- CBT Plus, with Depression -

36 modules


Dr William Davies



Depression is often referred to as "the common cold" of mental health - it is very common and we haven't always been very good at treating it. CBT's original application was with depression, NICE guidelines recommend CBT for depression and CBT is clearly one of the front-running interventions for depression. This module is designed to cover the relevant CBT techniques in a way that encourages you to use them subsequently and empowers you to help most people who are depressed.

The APT has mastered the delivery of this training 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"Very helpful, insightful, organised and easy to follow. Will definitely be using this knowledge and these resources with my clients. Highly recommend!"

Training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"I really enjoyed the course and feel that I have learnt a lot and feel enthusiastic about using my newly acquired skills within my practice."

As the author of the course and with a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples, and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the weight of the topic.


"The course provided me with valuable tools and skills that I can use effectively in my job."

This course is APT-accredited, gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course, and can be studied by teams or individuals, see below.

For further information on the format of APT online training, the APT’s guarantee to you, and how to make a group booking, click here.



To access the course straightaway, click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering the course for somebody else, or a group, create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please click here (once the invoice has been paid or upon receipt of an official Purchase Order, we can then grant access to the course).


What this course will do for you:​

  • You will know what depression is: its symptoms, causes and how it affects people.
  • You will be familiar with the major CBT techniques for depression and how to apply them with your own patients.
  • You will know how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy meshes with other helpful interventions for depression, and how to utilise that to the person's benefit.

The course covers:​

  • What is depression? Symptoms, causes and incidence. How to analyse symptoms and interventions by the 5 CBT factors.
  • NICE guidelines on the treatment of depression, especially as they relate to psychological therapies.
  • The measurement of depression. The best evidence of success comes directly from the patient. Questionnaire measures.
  • Diary Keeping. A crucial CBT method, so we look at why this is, and examples of the best forms of diary keeping.
  • Doing something different. If you are depressed, there's no point in carrying on doing the same things as you are right now, but changing established patterns of behaviour is not as easy as it might seem.
  • Enjoyable activities. One reason people don't do enjoyable things is that they don't know what they might enjoy.
  • People who become trapped in lives that are unrewarding for them. How to help them to escape and restructure.
  • Cognitive restructuring. The strongest purely cognitive intervention, we look at what it is and how to do it, including APT forms to help.
  • Thoughts Diaries. We can do the same for people's thoughts and perceptions as we do for their behaviour. This is how.
  • Problem solving: where depression is the result of realistic problems then the best strategy is to resolve the problem rather change one's view. This is how.
  • Social factors. Social factors are often important in depression, so we must know what problems often arise in this area and be able to address them effectively.
  • Biological factors such as exercise, sleep, diet. NICE Guidelines and how to apply the recommended strategies.
  • Drug therapies for depression. "The combination of antidepressants and individual CBT is more cost-effective than either treatment on its own." NICE.
  • Risk Assessment - Suicide: 90% of successfully suicidal individuals seek professional help in the preceding year.
  • Working with suicidal people. Being suicidal is different from being very depressed; how should we respond differently?
  • Course Methods include lecture, discussion, video material, case analysis and practice exercises.


What you receive as a result of attending the training:

All delegates are registered at APT as having attended the course, and receive a downloadable certificate to acknowledge their attendance, registration, and APT-Accreditation at the appropriate level. As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This accreditation is given weight by the fact of over 125,000 professionals having attended APT training.

Upon completion of this course (and exam), delegates will receive Level 2 APT accreditation in the subject.


Click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering for somebody else - or a group - create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please email finance@apt.ac stating; the course title, how many places you require, your organisation's purchase order number, and the name and address for the invoice to be sent to.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate APT Accreditation, Level 2 (18 hours CPD)

Learning Credits

Chapter 1 Introduction
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Chapter 2 The nature of depession
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Chapter 3 What are the causes of depression?
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Chapter 4 The first session with the patient
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Chapter 5 The Structured Interview
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Chapter 6 Case Formulation
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Chapter 7 The Functions of Depression
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Chapter 8 Behavioural Factors
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Chapter 9 Enjoyment and Hedonism
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Chapter 10 Evidence-Based Practice
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Chapter 11 Diary Keeping
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Chapter 12 Scheduling
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Chapter 13 Behavioural Activation
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Chapter 14 Behavioural Factors
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Chapter 15 Biological Factors
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Chapter 16 Sleep
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Chapter 17 Interpersonal/Social factors
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Chapter 18 Environment and Surroundings
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Chapter 19 Thinking style
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Chapter 20 How to Address all or nothing thinking
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Chapter 21 Selective Abstraction
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Chapter 22 Avoiding a big pot-hole
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Chapter 23 You're entitled to be here
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Chapter 24 Maybe we can ‘cheer up’ sometimes
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Chapter 25 Radical and Relentless Problem Solving
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Chapter 26 Mindfulness
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27 Pushing the Boundaries
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Chapter 28 Structuring the sessions
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Chapter 29 Motivational Interviewing
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Chapter 30 Agreeing Homework
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Chapter 31 Cue-cards and smart devices
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Chapter 32 Phone coaching
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Chapter 33 Several Key Questions
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Chapter 34 Applying what we have covered, reliably
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Chapter 35 What have you earned by attending
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Added 21 days ago, by Anonymous
Great course! Thank you:-)
Added about 1 month ago, by Ella
it was easy to go along with
Added 2 months ago, by Anonymous
Very good
Added 3 months ago, by Anonymous
A very thorough and enjoyable course and a thorough multiple choice exam in the specified subject matter. I had flashbacks to my GRE (Graduate Record of Examinations) when sitting the exam - fingers crossed I'll end up with a higher percentile score!
Added 3 months ago, by Tiffany
thank you it was great
Added 5 months ago, by
very accurate
Added 5 months ago, by Anonymous
Good course. Being a quite long course was expecting that we would have an input of what do in each session (like a guide), but was good in general.
Added about 1 year ago, by Anonymous
Very comprehensive and thought provoking. The course has changed the way I treat with depressed patients.
Added over 1 year ago, by Anonymous
Great. Very informative.
Added over 1 year ago, by Luan
I’ve been doing clinical work with people using CBT for a long time but the course is refreshingly presented and hopeful!

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