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Case studies are normally assessed as part of post-graduate CBT training. However, not all courses include all four we require. If this applies to you, or you do not have evidence of all the passed case studies, this document provides guidance on both how to write and assess case studies marked independently for accreditation.
The criteria for BABCP CBT Practitioner Accreditation are set out in our Minimum Training Standards (MTS 2021) -
The assessor should be accredited by BABCP or be a CBT therapist who is trained and qualified in CBT to postgraduate diploma level or equivalent (or would meet Minimum Training Standards).
In addition, they should have experience of marking as a lecturer or tutor on an academic post-graduate CBT training course or equivalent. The assessor may, however, currently be independent of an academic institution.
If possible, we recommend that you contact assessors from your course, local courses or through other contacts. Otherwise, you can download a list of independent assessors here. It will be your responsibility to check that they still meet the criteria for a suitable assessor and to negotiate fees, timescale and, if appropriate, reasonable adjustments with them.
Assessors are asked to confirm that the case study has passed– this means that it is of an acceptable standard for a competent CBT therapist. Feedback should be given to the candidate and expectations of quality, content, layout, writing style and structure should be of a similar standard as case studies marked in a post-graduate programme.
Reasonable adjustments should be made where appropriate where the applicant can provide evidence of relevant additional needs.
The case study should demonstrate theoretical understanding and a research-based rationale for choosing a specific approach and knowledge of alternative options, which is consistent with evidence-based CBT practice. There should be a reflective element which identifies new learning.
All the areas described below should be covered where relevant.
Evidence of structured assessment, including the following areas -
The report should outline a coherent, concise formulation developed collaboratively over treatment with explicit input from client and include-
The overall presentation should include -
The criteria for written case reports above should be applied to marking verbally presented case studies, including the assessor criteria and the requirement for the report to pass. In addition -
A BABCP case study feedback sheet is available here. It is optional and assessors can use a different system of ensuring and demonstrating that the case studies have met all of the requirements.
A copy of the feedback sheet should be sent to the applicant for them to include with their accreditation application.
If the case study is not marked as a pass, please provide the applicant with constructive feedback.
We may request a copy of the report in order to moderate the marking.