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James Pretzer June 28th, 2008 09:48 PM

Big push to train British therapists in CBT
Britain's National Health Service has a major initiative under way to train therapists in CBT. The goal is to make CBT more widely available given it's extensive empirical support. The funding is £306 million over three years in order to train and employ 3,600 new therapists.

If you would like to find out more about what the British have in mind, might be a good starting place.

James Pretzer July 7th, 2008 08:38 AM

Some non-CBT therapists object
Not surprisingly, not everyone is happy with this plan. See

Rod Whiteley July 7th, 2008 12:29 PM

Re: Big push to train British therapists in CBT
Also, the big push stretches the meaning of the term CBT...


Low-intensity workers assess and support patients with common mental health problems (principally anxiety and depression) in the self-management of their recovery. Treatment programmes are designed to aid clinical improvement and social inclusion – including return to work or other meaningful activity. Low-intensity workers do this through the provision of information and support for evidence-based low-intensity psychological treatments, mainly involving cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Low-intensity psychological treatments place a greater emphasis on patient self-management and are less burdensome then traditional psychological treatments. Examples include guided self-help and computerised CBT. Support is specifically designed to enable patients to optimise their use of self-management recovery information and may be delivered through face-to-face, telephone, email or other contact methods. Low-intensity workers are expected to operate in a stepped-care, high-volume environment carrying as many as 45 active cases at any one time, with workers completing treatment of between 175 and 250 patients per year. Low-intensity workers also provide information on common pharmacological treatments and support patients in decisions which optimise their use of such treatments.
From: Curriculum for low‑intensity therapies workers (PDF)

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