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The Institute for CENT offers Membership Services for counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, social workers, youth workers, and students and supporters of these disciplines.

Charter Membership of the Institute for Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CM-I-CENT)

Now you can become a Charter Member and Diplomate of the Institute for CENT (Dip.CENT, CM-I-CENT).


Charter membership of the Institute is open to trained and experienced counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling and clinical psychologists, and social workers, who have an affinity for the CENT/Narrative approach, and who successfully undertake the following course of study:

1. Read Dr Jim Byrne's first two papers - on his Story of Origins***[1], and his Story of Relationship***[2], and write your own memoir of the first two decades of your life.  (This should be a substantial piece of self-reflective writing, which is unlikely to be less than 20-30 pages of typed text).

2. In a second document, describe how your childhood experiences later affected your adult life, and the remedial/therapeutic steps you took to resolve unfinished childhood experiences.  (Again, this should be a serious piece of self-reflection, of between 7 and 15 pages).

3. Critique your memoir and the document described in item 2 above, from the following perspectives:

(a) Transactional analysis (TA)***;

(b) Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)***;

(c) Attachment theory***;

(d) Zen Buddhism***;

(e) The eleven core principles of CENT***; and:

(f) Moral philosophy*** [3] (including rule utilitarianism, deontology and virtue ethics).

Write up this six-part critique - 3(a)-(f) - of your memoir. (About 18 to 24 pages).

4. Read the CENT paper entitled ‘What is CENT?'***, [4]and write a summary of the key points, in your own words.  (At least four pages).

5. Teach the CENT model to two people you know, individually, and describe what you learned from these two experiences.  (At least four pages).

6. Read CENT Paper No.9***: The "Individual" and its Social Relationships - The CENT Perspective[5].  When you reach page 35, make a note of the definition of a self, which begins: "Perhaps I am just this physical organism (body/brain/mind)..." 

Write the entire definition (of a self) on a file card and carry it with you for fourteen days.  Read it over and over again, and repeat it several times every morning, noon and night, so that you over-learn it.

Then, teach this definition to two individuals, and write up your experience of learning this definition, and then teaching it.  Also write your evaluative thoughts about the veracity/usefulness of this definition.  (At least four pages).

7. Read CENT Paper No.3***: An Introduction to the 'Windows Model' of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy[6]. Write a brief handout for use by counselling clients, so they will be able to use the Windows Model in their own lives.  (At least four pages).

8. Write a personal statement under one of the following headings:

(a) What I've learned about CENT so far; or:

(b) How I've applied CENT (in my own life; and/or in my work); or:

(c) How I propose to use CENT, and which elements I look forward to teaching to others.

(This statement should be at least six pages in length).


Combine the documents produced in response to requirements 1-8 above into a portfolio, and write an introductory statement about who you are, where you live, the kind of work you do, and your previous training and experience in the field of counselling/therapy/psychology.  Finally, submit your portfolio to:


Dr Jim Byrne, The Institute for CENT, 27 Wood End, Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8HJ, UK.

The fee for assessing your portfolio is GBP £100.00, and your Diploma in CENT will be awarded on the basis of the content of that portfolio, which should be a good postgraduate standard.  (This fee also includes the cost of your diploma, including postage).

Your fee can be pain in one payment.***

Or in four instalments.***

Immediately upon receiving your Diploma, by surface mail, you can apply to become a Charter Member of the Institute for CENT.  The annual membership fee is currently GBP £40.00.***


For further information, please contact Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling; Executive Director of the Institute for CENT.


Or telephone:

44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK)

01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)



[1] Byrne, J. (2009) A journey through models of mind.  The story of my personal origins.  CENT Paper No.4.  Hebden Bridge: The Institute for CENT. Available online:

[2] Byrne, J. (2010) The Story of Relationship: Or coming to terms with my mother (and father).  CENT Paper No.10.  Hebden Bridge: The Institute for CENT.  Available online:

[3] Byrne, J. (2010) Fairness, Justice and Morality Issues in REBT and CENT. CENT Paper No.2(b).  Hebden Bridge: The Institute for CENT. Available online:

[4] Byrne, J. (2009/2012) What is cognitive emotive narrative therapy (CENT)?  CENT Paper No.2(a).  Updated June 2012. Hebden Bridge: The Institute for CENT.  Available online:

[5] Byrne, J. (2009) The ‘Individual' and its Social Relationships - The CENT Perspective.  CENT Paper No.9.  Hebden Bridge: The Institute for CENT.  Available online:

[6] Byrne, J. (2009) An introduction to the 'Windows Model' of CENT.  CENT Paper No.3.  Hebden Bridge: The Institute for CENT. Available online: