Professional Memberships

Click here to download the CBTASA membership application form. 

Membership* categories consist of Full (HPCSA registered) or Affiliated (other SA registration categories), which are subdivided according to the CBT practitioners training and experience in specific CBT Models. Please consult the Membership Criteria page for details and required documents.

Membership benefits include 

  • Inclusion in the CBTASA Therapist's network
  • Verification of training and experience background
  • Exposure to referral sources 
  • Guidance on further development, training and supervision 
  • Access to Resources (Research, Events and articles)
  • Opportunity to contribute to the Resources, i.e. advertising related workshops or posting articles with acknowledgement   
  • Benefits of EABCT membership (pending) including conferences, influence and engagement, training and accreditation and book offers. The EABCT accommodates all the CBT generations, including DBT and ACT (see Mission Statement)          

(*HPCSA and other practice regulations are applicable and remains the practitioners responsibility to adhere to.) 

Membership may be applied for in one or more of the following categories and in one or more CBT Model(s) as described on page 2 of the website, only using the highest subcategory for any one CBT Model, i.e.   


Full Member (HPCSA), and CBT Model

Affiliated Member (other registrations i.e. social workers, nurses, etc.), and CBT Model

a)      Internationally accredited     




b)      Academic member



c)       Internationally accredited




d)      International course certified




e)      Advanced associate member



f)       Associate member



g)      Open member






a) Certified by an official credentialing body as an Internationally Accredited Trainer & Supervisor, i.e. The Albert Ellis Institute, The Academy of Cognitive Therapy, The BABCP, etc. 

b) Those that teach/have taught CBT at Master’s degree university level, and/or have considerably contributed to the development of CBT i.e. in research

c) Those that have recognizable International Accreditation at an official credentialing body, i.e. Associate Fellowship, Certification,>certification, or Third generation models criteria per inquiry (contacts on CBT page)  

d) Having completed a comprehensive CBT course and evaluation (i.e. theoretical testing) of international standard, physically or online, for several months, with supervision, plus one years’ experience thereafter. This may include an endorsed post graduate CBT university or online course or extended workshop 

e) Having completed several, more advanced CPD accredited CBT workshops, skills classes, or international conferences, plus two years’ experience thereafter  

f) Attendance of six days of workshops in a specific CBT model at a CPD accredited institute, i.e. at the Centre for CBT, Schema Therapy Institute of SA, Sayori Training, SA DBT Institute, MBCT(IMISA), ACBS(SA), etc.  

g) Anyone interested in CBT, and are in the helping professions and registered with their professional bodies   

h) Master's Degree Psychology students (no application fee required)  


Please contact the CBTASA for more information on obtaining certification in the subcategories above. 

Please note that each CBTASA member is bound by their professional organization’s regulations and standards of conduct/ethics, i.e. with regards to scope of practice: (Announcements and Policy & Guidelines).   

Colleagues registered abroad as psychologists, social workers, counselors, etc. are currently being considered under the category of Provisional Affiliated Member, pending a discussion with the HPCSA’s Professional Board.  

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Contributions by
Prof David Edwards
Dr Linda Blokland
Matthew Watkin
Edgar Tyrone
Bertus Swanepoel
Dr Shane Pienaar-Du Bruyn