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Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

The Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a 2 day course covering the foundational elements of CBT in an informative and energised way.  

The course is ideal for therapists who wish to add another skill to their practice. It is also perfect for those who work in mental health or other healthcare professions.

Thoughts create feelings, create behaviour and reinforce thoughts.

19 & 20 October 2024      9.30am - 4.30pm, Leeds

Course Information

Course content

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy used widely within a range of talking therapies. It is a model of working with our thought processes and behaviour to change emotional responses. It can be applied in both a professional and personal setting. 
CBT is one of the treatments of choice within the NHS system and can be used to help treat issues such as depression and anxiety.

CBT can be a useful addition to the therapists' toolbox for client work.

We will explore together:

The five Major Principles of CBT

  • The Cognitive Principle

  • The Behaviour Principle

  • The Continuum Principle

  • The Here and Now Principle and

  • The Empirical Principle.

We will also be looking at the key elements of the CBT model including: levels of cognition, the generic model of CBT, assessment, formulation and behaviours. The course also explores how CBT is used to treat anxiety and depression.

Our learning will include case study examples to illustrate its application.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the day participants will:

  • Have a greater understanding of CBT means for them, as individuals, as practitioners and in the context of their work

  • Have an understanding of the CBT model process of change through thoughts, behaviours and emotions

  • Be able to identify where CBT may be used within their professional work

  • Be able to identify unhelpful thinking styles within their own lives

Additional Information

The course takes place in person at the Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel. Lunch and refreshments are included in the course price.

Attendees who complete the course receive a 12 hour CPD certificate and can, if they wish, go on to further CBT training. 

Fee: £205 

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About the trainer

The trainer for this course is Andy Williams, an experienced CBT therapist and trainer who has been working for many years as a therapist both within the NHS and private practice.  

If you would like to know more about Andy, go to the About page or his website  Andy also runs more in-depth workshops about Integrating CBT into Practice for those already using cognitive behavioural therapy within their work.

Andy Williams training CBT


The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies is the lead organisation within the UK. You can find more about them by clicking here. Their website includes information on becoming a CBT therapist and how to register with the organisation.

‘I highly recommend this course as an intro to CBT. I now feel confident in using elements learned in my practice.’

Katie P

'An informative, interesting and refreshing introduction to CBT'.


'Good course for those thinking of having different techniques to meet different client needs.'

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