Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Postgraduate Diploma

CBT is an increasingly popular form of psychological therapy.

Many people who have learned about the methods find that it helps them a great deal in doing their job - if their job involves helping people in distress to experience less distress (eg. as in health care work), or perhaps helping people learn how to manage their life more effectively (eg. also health care - but also education, the prison service, etc). CBT is also recommended by NICE as a first line intervention for many psychological disorders.

This course is designed to enable students to practice CBT. The course is structured around teaching, skills practice, experiential learning, supervision support groups, and academic assignments. The academic assignments include essays, case reports, and recordings of live sessions with clients. Students will also be encouraged to discuss their own views on CBT as well as on mental health and psychological therapy in general. The core feature of the course is the facilitation of reflective practice.

Key Features

  • Structured Cognitive methods
  • Reducing fear and anxiety using CBT methods
  • Developing your use of CBT methods
  • Using CBT methods in routine service delivery

Why study this course

At the end of the PG Diploma in CBT, students will be equipped to use CBT in clinical practice. Whilst the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Postgraduate Diploma is not accredited by BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), the majority of the requirements for personal accreditation as a BABCP accredited practitioner are met.   However students will need to ensure they meet other criteria (e.g. additional supervision hours; number of client contact hours; live supervision whilst on their place of clinical work).  For further information, please see the BABCP website.

This course consists of seven modules.  There are four main entry points depending on previous experience. Please see ‘Fees and funding’ for different entry points.  Route 1 is for new graduates with some voluntary experience, with Route 2 being for health and social care professionals depending on previous experiences. Please see ‘Entry requirements’ for further information.

Key features of the course are:

  • Counselling skills and developing positive therapeutic relationships in clinical practice placements (for new graduate Route 1 applicants only)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an increasingly popular form of psychological therapy, and many people who have learned about the model and associated interventions find that it helps then a great deal in their careers – especially those involving working with psychological distress, and/or helping people to learn how to manage their life more effectively. CBT is also recommended by NICE as a first intervention for many psychological disorders.
  • This course is designed to enable students to practice CBT. The course is structured around teaching, skills practice, experiential learning, supervision support groups, and academic assignments.  Students will also be encouraged to discuss their own views on CBT as well as on mental health and psychological therapy in general.  The core feature of the course is the facilitation of reflective practice.  

Modules

This diploma consists of seven modules – if all of these modules are taken it is a three academic-year course. However, there are four entry points depending on your previous experience. For more information on entry points, please see ‘Entry requirements’.

The modules are as follows:

Teaching Day

Module Number

Title

Credits

Tuesday / Wednesday

1

Psychological Therapy Foundation Course

30 (M Level)

Tuesday

2

Introductory Practitioners Course

20

Thursday

3

Professional Issues in Psychological Therapy (PIPT)

10

 

 

Tuesday

4

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Fundamental Skills

20

5

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Common Mental Health Problems

10

6

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Complex Presentations

20

7

Trans-diagnostic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Complex Presentations

10

This is a part-time course with most modules requiring one day per week teaching – apart from those completing module 1 who will be expected to attend University and placement for two days per week in total for the first 18 months of the course. 

Placement requirements

The CBT PG Diploma teaches students the theory of CBT but also how to use it in clinical practice. The learning outcomes require that the student’s have access to suitable clients so that they can use their CBT skills in clinical settings. Assessments such as case reports and audio recordings of client sessions provide a window into the developing CBT skills of a student. For Module 1 only the University provides a placement that gives student’s access to clients.  However, those students accessing the course via Route 2 (please see 'Entry requirements') are responsible for providing their own placement which will facilitate their learning and allow access to clients so that they can practice their skills and undertake assessed work at the correct time. Inability to source clients and therefore to hand in assignments or to produce material for supervision will lead to failure of the module.

Fees and funding

For specific entry requirements for each Route, please see ‘Entry requirements'.

All fees are correct for 2015/16 academic year.

Route 1: September entry

Module 1 - 7. Three-year course
(Applications close 16 March 2016)

  • Year 1:  Modules 1 and 2 including clinical placement arrangement = £3,250
  • Year 2: Module 3 and placement / supervision sessions = £3,250
  • Year 3: Modules 4 -7 = £5,255

Total Fee = £11,755

To apply via this route, please click ‘Apply Now’ and select 'PG Dip Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (non-APL)'

Route 2: January start

Modules 2 - 7. 18-month course
(Applications close 31 October)

  • Year 1: Module 2 and 3 = £1,690
  • Year 2: Modules 4 -7 = £5,255

Total Fee = £6,945

To apply via this route, please click ‘Apply Now’ below and select 'PGDip: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PT' and mention in  your personal statement which modules you wish to apply for.  For those students wishing to apply for any of the Route 2 options, you will need to demonstrate and have Accredited Prior Learning (APL) equivalent to the modules that they will not take. The APL process needs to be completed as soon as possible before starting the course.  A small administration charge does apply but you will not be charged for the modules that you do not complete due to your APL. 

Route 2: May start

Modules 2 - 7. 14-month course
(Applications close 30 January)

  • Year 1: Module 2 - £1,690 (payment includes modules 2 and 3)
  • Year 2: Modules 3-7 = £5,255 (modules 4-7 only)

Total fee = £6,945

To apply via this route, please click ‘Apply Now’ below and select 'PGDip: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PT' and mention in your personal statement which modules you wish to apply for. For those students wishing to apply for any of the Route 2 options, you will need to demonstrate and have Accredited Prior Learning (APL) equivalent to the modules that they will not take. The APL process needs to be completed as soon as possible before starting the course.  A small administration charge does apply but you will not be charged for the modules that you do not complete due to your APL.

Route 2: September start

Modules 4 - 7 only. 10-month course
(Applications close 30 June)

  • Year 1: Modules 4-7 only

Total Fee = £5,255

To apply via this route, please click ‘Apply Now’ below and select 'PGDip: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PT' and mention in Personal Statement which modules you wish to apply for.

For those students wishing to apply for any of the Route 2 options, you will need to demonstrate and have Accredited Prior Learning (APL) equivalent to the modules that they will not take. The APL process needs to be completed as soon as possible before starting the course.  A small administration charge does apply but you will not be charged for the modules that you do not complete due to your APL.

Entry requirements

Route 1 Entry

For those wishing to enter at Route 1 and do the three-year course, the entry requirements are below:

  • A good 2i degree or above in Psychology
  • Experience of counselling for at least 6 months within mental health and social care (this could be nightline or Samaritans or similar)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (to be assessed at interview)
  • A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required by the University

Route 2 Entry

Route 2 is for those who currently work in a typical health or social care environment in a role which entails some level of psychotherapeutic practice. The entry requirements are below:

1. Professional background (i.e. ONE of the following:)

a) Mental Health or social care graduate professional qualification (e.g. Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychiatry, Applied Psychology or Counselling/Psychotherapy) PLUS two years full-time equivalent post qualification experience.  However, the clinical roles of individuals with such qualifications and experience will be discussed at interview, and evidence of having worked therapeutically with clients (using psychological principles and approaches) will be required.

b) Applications from those who do not have a prior professional qualification as above will be considered, if they have an Honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, Health/Social Sciences) PLUS three years full-time equivalent postgraduate work experience in a relevant professional role (e.g. in mental health, counselling or social care services), which should include relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) gained as part of this work experience.  As in criteria a) above, the clinical roles of individuals with such qualifications and experience will be discussed at interview, and evidence of having worked therapeutically with clients (using psychological principles and approaches) will be required.

2.  Performance at interview

If applicants meet the entry criteria as above, they will be invited for an interview with two members of staff from CBT Programmes.  This will then give them an opportunity to discuss their clinical experience, and their reasons for wishing to become a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.  Standard questions will be asked and responses rated, however, the style of the interview will be friendly and collaborative.  Most importantly, this is an opportunity for applicants to ask anything they wish about the course that they are interested in, and make an informed decision about whether to study CBT at the University of Birmingham.  Our feedback from applicants regarding the interview process is very positive. 

General requirement

We require all students on our courses to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check once a place on the course has been offered.  This is done via the University and further information is given at this stage. 

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Assessment methods

A list of modules with accompanying assignments / submissions detailed below. All due dates are outlined on the timetable when you begin the course. 

Module 1:

  • 2,000-word essay

Module 2:

  • 2,000-word essay
  • 2,000-word session log

Module 3

  • 2,000-word assignment on module

Module 4-7

  • Three audio assignments
  • 2,000-word essay
  • 2,000-word case study x 3
  • 4,000-word case study

Professional accreditation

All of the tutors and clinical supervisors on this Diploma course are BABCP accredited therapists. The course is structured to meet many of the requirements of the BABCP for accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

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