CBT helps patients affected by psychological disorders. It focuses on the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.
The course offers CBT practitioner-level training for healthcare professionals who have already completed introductory and/or intermediate CBT training. Prospective students will have some supervised experience of providing CBT.
The course enables you to develop competency in CBT for anxiety disorders. You'll become a skilled practitioner in this therapeutic approach. The focus is on treating patients with diagnosable anxiety disorders such as:
- social phobia
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
The emphasis is on high-intensity, individual CBT. We do not cover guided self-help, psycho-education, or lower-intensity anxiety management.
We work with a student-centered learning approach to developing as a CBT therapist. You'll conduct CBT therapy with anxiety-disordered patients in their host services. These patients will have moderate-severe anxiety symptoms appropriate for high-intensity psychological therapy.
The diploma explores the psychological treatment of major depression and specialist CBT applications. You'll work with depressed patients, more likely to have complex and recurrent difficulties. You'll cover a broad range of disorders and complex conditions.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete all of the taught modules (120 credits).
What you'll learn
Throughout the course, you'll develop advanced skills, including:
- practical, intensive and detailed training to help the development of competent CBT skills
- the necessary knowledge and attitudes to be an open-minded and informed CBT practitioner
- a critical approach to the subject, through engagement with relevant theory and evidence
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
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How you'll learn
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Professional skills assessments
- Reflective log
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
You'll become an independent CBT practitioner. Your development is measured against the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) guidelines for good practice. You'll contribute to the further development of CBT. You'll then become eligible for practitioner accreditation with BABCP through Standard or Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) curriculum routes.
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Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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Questions about this course?
If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:
Mrs Margaret Whittaker
School of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8485
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