How to Become an Inspiring Trainer

Did you recently finish a CBT training course, and discover you were immediately expected to pass on what you learned to others? Has your training role suddenly expanded, so that you have to design and deliver sessions you have never taught before? Do you only feel secure as a trainer when everyone’s attention is on your PowerPoint presentation rather than you? Are you an experienced trainer, feeling that you are would value an opportunity to reflect and replenish your resources? Do you simply want to know how to train others more effectively?

Training others to deliver high quality CBT presents challenges, even for experienced clinicians. Training competencies have not yet been defined, and very few clinicians are themselves trained to train others. On the contrary, it is as if, once you know how to do CBT, you should also know how to train others to do it, and do so confidently and well. Now you can discover how to do just that – how to design training that will lead to lasting learning and long-term application in the real world of clinical practice.

This lively, highly interactive, practical introductory workshop, led by one of the UK’s top CBT trainers, creatively integrates ideas from management development, adult education and learning theory. As a participant, you will learn how to:

  • formulate clear, learner-centred objectives;
  • create an engaging, interactive learning culture;
  • design training so as to maximise learning and encourage vivid recall, and enable your

trainees to transfer what they learn to their own place of work;

  • widen your repertoire of training skills.

You will be able to apply what you learn to a training project of your own, to receive personal feedback on your work, and to experience a variety of learning methods for yourselves.

Feedback from previous participants:

“A fantastic experience and very supportive of my learning”


 “I would recommend this without any hesitation”

 “Beautifully designed – completely modelled how to train. Extremely useful to me in my job”

 “Thank you for this wonderful learning opportunity”


Melanie Fennell

Melanie Fennell was a pioneer of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK, and as a research clinician in the Oxford University Dept of Psychiatry contributed the development and evaluation of cognitive models and treatment protocols for depression and anxiety disorders. She developed and directed the highly successful Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, the Oxford Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies, and the Oxford MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.  She has extensive experience of teaching and training both CBT and MBCT, and has a particular interest in cognitive therapy for depression and low self-esteem.  In July 2002, she was voted “Most Influential Female UK Cognitive Therapist” by the membership of the BABCP, and in 2013 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Association.

Additional Information

Cancellation & changes policy

If you cancel more than 14 days prior to your booked event, we will refund your fee minus a charge of 15% to cover our administration costs. We regret that cancellations 14 days or less before the booked event cannot be refunded or changed/transferred.

If you wish to change/transfer your booking after confirmation we will do our best to accommodate you if you notify us 14 days prior to your booked event, and if there is space to do so. However there will be an administration charge of £15 per change/transfer.


Workshops often contain clinical material. This is always anonymised as far as possible but delegates are none the less reminded to respect confidentiality.

All that is discussed in your therapy sessions will be treated as confidential, with the following exceptions.
We are required to seek supervision by our professional body (The British Psychological Society or equivalent) as a means of ensuring good practice. We will usually inform your referrer of your progress, but the details that we disclose will be discussed with you. We do have a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances, namely, if we believe that a client is of danger to themselves or to others (under the Mental Health Act, 2001) or if we believe that a child is at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989).

If we felt that it would be helpful to request additional medical, social or legal information, we could only do this with your consent. Similarly, should another medical, social or legal professional request information from us, we would not release this without your consent.


OCTC makes every effort to ensure that this programme is delivered as advertised. However, should a presenter have to cancel, we will endeavour to find another suitable presenter. We will inform attendees as soon as is reasonably practical and, if requested, will offer a refund. In the rare event that we are unable to substitute a presenter, we may cancel a workshop and refund payments already made by attendees. OCTC will not refund travel and accommodation costs that attendees may incur.
All the workshops in this programme are carried out by highly experienced therapists and trainers. The individual presenter is responsible for the content of the workshop and any views expressed do not necessarily represent those of OCTC.
Although highly informative, none of the open workshops or workshop series confer a formal qualification or assurance of competence in CBT (or a specialist area of CBT) since we are unable to assess attendee competency within the training event. However, credit and award-bearing courses that lead to formal qualifications are offered by OCTC in conjunction with the University of Oxford. More about these courses is available on our website

Levels of competence

Before booking a place on a workshop, please ensure that it is pitched at the appropriate level of competence for you. The guide to levels is as follows:


Basic workshops are for people from a variety of backgrounds, who have at least one year’s clinical experience. Cognitive behavioural knowledge is not necessary for attendance at these workshops, though in practice, a number of attendees will have some skills in the area, and are refreshing/updating their knowledge.


Intermediate workshops are directed towards people who already have knowledge of CBT, and experience in using cognitive formulations and treatment methods – for instance, they are able to identify and test automatic thoughts, and design behavioural experiments. Most participants will be using CBT as part of their clinical practice, and may still be acquiring new CBT skills.


Advanced courses are directed towards those professionals who use CBT routinely as part of their clinical practice. They have probably undertaken a significant number of training courses and/or workshops, and use a broad range of cognitive behavioural strategies to work with a range of presentations at varying levels of complexity.

Making reservations

Bookings can only be considered confirmed after we have received your online registration or application form and payment (or invoicing details, including an official purchase order document). Please note that registration to workshops closes 7 days prior to the event date.

If you are booking a workshop place for someone else, you must complete your own details in the billing field, but ENTER THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS NAME/ADDRESS in the shipping field. If you wish to order items using a paper order form instead of online, you can view or download an order form in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Once downloaded, print it out, fill it in, and send off with your payment [cheque made payable to OXFORD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST] to the address on the form.


The cost of the workshops includes hot drinks on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but not usually lunch unless stated. However, for workshops that do include lunch, if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know at the time of application.

Special needs

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us
prior to booking.