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CBT Practice after Provisional Accreditation

To maintain your accreditation, you must be currently practicing CBT in the UK, and at least 50% of your psychotherapeutic practice must be CBT.

There is no specific total requirement for the number of clinical hours for Full Accreditation and Reaccreditation.  However the minimum caseload for maintaining Accreditation is two CBT clinical contacts or equivalent per week. 

Example One - A part-time CBT therapist who provides CBT clinical supervision and training in a specialised trauma service. Clinical work consists of seeing one patient a week for a two hour session.

Example Two A full-time NHS manager in CBT service, who has no opportunity for clinical work in this role. Has a CBT private practice on Saturday mornings seeing two patients for one hour each.

Specialist areas of CBT practice

You can count practice with all relevant areas of mental health disorder and client group towards your practice for Full Accreditation and Reaccreditation.

Examples of client groups include adults, children and young people, older adults, learning disabilities, autism. You can work exclusively or partially with any of these groups.

You must have the appropriate specialist training, competence and clinical supervision.  We have specific recommendations for working with children and young people.  

Other cognitive and/or behavioural approaches

If you are accredited, you can practice exclusively, specialise in, or include other cognitive and/or behavioural therapies in your therapeutic work.

CBT is an ever-evolving model, and consequently there will be developments and emerging approaches in CBT. You must be able to demonstrate that you practice according to an evidence-base which builds upon cognitive and behavioural principles and interventions.

Formats of CBT therapy for Full Accreditation and Reaccreditation

If you have been trained in delivering CBT online or through telephone or video conferencing you can include these in your CBT clinical practice. There is specific guidance for clinical practice during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Your clinical supervision and training must be appropriate to the format and your supervisor must also be trained and experienced in using that form of delivery.

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