Working with Depression with Prof Paul Grantham


The day covers issues of definition and assessment, cognitive and behavioural theories along with a range of CBT interventions as they apply to depression.


The day covers issues of definition and assessment, cognitive and behavioural theories along with a range of CBT interventions as they apply to depression.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Diploma.

Issues covered include:

  • Definitions of depression – options and limitations
  • Beck’s Cognitive Theory of Depression and implications for treatment
  • Lewinsohn’s and Ferster’s learning theory models of depression and their implications for treatment
  • Psychometric Assessment issues in depression
  • Cognitive Strategies for moderating thinking errors
  • The use Of Pie Charts To moderate guilt in Depression
  • Addressing the issue of Selective Attention in Depression
  • The use of Activity Scheduling and Behavioural Activation

Feedback Statistics (January 2012 Course)

  • How would you rate the course overall? Very Good – 100%.
  • How would you rate the course speaker? Very Good – 100%.
  • How would you rate the usefulness of the course’s content? Very Good – 87.5%; Good – 12.5%.

Course tutor

Prof Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at PSMedUniv, Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues – from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients. Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

December 2019 issue of The British Psychological Society Magazine, The Psychologist, features a long interview with Paul Grantham. Read it here.

Course structure

  • 4 Part Video of a full live training event
  • Full course materials as a PDF (downloadable)
  • Online Test (80% pass mark)
  • Personalised Certificate for 7 CPD Hours