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Guidance for working towards Accreditation during the COVID-19 outbreak

If you have been studying CBT during the pandemic, your studies and clinical practice will probably have been affected by the restrictions.

If you were on a BABCP accredited course during this time, you will have been given guidance by your course about meeting accreditation criteria in the circumstances.

The document below is for those studying on a non-accredited courses during the outbreak. It should help you ensure that you can still work towards meeting the Minimum Training Standards (MTS), which are the criteria for Accreditation.

At-a-glance guidance

It’s important that you download and read the whole document below, but here are the most important points that will apply only during the period affected by the pandemic.

Remote teaching - we will recognise all hours of remote CBT teaching as long as -

  • Students are able to interact in real time, take part in discussion and ask questions
  • The teaching includes the opportunity for small group work
  • The teaching includes the opportunity for skills development, such as demonstrations and role play
  • You have 50:50 ratio of theory and skills teaching

Remote clinical practice - provided you follow the guidance in the full document below, you can count sessions delivered via video-conferencing and phone towards your 200 hours’ clinical practice during the pandemic.

Remote supervision - we will recognise clinical supervision delivered via video-conferencing, as long as the usual expectations for ‘close’/ live clinical supervision are met.  Some telephone sessions may also be counted.

Additional or extended training -  in all circumstances, you must meet the Minimum Training Standards to apply for Accreditation.  If you graduated early due to the pandemic, this may mean some additional training after you have qualified, others may have to extend their period of training.

Full Guidance for working towards Accreditation during the COVID-19 outbreak [PDF]

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