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Dealing with your Critics with Paul Grantham – 2 CPD Hours

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This 2-hour course on working with the issue of dealing with your critics can be taken independently or as part of a larger, 42 hour, BPS Approved Certificate in Non-Diagnostic Psychological Problems: INTEGRATED CBT FOR COMMON LIFE CHALLENGES, consisting of 15 two-hour training modules and one two-day module. The Certificate is designed to enable delegates to apply Integrated CBT to a range of common problems important to both practitioners and their clients.


Criticism can be both external (other people) and internal (cognitions) and have variable validity. Sensitivity to criticism and emotional reactions to it are intimately tied up with issues of self-esteem, confidence and cognitive style. This Module provides a route map for both assessing the validity of criticism, managing cognitive and emotional reactions to it as well as focusing on a range of strategies for responding – from key social skills through to behaviour change techniques. Concepts and procedures from ACT and CBT are outlined along with clear case study illustration. Common obstacles to therapeutic change are also identified along with strategies for addressing them drawn from MI and Solution Focused Therapy.

These common problems frequently create distress and substantially interfere with functioning for sufferers even though they are not diagnostic problems typically leading to referral to mental health services.

Integrated CBT is an evidence-based approach to tackling problems that addresses process as well as content issues in therapy. It includes 2nd and 3rd wave CBT ideas as well as evidence based “tips” from other therapeutic approaches, such as MI, SFT, REBT and others, specifically to address process issues such as motivation and communication difficulties.

We’ve decided to combine the power of integrated CBT with deeper understanding of non-diagnostic life challenges and this resulted in creation of this Certificate Course.

This Certificate is a series of bite-sized trainings (with the exception of the 2-day detailed training on procrastination) that will guide delegates through cohesive evidence based treatment plans or self-help programmes.

Course tutor

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Director of SDS Seminars
Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with extensive NHS, Social Services and training experience. He has written on a range of therapy and helping issues. An extensively informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work. Paul is a founder and Director of SDS Seminars Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

Course structure

  • Course Video
  • Full course materials as a PDF (downloadable)
  • Personalised Certificate for 2 CPD Hours