accept as an appropriate and required background for CBT training. 

No Core Profession? You may still be able to train in CBT if you have a different background which includes mental health work and training - we also recognise an equivalent experience to Core Profession called Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes - KSA. If you meet the criteria, you can demonstrate this equivalence by compiling a KSA Portfolio.

You must have an undergraduate degree, but this can be in an unrelated field.

No mental health experience yet?  We suggest you explore training and working in this area to check if it suits you. 

Many mental health roles are respected and satisfying careers in their own right and we recommend you engage wholeheartedly in them – not just as a stepping-stone to CBT.

We can’t recommend a specific route for you to take, but if you are working towards CBT training and accreditation, you should work towards gaining a Core Profession or meeting the KSA requirements.

What if I trained abroad? 

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