Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Introductory Practitioners Course (IPC)

10 days of teaching
Course Type
Continuing professional development

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is an increasingly popular form of psychological therapy, and 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 experience less distress (e.g. as in health care work), or perhaps helping people learn how to manage their life more effectively (e.g. also health care - but also education, the prison service, etc.).

The IPC consists of ten days of direct teaching with the aim of introducing CBT to a person, and helping those with a partial knowledge of some of the ideas to structure and consolidate those ideas into a limited set of skills, so that they can use some CB methods with some of their clients in their routine clinical work. The IPC is not aimed at producing CB therapists. (For that please see information about the Diploma in CBT).

This course in learning basic cognitive behavioural competences is a stand-alone module of ten days teaching plus two written assignments. Please note that this course will not be running for 2020 entry. The next interation of the course course will be February 2021.

Key Features

  • Introduction to the cognitive behavioural approach
  • Assessment and formulation
  • Cognitive methods
  • Behavioural methods
  • Structuring therapy sessions
  • Working with anxiety
  • Working with depression
  • Different methods of delivering the cognitive behavioural approach
  • Developing your use of cognitive behavioural methods

Who are these courses aimed at?

  • Mental health services, including primary care mental health teams; secondary care specialist teams, inpatient or day services; drug and alcohol, or forensic services;
  • Physical health or non-health care services who have clients with a range of psychological problems;
  • Content focuses primarily on CBT as applied to ‘generic adult mental health´ issues (e.g. anxiety and depression), but those who work with other client groups - e.g. adolescents, older adults, drug & alcohol services, physical healthcare, educational or occupational support services, for example, will usually find the course useful. CBT is a 'broad spectrum approach', although staff working in these other specialisms should not anticipate that their area will feature very much in the teaching days. However, tutors are very open to questions about the use of CBT in other specialities, and some discussion about wider applications can of course be included as the day’s progress.

Introductory Practitioners Course frequently asked questions

Why Study this Course?

Comments from past students

"I felt it extremely useful to explore and practice using techniques that I had been introduced to but still wasn’t familiar with."

"Group work very useful to consolidate learning, plus videos showing real life cases."

"Have found the course very stimulating. As always, really enjoyed lecturer’s style of delivery!"

"Very well paced providing useful examples from practice."

"Very good – covered a huge amount of detail in a short time but wasn’t overwhelming at all."


Course structure


Day Title
1 Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Approach
2 Assessment, Formulation & Suitability for CBA
3 Structured Cognitive Methods
4 Structured Behavioural Methods
5 Reducing fear and anxiety using CBA methods
6 Managing your mood using CBA methods
7 Using CBA methods with other specific presentations
8 Alternative methods of delivery, limits and endings
9 Consolidating your CBA skills and knowledge
10 Developing Your Use of CBA Methods


2020 Course fee: £1430 

Learn more about fees and funding.

For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the website.

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How To Apply

Applications to start in 2021 will open in February 2020 (course dates to be confirmed). The deadline for applications to start in January/February 2021 is 30 November 2020.

Our Standard Requirements

  1. Minimum of either: (i) a relevant professional qualification (e.g. health, social care, education related) or (ii) a relevant 1st degree or postgraduate award (e.g. in psychology, counselling, social care, teaching) or (iii) 2 years full time equivalent work experience with clients with mental health or psychological problems in a supervised clinical setting.
  2. Currently working with clients with mental health or psychological problems.
  3. You should not only have access to clients with whom you must be able to use some basic CB methods, but be able to write about a few sessions of your work with such clients, and submit this information, preserving client confidentiality, to the Programme as part of an assignment. This contact can be with individuals or groups.

International Requirements

The Introductory Practitioners' Course (IPC) is taught over ten sessions across five months with teaching always taking place on a Tuesday.

Assessment Methods

There are two assignments, and they are:

  • a 2,000-word description of their use of core CB methods during one clinical session with each of two clients, plus some self reflection on their use of such methods
  • a 2,000-word essay demonstrating the student’s understanding of the typical Cognitive Behaviour Approach to the treatment for anxiety