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Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (Taught)

Cardiff University
1-2 Years
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
04 January 2022

Program description

Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (Taught)

This part-time Postgraduate Diploma course is for professionals working in mental health, such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers, and is designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

It aims to provide high quality postgraduate training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT), and is accredited by the BABCP at Level 1. You will have to meet some further criteria, in addition to the course, for full practitioner accreditation.

The syllabus is based on the Roth & Pilling competency framework for CBT with anxiety disorders and depression, and the course focuses on CBT with adults, although we also welcome practitioners working with children and older adults.

You must be able to practise CBT in your work and have ongoing supervision from a supervisor or manager in your workplace. You will also need five hours’ supervision from a BABCP accredited practitioner.

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Admission requirements

Applicants need:

  • A first degree (please see the 'entry requirements' document for exceptions)
  • A core profession in mental health or KSA portfolio
  • Work (paid or unpaid) in the UK in which you can practise individual CBT with clients experiencing anxiety and depression
  • A manager and a clinical supervisor (these may be the same person)
  • A GCSE level English qualification
  • Personal suitability
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to CBT.

All applicants must be student members of BABCP.

Applicants should apply for the postgraduate certificate (PgCert) in the first instance unless they hold a BABCP accredited CBT certificate from another institution.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • The Fundamentals of CBT
  • CBT for Specific Disorders
  • CBT Clinical Skills
  • CBT Metacompetences

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

Part Time tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Students from the UK/EU is £3,010.

This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.


What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging with this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the theoretical and research base for CBT through completing a Master’s level essay
  • Develop disorder-specific competences in each of three areas: (i) depression, (ii) phobic anxiety disorders i.e. specific phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia (iii) diffuse anxiety disorders i.e. generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Demonstrate CBT skills for specific disorders through completing an extended case report
  • Evidence 100 hours of supervised clinical CBT practice.
  • Evidence 84 hours of training from BABCP accredited practitioners

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