What Is Imposter Syndrome?

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalised fear of being exposed as a "fraud". Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. While early research focused on the prevalence among high-achieving women, impostor syndrome has been found to affect both men and women, in roughly equal numbers.

Why Complete this Course?

70% of people in a professional role will encounter Imposter syndrome, approximately 85% of the clients I have worked with, have at some point shown low self-esteem. In 2016 ChildLine reported a 9% increase for young people accessing Counselling sessions for low self-esteem. Low self-esteem will be in your therapy room at some point; imposter syndrome more than likely, will be in your therapy room at some point too, either from you or your client. Low self-esteem can create: anxiety, stress, loneliness, and increased likelihood of depression, cause problems with friendships and romantic relationships. It can seriously impact academic and job performance too. The list of effects can be endless, self-esteem, self-worth; self-belief are the foundations for a healthy, productive, happy and successful life so come and learn more!

Course Curriculum

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  • 1
    Welcome to Imposter Syndrome & Self Esteem 101
    • Join the Facebook Tutor Group
    • Special Course Terms.
  • 2
    Module 1 - Introduction & Background.
    • Module 1 - Printable slides
    • Module 1 - Introduction to Imposter Syndrome & Self Esteem
    • End of Module 1 Quiz
  • 3
    Module 2 - Where from & Why?
    • Module 2 - Printable Slides
    • Module 2.1 - Where does it come from.
    • Module 2.2 - Ted Talk
    • Module 2.3 - 10 Reasons!
    • End of Module 2 Quiz
  • 4
    Module 3 - How to work with it.
    • Module 3 - Printable slides
    • Module 3 - How we work with Imposter Syndrome & Self Esteem issues.
    • Module 3 - Exercise - Daily/Weekly Journal
    • Module 3 - Exercise - What I believe.
    • End of Module 3 Quiz
  • 5
    Module 4 - Practical Application
    • Module 4 - Printable Slides
    • Module 4.1 - Practical Application
    • Module 4 - Model of Healthy Self-Esteem Handout
    • Module 4.2 - Practical Application part 2
    • Module 4 - Exercise - Whats your Oxygen?
    • Module 4 - Self-Esteem Quiz
    • Website Links to exercises mentioned.
    • End of Module 4 Quiz
  • 6
    Course Evaluation
    • Course Evaluation

Is this CPD right for me?


  • You want practical, effective tools on how to do recognise Imposter Syndrome and low self-esteem with individuals.

  • You want to expand your toolkit for working with a range of problems.

  • You want to better understand the back ground to the Imposter Syndrome and low self-esteem model of working with individuals and how it can be applied to your work and adapted to each individual client.

  • You want to feel supported and gain more confidence in the work you're doing, or plan to do, with Imposter Syndrome and low self-esteem.

  • You want to understand and need some help over coming low self-esteem in your own life and relationships.

  • You want to be encouraged and inspired to add Imposter Syndrome and low self-esteem to your practice or specialise in Imposter Syndrome and low self esteem

  • You want to have a roadmap for the work you are doing, rather than taking each session as it comes.

  • You already have talk therapy qualifications & experience of seeing individual clients but want to expand your skills in Imposter Syndrome and low self esteem


    A fully interactive online CPD, watch on any device, watch & listen on your way to work. Watch in your own time at your own pace.


    Be fully supported with a private Facebook group. Your tutor will interact with you whilst you are on the course and after!


    Our seamless payment platform allows you to pay securely, quickly and effortlessly.


This course will help you and/or your clients, in dealing with this very common issue.