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 acknowledgment   
  • 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 remain the practitioner's 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 anyone 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




h)      Student Member




  1. Internationally accredited Trainer/Supervisor: 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. 
  2. 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  
  3. Internationally accredited member: 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)  
  4. International course certified member: Having completed a comprehensive CBT course and evaluation (i.e. theoretical and practical testing) of international standard, physically or online, for several months, with 10 hours supervision, plus one year’s experience thereafter. This may include an endorsed post graduate CBT university or online course. Examples of such courses would be longer-term training programs such as the three-month CBT program at Boston University, six to eight months Oxford Learning College online course, OCTC five month online course, nine-month Behavioural Health (Cleveland Centre for Cognitive Therapy) distance education course.     
  5. Advanced associated member:  Having completed several, more advanced CPD accredited CBT workshops, skills classes, or international conferences, 10 hours of supervision plus two years’ experience thereafter. Examples of more advanced workshops would be added modules such as CBT for Depression, CBT for Personality Disorders, CBT for OCD, CBT for PTSD and skills classes such as Socratic Questioning, Case Conceptualization, etc. International conferences could include those organized by the WCCBT, IACP, ABCT, BABCP, EABCT.
  6. Associate member: Attendance of six days or 40 hours 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., or equivalent university CBT course during MA training. Examples of such workshops would be Essentials of CBT and CBT for Anxiety. Accompanying literature, practical work and assessment during training is encouraged for endorsement.   
  7. Open member: Anyone interested in CBT, and are in the helping professions and registered with their professional bodies. S
  8. Student member: 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