Introduction to CBT Course (Series 1) 2025: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION + RECORDING via Zoom

Registration closes @12 noon on 10.01.25


Part 1: Assessment & Formulation – 15th & 16th January

This workshop will give participants a grounding in the fundamental skills of using CBT. The workshop incorporates a brief introduction to basic CBT theory, but the main aim is to teach participants the CBT skills of assessing clients and producing CBT formulations, or case conceptualisations, of their problems. The workshop is focused on practical clinical skills, and therefore the bulk of the work involves role-playing. The workshop leaders will role-play clients and workshop participants in small groups will follow through the different stages of assessment, finally producing a CBT formulation for the ‘client’.

Part 2: Basic Therapeutic Skills – 10th & 11h February

This workshop builds on the Assessment and Formulation workshop, and provides an introduction to some of the basic strategies used in CBT. These include agenda setting, identifying and testing negative thoughts, using guided discovery (“Socratic questioning”), goal setting, and the use of behavioural experiments. As with Part 1, the workshop involves extensive role-playing, in order to give participants hands-on experience and feedback of clinical strategies.

Part 3: Working with Depression – 5th & 6th March

The aim of this workshop is to develop and refine some of the basic skills learned in Parts 1 and 2, and integrate them in the context of working with clients with depression. Particular issues addressed will include: engendering hope, countering withdrawal and inactivity, and dealing with negative automatic thoughts and suicidal ideation. The workshop will provide plenty of opportunity to practise therapy skills derived from the cognitive model of depression.

Part 4: Working with Common Problems – 24th & 25th March

Day 1: Panic (am); Health Anxiety (pm)

Day 2: OCD (am); Social Anxiety (pm)

These workshops build on Parts 1 & 2, and aim to give participants an introduction to specific models and ways of working with some problems commonly encountered in clinical practice. The workshops will be skills based, and give participants opportunities to practice techniques relevant to the specific problems.

These workshops are suitable for mental health professionals from any discipline who want a basic introduction to CBT skills. They have been successfully run around the country for nurses, doctors, trainee psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and counsellors.


The workshops build on each other, and this means that you will only be accepted for Part 2 if you have attended Part 1, and you will only be accepted for Parts 3 and/or 4 if you have attended Parts 1 & 2. You can attend either or both days of Part 4.


New: Workshop recording

By attending this workshop I understand I am giving my consent for the workshop to be video recorded and for this video recording to be available for the amount of time determined by OCTC and outlined in the purchase agreement. My name, if displayed onscreen, and my image will make up part of this recording. Recordings are the property of OCTC and making copies of these recordings or sharing login details is not permitted. Please do not reveal details which may compromise the anonymity of clients.



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).

The registration closing date for each workshop is shown on the workshop description page.  Please note that no applications received after this deadline will be permitted.

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.