What if I took a BPS accredited Clinical Psychology Doctorate?

Accreditation for Clinical Psychologists and providing evidence of CBT training

To become accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist you must meet all our Minimum Training Standards (MTS) and cover the content in our Core Curriculum.

BABCP Level 2 accredited DClinPsy programme graduates - you will have completed all of MTS and you should complete a Level 2 Accreditation form.

BABCP Level 1 accredited DClinPsy programme graduates - you will have completed a specific amount of the MTS – please complete the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Accreditation form using the guidance provided in the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Accreditation Application Guidelines

Graduates of other BPS accredited DClin Psy programmes – you can apply for BABCP accreditation using the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Application form. Before applying, please read the below information on this page carefully as it will help you with your application and should be used in conjunction with the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Accreditation Application Guidelines which can be found here, along with the application form

Recognition of CBT training from BPS accredited DClin Psy programmes

If you are applying for accreditation as a graduate of DClinPsy programme which is accredited with BPS but not with us, we will recognise, without detailed evidence, that you have received at least -

  • 100 taught CBT hours
  • A pass grade on two CBT case studies

This recognition is particularly useful for those who trained some time ago and may not have detailed evidence of their training. However, you will still need to provide evidence of the remaining 100 hours CBT taught content and 2 case studies.

Why we make this recognition

Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Psychologists set out within the BPS accreditation criteria require CBT teaching and practice as a substantial part of their training. You can find more information on this BPS webpage.

This means that, although the amount of CBT taught on different DClinPsy programmes varies, all qualified Clinical Psychologists who have completed a BPS Accredited Programme will have met some or all of our Minimum Training Standards. 

HCPC Equivalence without completing a BPS course

If you have completed a DClinPsy programme which is not BPS accredited you will need to provide detailed evidence of all your training as described in the Guidelines for Accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and disregard the guidance below.

This is because the HCPC statement of equivalence for Clinical Psychologists does not clearly stipulate the same criteria for CBT specific teaching and practice as the BPS course curriculum. We cannot therefore assume that you have completed 100 hours of CBT teaching and two CBT case studies. 

What this means for your Accreditation application

We will accept your DClinPsy certificate as evidence of completing 100 hours of CBT-taught content and two passed CBT case studies without further detailed evidence. The instructions below will give you further information on how fill in your application form. 

However, it is important to bear in mind that if you use your DClinPsy as evidence of more than 100 CBT taught hours and/or more than two case studies, you must provide detailed evidence of all your training as described in the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Accreditation Guidelines, and disregard the guidance below.

Completing your Application Form

You must complete all the form – this guidance focuses on the areas that you will fill in differently as you aren’t providing evidence of 100 hours and two case studies.  

Criterion 3 

Please enter the DClinPsy course title and university in Sections 3a and 3d of the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Application form and two additional case study details in Section 3f.  

Evidence 3A1 is the DClinPsy Certificate throughout these examples. 

Example of Section 3a - Taught CBT hours of Core Professional Training

There is no need to repeat this information in Section 3b – CBT Specialist Training. You should only complete this if you have university-based CBT post-graduate certificates or diplomas in addition to your DClinPsy.  – You should present your remaining 100 taught CBT hours in Section 3d – Other CBT CPD Training and Experience. This will include CBT CPD, CBT top-up training, short courses etc. Please consult the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Accreditation Guidelines for completing this section and all other parts of the form not referred to here.

Example of Section 3c – Self Directed Study

The Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Application form asks you to provide evidence of 250 self-directed study hours from within any CBT specialist training.

If you can’t provide this from you DClinsPsy course, we will accept evidence from other CBT courses, CPD or independent study. This evidence may be, reading lists from courses, lists you have created of books and articles read and videos watched, references from case studies and assignments.

Example of Section 3eii – Case Studies 

Section 3eiii – CBT Supervised Practice Hours During Training 

For all supervision evidence during training, you can use your DlinPsy, supervision during CBT Top Up training, if you completed it and other CBT specific supervision since training.  


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