Certificate in CBT Skills

This CPD course runs over 3 weekends, 6 days in total. It has been endorsed by COSRT for 36 hours of CPD. (The course was previously endorsed by BACP for CPD.)
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Spring 2017 intake

The following intake will be in Spring 2017, held on 3 weekends, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm each day.

The 6-day course dates for Spring 2017 are: 11 & 12 March, 8 & 9 April, 13 & 14 May, 2017. The venue is the Holiday Inn Mayfair, 3 Berkeley Street, W1J 8NE).

Course fee

The cost for the 6-day CPD training is £750 + VAT = £900. Fees are payable either in one full payment or by monthly instalments. Some reduced-fee places may also be available at the discretion of The Grove, dependent on student circumstances and the number of attendees in the group. Anyone wishing to apply for a fee reduction must email a completed application form with a description of their circumstances leading to the request for a reduced fee. Full information on payments is shown in the application form.

Please see below for full information, venue and tutor details for the current programme.

For an application form or any course enquiry, please contact Sarah Briggs, Director of The Grove, by email to info@counselling.org



Course overview

This is a post-qualification CPD training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills.  It is a part-time structured programme of 6 days, taught over 3 weekends across approximately three months. This allows participants to practise the CBT techniques between each course module  The training equates to 36 hours’ CPD.

This Certificate in CBT Skills provides an opportunity for qualified practitioners to integrate CBT concepts and techniques with their existing theoretical background and way of working.  The course was initially set up to meet the needs of qualified therapists or practitioners, who wish to make a bridge between CBT methods with their existing practice.

This training covers NICE recommended interventions and follows the CBT competence framework developed for the IAPT programme.

maturestudentscorridorThe focus is on core CBT competences applicable in therapeutic work.  The programme is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, nurse managers, occupational therapists, psychologists, therapeutic community managers and case workers in organisational settings.

The teaching philosophy is integrative – practitioners representing a wide range of theoretical orientations are invited to apply.

Course methodology

The course consists of theoretical and experiential components, as well as maturestudent_000exercises in skills practice. The didactic tutor input encourages critical engagement with CBT theory and its application in clinical practice.

All students will receive a course handouts along with any additional materials provided as the programme progresses.

Course philosophy and theoretical orientation

The course is designed to enable participants to adopt a cognitive behavioural approach in an ethical way that is appropriate for working with clients who are experiencing common mental health concerns.

CBT focuses on thought processes and emotional responses, which may have developed into distorted judgements, leading to rigid thinking and consequential behaviours.  This course will introduce participants to the CBT model and will cover basic CBT skills and strategies for client work.

maturestudentAsianmanThe course is integrative and intentionally multi-modal.  It is taught at postgraduate level; course participants are expected to work academically on this basis. This includes the ability to evaluate theoretical concepts and a commitment to reflect critically and open-mindedly on one’s own process, philosophy, theoretical orientation and skills.  Discussion in the full group or smaller groups is as important as the tutor-taught components.  The experiential process of development encourages participants to learn from one another as well as from the course tutors.  The integrative philosophy underpinning this course fosters a multidisciplinary environment where theoretical differences and similarities are creatively valued.

The course philosophy aims to establish a learning community in which a working alliance is established which encourages participants to take responsibility for their own learning and to support the learning of other course members.

Course content

The course includes theoretical teaching, as well as group discussion of concepts, case discussion and skills practice.

Over the 6 taught days, the basic concepts of CBT will be introduced, with maturestudentethnicattention paid to integrating CBT in the individual’s practice.  Particular techniques will be emphasized in therapeutic contact, which facilitate change in cognitive therapy.  Course participants will have the opportunity to use Socratic questioning to prompt change, in addition to the use of action-based strategies including the design of “homework” and behavioural experimentation to supplement the CBT sessions.  Students will be shown how to undertake conceptualization work in order to produce a formulation of a cognitive therapy case.

The following will be explored:

  • Basic concepts of CBT
  • Assessment and case conceptualization with CBT
  • Formulation of the identified problem, goal-focus and review process
  • Integrating CBT techniques into everyday practice
  • Use of Socratic questioning, “homework”, behavioural experimentation
  • Common psychological problems for which CBT can be helpful
  • Use of CBT in private practice and organisational / NHS settings
  • Working with CBT in a time-limited structure
  • Managing CBT: practical situations and incomplete or sub-optimal interventions

This course has an explicitly multi-modal in that the focus of the teaching is on participants synthesising their own model of CBT practice, taking into account their existing theoretical background and way of working.  The course is also multi-disciplinary in orientation, allowing for the varied contexts in which CBT may be practised.

Course tutor: Dr Michael Worrell

Michael Worrell preferredMichael is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience in a range of practice settings including the NHS and Private Practice. His NHS experience has included work across primary and secondary care with adult clients presenting with moderate to severe and complex difficulties.


He is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a CBT Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor.

Since 2003 Michael has been involved in training a wide range of mental health practitioners (including counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and psychiatric nurses) in CBT.

Additionally, Michael has delivered training both within the UK and internationally on CBT Supervision and is currently developing further training in this area. In addition to his work within CBT, Michael has completed an advanced training in Existential Psychotherapy (1997) as well as a PhD in Psychotherapy (City 2002) that focused upon the concept of ‘resistance’ across differing modalities of therapy. Michael maintains a strong interest in contemporary developments in CBT and has completed training in both Schema Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Michael has previously worked at Regent’s College London as a Programme Leader on what was then the Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and also as External Examiner for the MA in Psychotherapy. Michael is committed the possibilities of dialogue between differing orientations to practice and is currently working on a project with Professor Ernesto Spinelli on developing an ‘Existentially Focussed CBT’. Some of this initial work was presented to the World Conference for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Italy (2011) in a paper entitled “Existential Dimensions of ACT”. Michael has published in peer reviewed journals on both aspects of CBT and Existential Therapy.

Course times


Each day will start at 10am and finish at 5pm. This includes breaks and a lunch hour.


The course will be held at our central London training venue, the Holiday Inn Mayfair, 3 Berkeley Street, W1J 8NE.


Lunch is not included in the course fee. But there are many coffee shops and take-aways nearby for refreshments and lunches.


What students have said about our previous CBT courses


This feedback has been gained from previous participants of The Grove’s Certificate in CBT Skills, facilitated by Dr Michael Worrell.

"Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the CBT course this Spring - it has been excellent and a really useful introduction to CBT; hard to see how you could find a better one."
“Thank you so much. I really enjoyed the course and feel that it provided me with all the information I was looking to gain. This included a clear understanding of formulating session with clients and a clear practical way of using CBT skills. I have always used the CBT model within the team I have worked for the last 10 years, but feel since the team downsized to only two members, this course is the most helpful.  The energy the course was taught was really helpful, I felt engaged with the learning on each day. And feel this is what has helped me to get as much as I did from the 6 days.”

“I just wanted to say what a stimulating course it is. Michael is such a good teacher!”

“I would like to take this opportunity to say how fabulous the CBT Course is. Michael is really engaging and manages to make it all look so easy.”


“The tutor, he was interesting, animated and fun. Learning was easy and attention easy to maintain, even being stuck inside on a sunny Sunday!”

“Well organised and run, easy to grasp thanks to a great tutor and a great location too. Considering the negativity out there for CBT courses, this should be blazing a trail for the positive side of embracing this approach.”

“The way the course was structured helped ingrain the subject in a way that has made it easy to pull from, the examples used were live and have stayed fresh in my mind. Also the information provided for websites and handouts has been great, I have tools I can use with clients straight away. Really good course with regards to time frame and content.”

“I felt that the subject knowledge and the enthusiasm of Michael was a very positive element of this course.  His humour along with the pacing made the course enjoyable.”

“For me  the course was a very good introduction to CBT. I now feel informed about some of the theories around CBT and feel that I can now decide how far, if at all, I want to go forward in learning more about techniques, etc, of CBT.   I found out about this training from participants of previous course who highly recommended The Grove and the CBT course.”

“It made so much sense and in a way changed my way of thinking, I would like to explore CBT more. It changes first the way I think about things, second, the way I explore issues with clients. I really enjoyed it, Michael  was great, the venue was really nice.   Michael is a great tutor: fun, friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you I am applying for a trainee job with IAPT for further my skills and learning.”

“I think that Michael has such broad reference in terms of the psychotherapeutic environment, so he was able to field any questions with such informed answers that it really put CBT in context . I am also very interested in the existential approach so it was perfect for me. I am working with an integrative model at the moment with refugee clients, so I found it useful in that sometimes it is with direct questions that a client can identify an issue, and with the training we received, I now feel that I can contain and explore disclosures with CBT in mind. Obviously I would not attempt to fully use this model with very vulnerable clients without further training, but it has given me ideas where a client is very stuck in a pattern of thinking which is hindering them in the day to day.Good and generous resources. Was totally inspiring thank you.”

“I really enjoyed the CBT course and felt that I got a lot out of it, especially with regard on how to use the skills and to see how effective CBT can be for some conditions. I have already started to use the skills in my placement at the GP surgery and the client seems to be responding positively to this input.”

“I have enjoyed all the weekends, especially this last weekend where I really felt like I was learning new techniques.”

Assessment and course award

In order to receive the post-qualification Certificate in CBT Skills, participants are required to attend all 6 days of the taught programme satisfactorily and to have paid their fees in full.  A CPD certificate of attendance will be given to any student who is present for less than 6 days.

maturestudentsThe course is participative, experiential and discursive in nature, so informal assessment during the course is through self-analysis and group discussion. There is no requirement for any written work.

If the tutor has any concerns regarding a student’s ability to assimilate CBT concepts and techniques into their practice, this will be discussed with the student in the first instance.

Application criteria

Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced practitioners in a helping profession, who are secure in their existing mode of practice. Specifically applicants would:

  • be qualified and experienced counsellors or psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, key workers or nurses,
  • be full members of their professional body (BACP, UKCP, AHPP, BPS etc),
  • hold professional liability insurance,
  • have supervision arrangements in place.

Applicants will be asked to complete an application form and submit a curriculum vitae.

To book your place on this course

Please request an application form by contacting Sarah Briggs, Director of The Grove Practice, by email at info@counselling.org or by phone on 020 7637 7763.  Your place will reserved once payment of the initial instalment has been received.

Course fee

The course fee for this 6-day programme is £750 + VAT @20% = £900. Fees are payable by monthly instalments. Full information on payments is shown in the application form.

Some reduced-fee places may be available. The Grove awards reduced-fee places on a discretionary basis according to applicant circumstances and student numbers.  Please contact Sarah Briggs, Director of The Grove Practice, on 020 7637 7763020 7637 7763 or sarah@thegrovepractice.com, if you would like to be considered for a reduced-fee place.

Professional standards

Participants are eligible for membership of BABCP (British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists), subject to the other criteria applicable to the grade of membership for which the participant is applying.

Holding this Certificate in CBT Skills is evidence of the practitioner being CBT-trained and adopting a Cognitive Behavioural Approach (CBA).  Referring to oneself as a CBT therapist or CBT practitioner requires CBT supervision and a more extensive training.

Complaints procedure

The Grove fully intends to deliver the training as specified in the publicity materials and course handbook, to a high standard. If you have any concerns or preferences, please raise these with the tutor in the first instance, so that your comments may be explored and addressed.

However, if this initial step does not resolve any complaint, a written submission must be made to Sarah Briggs, Managing Director of The Grove Practice, 4 Wimpole Street, London W1G 9SH.

The Directors of The Grove will investigate the complaint, involving any relevant input from the Core Tutor and/or any tutor(s) involved. A meeting may be held between the Directors (Sarah Briggs and Ben McKie) and the complainant.  The Directors will make best endeavours to resolve the issue to the complainant’s satisfaction.  However, the Directors’ decision will be final.

That said, if any tutor raises a concern regarding the contribution or academic standard of any participant, this will be addressed during the lifetime of the course in an endeavour to support the student in completing the course satisfactorily.

Cancellation policy

The Grove fully intends to deliver the programme as advertised.  However, in the event of unforeseen events or factors outside the organisers’ control, such as but not limited to venue circumstances, tutor illness or change in availability, The Grove reserves the right to alter the venue, dates, content, tutors or format of the course, while using best endeavours to maintain the intended style and material as far as possible.  If such circumstances arise, where the programme is not delivered as advertised, the participant may choose whether to attend the revised programme or to receive a refund.

Once the application form and payment have been received by The Grove Practice, the participant’s place will be confirmed as a booking.

In order to fulfil our obligations to the tutor(s) and venue, as well as to the other participants who have signed up to the programme, no refund will be given within two months of the start of the programme.

However, if you wish to cancel your booking more than two months before the start of the programme, please email Sarah Briggs, Managing Director, via sarah@thegrovepractice.com to request a refund. Refunds are granted at the discretion of The Grove Practice, taking into consideration the circumstances applicable to the student’s request for a refund.

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