Accreditation of cognitive and/or behavioural (CB) therapists PDF Print E-mail

Accreditation of cognitive and/or behavioural (CB) therapists in EABCT

 

The history of accreditation of cognitive and/or behavioural therapists in EABCT is rather too long. It starts as a discussion, back in the 1970s, on what a CB therapist’s training should include, it goes on with the discussion of “minimum training standards” or “core training standards” through a newborn committee in the 1990s, and it arrives at the consolidation of the criteria for both training and the accreditation process just at the very recent past.

 

The final products of these processes are;

a)      The document on the criteria for training and accreditation (EABCT Training: Standards for Training and Accreditation of Cognitive and/or Behaviour Therapists, September 2009),

b)     The document on the accreditation process that individual EABCT member associations should follow (EABCT Training: Accreditation Protocol, Zagreb - March 2009), as well as

c)      Suggested formal application samples (EABCT Accreditation Application Form, Application for Accreditation as a CBT Therapist/ Standardized Accreditation Scheme).

 

After the occurrence if the above, the accreditation of CB therapists by the EABCT has started just in late 2010 (or early 2011).

 

Accreditation of CB therapists in the Greek Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (GACBP)

 

Since its establishment in 1993, the GACBP should respond to the question of who should and could become its members and what could constitute adequate training in CBT; GACBP should also take into consideration current and available opportunities for CBT training in Greece in general, and in Northern Greece in particular.

 

The Psychotherapy Training Program of the  Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki Medical School (2nd University Department of Psychiatry), a nationally pioneering program that began at the late 1970s, included also training in CB psychotherapy. This program was founded, and more than 20 years run and supervised, by the late Professor Evangelos Dimitriou, it has been co-run and co-supervised by Dr Gregoris Simos from 1987 since today, it has also been joined by Dr Nikolas Nikolaidis since 2002, and it has been a significant source of CT therapist for Greece.

 

Minimum training standards for an adequate training in CBT, especially when there were not any relevant directions and guidelines from EABCT, were exactly those included in the CBT Training Program of the 2nd University Department of Psychiatry/ Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (2nd U.D.P./ A.U.T.) As long as the EABCT training standards were consolidated and specified, this CBT Training Program used to extend, to adjust, and to improve. A comparative examination of the 1999 EABCT minimum training standards, and the above program showed no significant differences (Simos, 1999).

 

As long as the GACBP had not developed a full CBT Training Program, the significant criteria for the accreditation of a CB therapist were the ones suggested by the EABCT as well as those (continuously and accordingly adjusted) criteria of the 2nd U.D.P./ A.U.T./ Community Mental Health Center, Central district, Training Program (Kalpakoglou & Simos, 2004).

 

Today, EABCT has not only adequately and clearly defined training standards in CBT, but has also defined the accreditation process, and has already started accrediting adequate training in CBT through its individual member associations. Significant documents in this process are the Zagreb document (EABCT Training: Accreditation Protocol, Zagreb - March 2009) and the following Standardized Accreditation Scheme (Application for Accreditation as a CBT therapist).

 

    

 

References

Gregoris Simos (1999). “2nd Psychiatric Clinic of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki: Twenty years of experience in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy Training”. A two-day meeting on “Training in Cognitive or Cognitive-Behaviour  Psychotherapy” organized by the “Greek Association for Behaviour Research” and  “University Mental Health Research Institute”, Athens, December 11-12, 1999.

Kalpakoglou T. & Simos G. (2004). CBT in Greece. In different sources, like:  www.eabct.com/history book files/cbt in greece.doc  or http://ebookbrowse.com/cbt-in-greece-doc-d17849468

 

New Accreditation Procedure

According the GACBP Constitution, GACBP takes care of “the accreditation of therapists and supervisors in cognitive and/or behavioural psychotherapy” (Article 2-AIMS) and “the development of an accreditation system for psychotherapists and supervisors in cognitive and/or behavioural psychotherapy” (Article 2-MEANS), and also establishes “the relevant Accreditation Committee or Council that is formed by members of the Board and the Association” (Article 4-MEMBERS), and through its Board “decides on all matters related to the Accreditation Committee or Council (committee establishment, prerequisites, duties etc)” (Article 9-GACBP BOARD).

 

Based on the above, the first three-member six-year-term Accreditation Committee (AC) was established in 2009- Gregoris Simos as AC President, and Nikolas Nikolaidis and Lefteris Konstantinidis as AC Members

 

 

Decisions of the GACBP Accreditation Committee

After a number of AC meetings and after the AC took into considerations the following:

a)the GACBP Constitution,

b)the GACBP history, the history of the development of CBT in Greece, as well as the history of relevant training programs in Greece,

c)the current GACBP training program in CBT (starting in 2008), and

d)the EABCT accreditation procedures (both historically and conceptually),

the AC made the following decisions:

 

A.Accreditation to new GACBP members that have fully attended the GACBP three-year training program in CBT

1.Accreditation is granted to those who have fully attended the GACBP three-year training program in CBT or a similar training program in Greece or Abroad.

2.It is self-evident that the above must comply with the EABCT training standards and corresponding accreditation criteria.

B.Accreditation to older GACBP members or those who had been trained in CBT till 1999

1. Accreditation is granted to those who have been trained before 1999 and have also a ten-year clinical experience in the application of CBT.

2. The above must comply with the GACBP former training standards (adjusted EABCT criteria)

3. Included in the above are those who have fully attended the CBT Training Program of the 2nd University Department of Psychiatry, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, till 1999, or have fully attended a similar CBT training program in Greece or Abroad.

4.This possibility is valid for a three year adjustment period (grand-parenting period), expiring at the December 31st, 2012.

 

C.Accreditation to older GACBP members and those who had been trained in CBT in more recent years (2000-2008)

1. Accreditation is granted to those who have been trained after 2000, and before 2008, and have thus a less than ten-year clinical experience in the application of CBT.

2. The above must comply with the GACBP former training standards (adjusted EABCT criteria), and must also successfully treat four (4) CBT cases under close intensive individual supervision by a GACBP supervisor.    

3. Included in the above are those who have fully attended the CBT Training Program of the 2nd University Department of Psychiatry, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, after 2000, and before 2008, or have fully attended a similar CBT training program in Greece or Abroad.

4.This possibility is valid for a three year adjustment period (grand-parenting period), expiring at the December 31st, 2012.

 

Accreditation Committee: GACBP accredited CBT therapists (2009-2010)

1.Gregoris Simos

2.Vasilis Broumas

3.Gregoris Lavrentiadis

4.Thanos Basdras

5.Lefteris Konstantinidis

6.Nikolas Nikolaidis

7.Vaios Dafoulis

8.Christophoros Nestoris

9.Panagiota Goga

10.Vangelis Karanikas

 

 

March, 2011: During the EABCT 1st Annual Meeting, the document of the accreditation procedure that individual EABCT member associations must follow (EABCT Training: Accreditation Protocol, Zagreb - March 2009), was discussed and voted on. Therefore, it is not a working group suggestion anymore, but the EABCT officially suggested procedure.

 
Banner
GreekEnglish