Enhancing Eligibility for BABCP Accreditation through the University of Exeter DClinPsy programme

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) is the accrediting body for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the U.K. BABCP offers accreditation for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists, Supervisors, Trainers and Psychological Wellbeing practitioners. BABCP also accredits CBT training courses at two levels. To become a BABCP accredited CB therapist some people attend a CBT training programme that is itself accredited by BABCP. In general these are post-graduate diploma or Masters programmes, including the high-intensity IAPT programmes. If you graduate successfully from one of these programmes you must still submit an application to BABCP, but much of your training is taken for granted, thus the evidence you must supply is substantially reduced. 

Our programme has taken the decision that, at least at present, we will not be applying for programme level accreditation with BABCP. This is because we judged that some of the adjustments necessary would compromise other important aspects of our particular training course. Instead we support those trainees who wish to apply for BABCP accreditation on an individual basis. This means that the trainee is required to evidence various aspects of their CBT training and experience. To help you with this, we made adjustments to our programme and paperwork so that i) we maximise the amount of CBT training and experience that we can reasonably deliver; ii) this training and experience is easily and clearly evidenced; iii) we support those interested in BABCP accreditation by providing advice on the process, and on negotiating DClinPsy training in a way that maximises CBT experience, and by offering additional services to enhance eligibility (such as marking additional case reports). This means that responsibility for demonstrating a portfolio of training and clinical practice in CBT that is commensurate with what is required by BABCP lies with the individual (and can draw from experiences across his / her career to date), however our programme will help trainees to gain and evidence a considerable proportion of the experiences required. 

If this is your first application to BABCP you must submit an application for provisional accreditation. After one year you can apply for full accreditation. 

It is worth noting that BABCP require you to have been practicing in your core profession for one year before applying for provisional accreditation: for many trainees this will mean waiting until one year post qualification from the DClinPsy. Nevertheless, we can help you to put together a portfolio of experience in anticipation of an application. 

For those trainees who already have provisional or full BABCP accreditation we offer support in progressing / maintaining accredited status. 

For further information see:

http://www.babcp.com/Accreditation/Accreditation.aspx 

Please also see our guidance for trainees which gives more detail on how we support accreditation applications and what you as a trainee can do to progress this: Enhancing Eligibility for Accreditation.

Are you interested in gaining BABCP accreditation?

Trainees who are interested in future BABCP accreditation should discuss this with their appraiser and clinical tutor. The clinical tutor will seek to arrange the relevant placement opportunities (a minimum of 8 CBT cases, covering at least 3 different problem types), but this will be dependent on supervisor availability and trainees learning needs.

Trainees will have the opportunity to attend BABCP case report “clinics” to discuss these further prior to investing time and effort in writing additional reports.

Please contact Kim Wright K.A.Wright@exeter.ac.uk if you have any queries relating to CBT accreditation.

Overview of Enhancing Eligibility whilst on the programme

Additional detailed information on applying to BABCP, and guidance and documents for selecting and recording experiences gathered whilst on the programme, are made available to trainees on starting the programme via the online learning resource (ELE).

Teaching

In your BABCP application you will be asked to provide details and evidence of the teaching on CBT that you have received as part of your core professional training. As this teaching is consistent across trainees, the programme will provide you with a yearly list of the CBT relevant teaching that you have received.

Self-study

BABCP require that you complete 450 hours of specialist CBT training, at least 200 of which must be directly taught; the remainder can be prescribed self-study. On this programme you may accrue these hours as part of your study for assessments (such as CPRs, PBLs, MRP), as well as as part of locality packs and on clinical placement. This element will vary from trainee to trainee, however the programme will provide you will evidence of the locality CBT self study hours.

Assessment

 

Clinical Practice

You will need to provide details of any specific behavioural and/or cognitive placements on your DClinPsy or supervised clinical practice. This should captured in your Log of Clinical Activity that forms part of your clinical assessment paperwork.

BABCP requires you to have a minimum of 200 hours of CBT Clinical Practice, supervised by an appropriate CBT Clinical Supervisor (someone who is BABCP accredited as a CBT practitioner or supervisor, or would meet the BABCP practitioner accreditation requirements if they were to apply), totalling at least 40 hours of Clinical Supervision. You must have seen a minimum of 8 CBT cases, covering at least 3 different problem types. Three of these must have been “closely supervised” (see: http://www.babcp.com/files/Accreditation/CBP/Provisional/Close-Supervision-Guidelines-V2-071015.pdf) which involves use of an appropriate competency rating instrument such as the Cognitive Therapy Scale (CTS-R), The supervisor should judge the therapy delivered to be “of a reasonable standard” (see Close Supervision Guidelines for definitions of this).

You are encouraged to use live material and the CTS-R regularly during supervision. This can be used towards the “live observation” requirement of the DClinPsy programme.

Written / Presentation assignments

Four of these cases should have been written up and assessed as case studies (2000-4000 words). Three of these cases must have been closely supervised, using live (in-vivo, video, audio) assessment.

Two of your Clinical Practice Reports (CPRs) can be focused on CBT therapeutic work, and then used to form BABCP case reports. In addition to this you can write up additional case reports to be marked by the programme, and / or present up to 2 cases at the optional CBT case presentation workshop that takes place at the end of year 3.

The BABCP marking guidelines can be viewed here: http://www.babcp.com/files/Accreditation/CBP/Provisional/Case-Study-Marking-Criteria-V1-0513.pdf

We have specific guidelines for the case presentation here: Case Presentation Guidelines.

Summary of what is needed to apply for BABCP accreditation

Teaching

  • Evidence of CBT teaching that you have received as part of your core professional training (e.g. DClin).

Self- study

  • 450 hours of specialist CBT training, at least 200 of which must be directly taught (this is covered in the DClin curriculum); the remainder can be prescribed self-study.  Trainees will need to keep a log of self-study have this signed off by the appropriate team members.

Clinical practice

  • A minimum of 200 hours of CBT clinical practice, supervised by appropriate CBT clinical supervisor, totalling at least 40 hours of clinical supervision.
  • A minimum of 8 CBT cases, covering at least 3 different problem types.
  • Ensure monthly CBT supervision over 12 months before application, as well as that over 50% of work is cognitive behavioural. This must be logged and signed by supervisor. (N.B. Please note that BABCP require you to have been practicing in your core profession for one year before applying for provisional accreditation – see above).

Academic / written assessments

  • Four cases reports / studies (2000-4000 words). Up to two may be a case presentation with written support such as a summary/PowerPoint.
  • Three of these cases must have been closely supervised, using live (in-vivo, video, audio) assessment (e.g. CTS-R).

 

Timeline

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Post qualification

Oct-Dec

Jan-Mar

Apr - June

July-Sept

Oct-Dec

Jan-Mar

Apr - June

July-Sept

Oct-Dec

Jan-Mar

Apr - June

July-Sept

Work with at least 8 CBT cases, covering 3 problem types, using live material and competence rating

 

Get supervisor and appraiser signatures for 8 cases, if not already done

Record self-study hours and have these signed off

 

 

Write up to 2 CPRs on CBT assessment and intervention

Write up additional cases, and have these and relevant CPRs marked / signed off by programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

List of CBT teaching received emailed to yr 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case report clinic(s)

Case presentation workshop(s)

 

 

 

 

Discuss accumulation of CBT casework and case reports in appraisals; plan future CBT experience

 

 

 

Discuss accumulation of CBT casework and case reports in appraisals; plan future CBT experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ensure monthly CBT supervision over 12 months before application, as well as that over 50% of work is cognitive behavioural