Therapy certificate in CBT skills (Winter intake)

17 November - 2nd December 2017 The CBT Skills course is a practical introduction for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and mental health professionals who are working clinically. It is based on the DoH Competencies for providing CBT for Depression and Anxiety/Anxiety Disorders.

CBT works with clients’ present day distress and focuses on how what the client thinks effects the way they feel. Clients are taught to notice their internal dialogue and to learn that unhelpful thoughts can be challenged and changed with beneficial effect.

This is an entry level CBT course which could lead to IAPT professional training.

Participants will be introduced to the key elements, foundation skills and techniques of CBT Assessment, Formulation and Treatment Plans.  With an understanding of, and practice in, the principles and implementation of suitable CBT interventions for clients presenting with depression and anxiety / anxiety disorders.

This course is for mental health professionals who are working clinically.  You may be a social worker, doctor, nurse or qualified counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist trained in another modality, for example.  There is an expectation that all participants are already proficient in establishing therapeutic relationships.  As an entry requirement you will be able to demonstrate proficiency in relationship skills from prior training and  clinical experience. Qualified counsellors and psychotherapists successfully completing this course may be eligible for a clinical placement in the WPF Therapy CBT Service. Please see Entry Requirements below.

There will be an intake in Spring 2017:  Fridays 5pm – 8.30pm & Saturdays 9am – 5.30pm
Friday 5th May & Saturday 6th May
Friday 12th May & Saturday 13th May
Friday 19th May & Saturday 20th May

There will be an intake in Winter 2017:  Fridays 5pm – 8.30pm & Saturdays 9am – 5.30pm
Friday 17th November & Saturday 18th November
Friday 24th November & Saturday 25th November
Friday 1st December & Saturday 2nd December

Testimonials from previous participants:

  • “Gerry was excellent in his delivery of the course – inclusive and interactive.”
  • “A very good approach to helping both therapist and patient to understand the workings of the patient’s mind.”
  • “Very helpful new way of thinking within the analytic framework.”

Entry requirements
In addition to a completed application form applicants must submit:
i)    a current CV giving details of relevant training (including start date, end date, award gained and any ‘in-house’ training)
ii)   a brief statement giving reasons for wishing to complete the course and evidence of your proficiency in relationship skills
iii)  a copy of our professional accreditation or qualification (e.g. BACP/UKCP/BPC certificate) OR proof of training
Offers of a place will only be made on receipt of copies of all documents, including registration certificates

Course Tutor
Gerry McCarron is a highly experienced CBT therapist, trainer and supervisor. He completed a MSc in Counselling at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 1993 under Professor Windy Dryden before undertaking CBT training at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 1994. He subsequently undertook the MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy – Training and Dissemination at Oxford University, completing in 2008. He has also attended training events and workshops internationally with leaders in the field.

Gerry has worked for many years in a North London National Health Service Mental Health Trust where he has specialised in the application of CBT to complex clinical cases and providing supervision to psychologists, CBT therapists, junior doctors and trainees. He also established an in-house CBT training initiative that has successfully provided foundation training to a large number of staff from different professional groups across the Trust.  He has been course contributor to CBT training courses at Goldsmiths College and a course director for postgraduate Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) training courses. For several years he led the CBT training and supervision component for specialised medical registrars training in psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. Gerry has collaborated in research projects exploring clinical interventions for eating disorders and cognitive processes like rumination and self-criticism.

  Course Leader

Gerry McCarron


Course fee: £1,450
Registration fee: £100
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Winter Intake
Day 1, 17 November 2017, 5pm - 8.30pm
Day 2, 18 November 2017, 9am-5.30pm
Day 3, 24 November 2017, 5pm - 8.30pm
Day 4, 25 November 2017, 9am-5.30pm
Day 5, 1 December 2017, 5pm - 8.30pm
Day 6, 2 December 2017, 9am-5.30pm


More information

Jennifer Jones
Programme Administrator  
020 7378 2051

Type of course: 
WPF Therapy Limited 23 Magdalen Street London SE1 2EN
Commencement Date: 
17th November 2017