Practitioner Accreditation with the AREBT and/or the BABCP demonstrates to the public and to employers that you meet our high standards of training and experience in REBT/CBT.
You will appear as accredited on the CBT Register UK and Ireland once you have been awarded Practitioner Accreditation. You will be asked to submit your first accreditation audit in 12 months.
If you have completed a Level 2 BABCP Accredited Course or BPS accredited Clinical Psychology Doctorate, please refer to the BABCP accreditation pages of their website for further information of how to apply. If you have previously been accredited with us, you will apply via the Return to Practice for CBT Practioners route. In all other cases please refer to the following:
In order to become an accredited therapist with the AREBT and/or the BABCP, you will need to firstly check your eligibility to apply under the following Criteria:
CRITERIA FOR PRACTITIONER ACCREDITATION
In brief, to become dual accredited as a REBT/CBT Practitioner, you must –
- You must be a member of both AREBT and BABCP
- Be a resident of the UK, its territories or Ireland
- Hold Professional Liability insurance
- have a relevant mental health Core Professional training to degree level or provide evidence of equivalence by completing a KSA portfolio
- Show how your REBT/CBT training meets our Minimum Training Standards (MTS)
- You must adhere to the AREBT Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Members (see below), and be willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required (as well as BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Members as dual accredited)
- Be providing Cognitive and/or Behavioural therapies as your main (or one of your main) therapeutic models in clinical practice
- Demonstrate at least 12 months of CBT supervised clinical practice within the last three years
Practitioner Accreditation Application Form and Guidelines
Criteria and Guidelines for Practitioner Accreditation This document provides guidance for therapists wishing to become AREBT and BABCP dual accredited as a REBT/CBT Practitioner. (If you have completed a BABCP accredited Level 2 training programme or have a BPS accredited Clinical Psychology Doctorate, please refer to the BABCP Practitioner Accreditation pages on their website.)
Further Resources for your application
Minimum Training Standards: Minimum Training Standards (babcp.com)
Please refer to these BABCP minimum training standards when completing your application. Please note that candidates with the MSc in RECBT from Goldsmiths University (an AREBT accredited course) are assessed as having historically met the required training standards in REBT/CBT. (The MSc no longer runs and the AREBT are currently looking for a replacement course).
All other candidates for dual accreditation will need to evidence training in CBT and additionally REBT with reference to the above minimum training standards.
Core Curriculum: (babcp.com)
The BABCP Core Curriculum aims to specify the curriculum content of the CBT training which all practitioners must successfully undertake in order to become eligible for BABCP Practitioner Accreditation. All Practitioners intending to apply for dual AREBT and BABCP accreditation should refer to this document in matching their training to the required standards.
Core Professions (babcp.com) For all applicants – please consult the Core Profession guidelines on the BABCP website.
Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (babcp.com) For KSA applicants – please consult the KSA section of the accreditation pages on the BABCP website.
The forms that will need to be completed as part of your application for provisional accreditation (along with guidance documents/examples) are available below:
You must supply a Supervisor’s Report:
The report must be from your current or most recent REBT/CBT clinical supervisor. They must either be an AREBT or BABCP accredited practitioner or meet the criteria described here:
The report must show that they have included regular ‘live’ assessments (in-vivo, video, audio) of your clinical practice. If your current supervision arrangements have been in place for less than six months, you must also provide a Supervisor Report from your previous Supervisor.
Further information regarding supervision requirements for accreditation can be found in the above Practitioner Accreditation Guidelines.
You must supply a Professional Reference:
The reference must be provided by a BABCP/AREBT accredited REBT/CBT practitioner or a member of one of our recognised Core Professions.
The referee must have had regular professional contact with you during the last 12 months of practice in order to comment on your suitability for accreditation.
Further information regarding Professional Reference requirements for accreditation can be found in the above Practitioner Accreditation Guidelines.
Case Study and Close Supervision Guidance
This document establishes standards and criteria for the assessment of written case studies where the assessment takes place outside the regulations of an academic body. Please refer to these BABCP documents if you need to complete additional case studies or have cases closely supervised after your training:
Instructions for submission and payment
Please do not send anything to us at AREBT or the BABCP by post. The BABCP is managing all applications for dual accreditation on the AREBT’s behalf. Applications for sole accreditation with the AREBT are not currently available.
Please follow the BABCP’s instructions for online submission:
However, you must also notify AREBT on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are intending to submit an application for dual accreditation.