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Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Next Intake: Commences January 2020

Due to the large expansion of training activity for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT), the next intake of the Post Graduate Diploma in CBT has been deferred until January 2020.

Train in contemporary evidence based CBT approaches for a range of clinical presentations! A Part time 18 month course preparing you to become an accredited CBT therapist able to work in primary and secondary mental health services and other settings.

The Post Graduate Diploma is post qualification training in the theory and practice of cognitive behavioural therapy. It offers the opportunity to develop a high degree of knowledge and skill in CBT and will be of interest and benefit to a range of professional groups including, nurses, psychologists, medical practitioners, occupational therapists and other health care staff.

The Post Graduate Diploma is fully accredited by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy. Completion of the Programme will, therefore, meet the requirements of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) for Level 2 Accreditation as well as contribute towards accreditation with professional bodies that recognise specific CBT qualifications within their structures.

The Programme aims to provide students with a clear understanding of cognitive behavioural concepts, models, methods and techniques and to enable the development of competences in delivering CBT to a high standard. Those completing the Programme will be able to use what they have learned to enhance the effectiveness of their therapeutic interventions with a wide range of clients.

This is an 18 month, part-time training which begins in January. Students need to arrange for one day a week release from their jobs. Written confirmation to this effect is required from the student’s manager.

The training takes place on a Thursday each week and combines formal teaching sessions with supervised practice. The lectures and workshops are provided at The Wesley Centre, 81-103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ. Supervision is provided in the supervisor’s place of work.

Core areas covered by the formal teaching programme include the following (note: this is a sample only):

CBT Assessment and Formulation skills
Structuring sessions
Identifying and testing negative automatic thoughts
Behavioural principles and methods
Working with enduring cognitions
Working with imagery
Treating simple phobias
Anxiety disorders
Eating disorders
Personality disorders
Substance misuse
Chronic fatigue
Chronic pain
Working with resistance
Working with complex and intractable disorders
Schema-focused therapy
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
CBT Supervision

Supervised practice

Supervision is a central component of the Programme and is provided by members of the Course Staff Team. Supervision takes place in small groups of 3-4 students. The groups remain ‘closed’ for the duration of the Course. This enables the development of supportive working relationships and also helps supervisors monitor their students’ progress and work with them to address their learning needs. To be eligible to receive the aware of Post Graduate Diploma, students need to have delivered at least 200 hours of CBT assessment and intervention by the end of the Programme. It is anticipated that a significant number of these hours will be accrued through eight training cases which must also be completed by the end of the Programme. Cases need to be accessed through students’ own places of work and also need to be approved as suitable for training purposes by their Course Supervisor. Those enrolling on the Programme are required to carry a caseload of at least three to four CBT cases at any one point in time.

Professor Sarah Corrie Programme Director

Dr Tamara Cilliers, Dr Rita Woo

We recognise that our students bring to the Programme a wide variety of professional, academic and vocational qualifications and experience. Our approach to assessing competence reflects this diversity and provides a range of learning opportunities to help you hone your skills in critical analysis, reflective practice and specific CBT competences.

The range of assessment methods used reflects the academic and professional aims of the Programme and includes the following:

Clinical case studies that assess students’ ability to (1) make theory-practice links; (2) devise and implement appropriate intervention plans and (3) critically evaluate and reflect upon their work

Written assignments in the form of short and extended essays to examine knowledge of theory and research

Audiotapes of clinical sessions, played regularly in supervision as well submitted for formal examination

Use of the Cognitive Therapy Scale for self-assessment and formal examination of clinical competence

A log book detailing casework carried out during the training

Additional support for student learning is available through our Personal Advisor Scheme, personal tutorials and individual supervision sessions. Our students also have access to the support services available at Royal Holloway University of London

The Diploma accepts applications from individuals who possess a recognised professional training and qualification in a mental health profession. Successful applicants also typically have an upper second class honours degree. Those with a different level of qualification who can demonstrate the required level of preparedness for post graduate academic work are also welcome. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they have at least two years of post qualification experience in mental health care preferably with some experience of supervised practice in CBT.

Because the Diploma is an advanced qualification, the Programme will only accept applicants who are able to demonstrate core professional skills. These include an ability to form therapeutic relationships with clients, effective listening and communication skills and an ability to conceptualise clients’ difficulties using psychological principles.

Selection is a competitive process, based on the applicant’s level of previous learning and experience in CBT as well as the suitability of training for their current work context. Short-listed applicants are invited for a selection interview which takes place in November.


Course Fees for the 2020/21 Programme are TBC. This includes supervision.


For a copy of the application form please email

Please send your completed application form to:

Eligijus Jakavickas
Course Administrator
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Department of Adult Psychology
7a Woodfield Road London W9 2NW

The closing date for applications for the January 2020 intake is 1 October 2019.

For further details about the Diploma please contact:

Prof Sarah Corrie, Programme Director: Tel: 020 3028 7677; email: