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Professional Certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Workshop

A 6-day (weekends) professional certificate in CBT.

About this event

Begins with an introduction to the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), followed by a specific focus on its use in treatment for depression and anxiety.

A highly interactive and practical course and all participants will be given time to explore and implement the skills taught.

Includes consideration of various pitfalls or difficulties in this work and a look at cases we find “difficult to treat” or “complex”.


  • Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th September 10am - 4pm 
  • Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th October 10am - 4pm 
  • Saturday 20th - 21st Sunday November 10am - 4pm 

Key features:

The first weekend will be a thorough introduction to and critical exploration of CBT. This will include looking at the key therapeutic principles underlying CBT, the application of CBT with clients and an exploration into the ‘Socratic Method’ (a cornerstone technique within CBT). We will also consider why CBT has become more popular in recent years, when and how should it be used and when its use is contraindicated.

The second weekend will look at how to apply these underlying principles in greater depth with a specific focus upon how to treat clients who present with symptoms of depression. Key ideas in the treatment of depression such as behavioural activation and cognitive reframing will be explored. Various techniques and skills for treatment will be demonstrated. More advanced CBT concepts such as ‘Core Beliefs’ and ‘Intermediate Beliefs’ will be explored.

The final weekend will continue to build upon the prior 2 weekends learning and will focus on the use of CBT for various anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc. We will explore the key differences between these different types of anxiety and discuss the ways in which CBT can be applied accordingly.


Our CPD workshops are open to anyone who is interested in the subject matter, wants to develop their skills and expand their knowledge. This workshop is particularly aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists and those in helping professions who work therapeutically with others.

About the Tutor: 

Dr Penny Utton (BSc (Hons), CPsychol. DPsych., BPS Reg., MBACP):

Penny is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered Psychologist with the Health Professionals Council (HCPC).

Penny currently runs an independent practice, which includes work with families, children and young people as well as adult mental health, supervision, tailored training and legal work. She specialises in and has completed research on trauma, complex trauma, attachment and abuse.

Penny's background includes running a charitable counselling service for young people, as well as work within the NHS adult mental health and child and adolescent mental health services. She has also worked in student counselling and bereavement counselling, trauma and domestic abuse services, as well as acute and secure settings.

Penny is an integrative practitioner who is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, psychodynamic and person centred approaches.

COVID-19 College Regulations:

  • Do not enter if you have displayed any symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days or potentially been in contact with anyone who has had or displayed symptoms within the last 14 days.
  • Please adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times ensuring to keep 2 meters distance at least.
  • Do not share stationary or tools these should be kept for individual use.
  • All paperwork to be signed and sent electronically only.
  • Use hand wipes, gels or other sanitisers provided.
  • Ensure any equipment you are bringing on site has been cleaned and disinfected prior to coming onto site.
  • Please wash your hands on a regular basis.
  • Please cough, sneeze or blow your nose into tissues and dispose of these immediately, if none are available please cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash immediately.
  • Use any PPE required as per the sites rules.

We will be sending all attendees a COVID-19 Pre-Visit Declaration Form prior to the event.

This is an 'in person' workshop, based at Iron Mill's venue in Exeter. The running of this workshop as an 'in person' workshop is dependent on the Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing measures in place at the time of the workshop date. If Covid-19 restrictions are such that the workshop cannot go ahead in person, it will either be postponed or moved online. If this happens, all delegates will be contacted and offered the choice to re-book or receive a refund. We will review arrangements 2 weeks' before the event and inform you of any changes.

*Please note: Ticket Sales end midday the day before the event starts.