Interested in joining BABCP?

BABCP is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK. We have more than 11,000 members - including nurses, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists and other health professionals as well as students and trainees.

BABCP is the only organisation which accredits CBT therapists. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT.

Membership makes you part of the CBT community - whether you are a CBT user, a therapist or interested in mental health issues.

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Annual Subscription rates

1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018

Ordinary MembershipAssociate MembershipStudent Membership
UK & IrelandOverseas*UK & IrelandOverseas*UK & IrelandOverseas*
Paid by Direct Debit£74.50£82.50£20.25£28.40£25.30£33.50
Paid by Cheque/Card£82.50£90.50£28.40£36.50£33.50£41.60
Reduced Rate
by Direct Debit**
Reduced Rate
by Cheque/Card**

* The reduced rate is available to those Members who can demonstrate that they have a gross income of less than £21,692 per annum;

**Associate Membership is aimed at retired CBT practitioners and applicants from developing countries in exchange for a package as agreed by the Board;

***Student Membership is aimed at those in full-time Higher Education and IAPT trainees in exchange for a package as agreed by the Board.

Direct Debit payments can only be made from a UK bank account.

BABCP annual membership runs for one year from the date that your application is processed. Renewal is from the first day of the following month and is automatic for those paying by direct debit, unless notification of cancellation is received at least four working days before the renewal date.

Gift Aid

In the U.K., the Inland Revenue has agreed that subscriptions are allowable against income on tax returns. You can claim back the tax through your tax return OR you can take advantage of the Gift Aid Scheme to BABCP as a registered charity. BABCP can reclaim your tax on your behalf for the Research Fund. See the application form for further details.

If you have any queries about membership please contact BABCP office on 0161 705 4304 or email

Important information regarding BABCP journals

BABCP is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and is asking for your help to achieve this. We are making changes to the way in which Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy is accessed.

All members are able to access the journal Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy (BCP) on the Cambridge University Press website as well as the online only journal the Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (tCBT). Members can also access both journals by logging into the members' area of the BABCP website and clicking through to the Journal pages, from which you can link straight through to the full content on the journal websites. As a member you should also be receiving regular email content alerts for each journal, from which you can click straight through to full articles on the journal websites. If you are not receiving these emails, please provide BABCP with your updated email address.

From 1 October 2015 members paying the reduced rate subscription fee will no longer receive a printed copy of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy as part of their subscription. We are offering all members paying the full subscription fee the opportunity to aid BABCP in its aims by opting out of receiving the print journal. You can do this by emailing or by telephoning the BABCP membership office on 0161 705 4304, option 2. You can choose to opt out at any time and we will occasionally send you a reminder that opting out is an option should you remain opted in.

Benefits of Membership

Being part of the lead organisation for CBT in the UK

Nationally organised Annual and Spring Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and CPD events - with preferential rates and many delivered free

Free copies of the membership magazine CBT Today

Free copies of the journal Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy and free access to the online journal tCBT - plus the opportunity to submit and publish articles for these high quality peer reviewed journals

Access to research grants

Access to a wide range of information and services via the BABCP website

Free membership of a lively network of regional branches and special interest groups who organise their own CPD events

Accreditation as a CBT psychotherapist, CBT trainer and/or supervisor, which is available to members who meet specific criteria

Automatic membership of the European Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies, allowing members to attend the annual European Congress and tri-annual World Congress at preferential rates