Overcoming Obstacles in CBT comes to the rescue of anyone struggling with the challenges of practicing CBT, whether you are a trainee working under supervision or a qualified practitioner. It examines key obstacles, issues and difficulties encountered over the course of the therapy, illustrated with extensive case examples. Learning objectives, practice exercises and further reading lists help you engage with and relate the issues to your own practice.

Supervision: Obstacles in Nurturing the Skills of New Therapists

Supervision: Obstacles in nurturing the skills of new therapists

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter the reader should be able to:

  • recognise the challenges of establishing and maintaining regular CBT supervision;
  • explore and evaluate how supervision informs professional development as a CBT therapist;
  • recognise how supervision and professional development requirements evolve over time.


In recent years there has been a strong drive to increase the availability of CBT, partly by structured and well-defined national programmes, such as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in England, which train graduates de novo and re-train and re-deploy existing health professionals into CBT practice. The growth of CBT prior to IAPT was, however, more a haphazard and ‘organic’ process of self-selection, determined by who sought ...

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