BA Hons, MSc
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Reg. No. PYL19563
Continuing Professional Development

As part of their continuing training clinical psychologists are required to undertake a certain number of hours of continuing professional development (CPD) activity every year. The Health Professions Council define CPD as 'a range of learning activities through which health professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure that they retain their capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice.'

The kinds of activities that count towards CPD hours are many and varied. Here are some examples from the areas of activity that are considered applicable:

Work based learning: learning by doing, case studies, reflective practice, clinical discussions with colleagues, peer review, gaining and learning from experience, work shadowing, secondments, in-service training, supervising staff or students, visiting other departments and reporting back.

Professional activity: involvement in a professional body, membership of a specialist interest group, lecturing or teaching, mentoring, being an examiner, being a tutor, maintaining or developing specialist skills, being an expert witness, membership of other professional bodies or groups, giving presentations at conferences, and supervising research.

Formal / educational: courses, further education, carrying out research, attending conferences, writing articles or papers, going to seminars,  distance learning,  and courses accredited by professional body. 

Self-directed learning: reading journals/articles;  reviewing books or articles, updating knowledge through the internet or TV, and keeping a file of your progress.

I engage in many of the activities described above, but for your information I have listed the various CPD training events that I have attended since being re-accredited with the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) in 2013. I was originally accredited in 2003 and am required to seek re-accreditation every five years. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Clinical Skills Workshop (One Day)
Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Recent Advances in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (One Day)
Positive Psychology and Therapy (2008)
Urges, Impulses and Compulsions: Managing Self-Injury and Other Behaviours (One Day)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the Treatment of Anxiety (Two Days)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder and CBT (One Day)
Burn-Out and Mental Health Professions (One Day)

Effective Supervisory Relationships: Research and Practice (One Day)
Competencies Model for CBT for Depression & Anxiety: Transforming Theory into Practice (One Day)
Wit and Wisdom? Doing CBT with Older People (One Day)
Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Worry (One Day)
Cognitive Therapy for Social Phobia (Two Days)
Cognitive Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Two Days)
New Approaches to Grief & Loss Work (One Day)
An Introduction to the Supervision of CBT: Essential Skills (One Day)
Improving Supervision Skills: Problems and Complexities in Practice (One Day)

Through the Eye of the Trauma Storm: EMDR in the Treatment of Trauma (One Day)
Anger and Irritability Workshop (One Day)
Single Session Treatment of Specific Phobia in the Real World (One Day)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Case Conceptualization (Half Day)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Gestalt Therapy (Half Day)
Developing Skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Two Days)
Well-being: What it is and why it matters for Clinical Psychology (One Day)

The Essential Toolkit for Running Groups (One Day)
Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy (Two Days)
CBT Group Supervision (One Day)
Therapy Applications of Translational Research (One Day)
Mastering Behavioural Activation for Depression (Two Days)
Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness Skills (One Day)
ACT Made Simple: Developing Skills in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (Two Days)
Overview of the Systemic Model & Systemic Approaches to Therapy (One Day)
Supervising Reflective Practice (One Day)
Identifying & Using Values in Psychotherapy (Two Days)
The Mindful Couple (One Day)

Use of Cognitive Therapy Scales – Revised: As a Supervision Tool (One Day)
BABCP Annual Conference (Two Days)
Complex Trauma Training for IAPT – Part 1 (One Day)
Complex Trauma Training for IAPT – Part 2 (One Day)
Supervision Skills Workshop: Supervision of Supervision (One Day)

CBT for Type II Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Two Days)
Compassion-Focused CBT for Adults with Childhood Trauma (Two Days)
Personal & Professional Impact of the Implications of Working with Suicidal Patients (One Day)
How Clinicians can use Relational Frame Theory to Inform their Work (One Day)
ACT Beyond Psychopathology (One Day)

Mindfulness, acceptance & psychological Flexibility in Physical Health (One Day)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – CBT Workshop (Two Days)

Working with Deliberate Self Harm (One Day)
ACT for Problems of Post Traumatic Problems in Living (One Day)
ACT for Insomnia (One Day)
Managing Meaning by Managing Images (One Day)

Self-Esteem Made Simple with ACT (Two Days)
Therapist’s Use of Self in ACT (One Day)
A Transdiagnostic Approach to Medically Unexplained Symptoms (One Day)
Living with the Enemy: ACT for Physical Health Problems (Two Days)

ACT for Self-Care (Two Days)
Compassion Focussed CBT (Three Days)
Running Compassionate Resilience Groups (Two Days)
ACT for Young People (Two Days)

2018 (to-date)
Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Using Relational Frame Theory (RFT) (Two Days)
TEAMS: A Novel CBT for Bipolar Disorder (One Day)

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