London South Bank University

Course Introduction

The Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice programme provides you with the theory and practical skills to become a qualified and competent CBT practitioner after you accrue the required contact, clinical, and supervision hours at the end of the PgDip.

The course is unique in using positive psychology principles and practice. It is an experiential course and will train you to facilitate resilience, flourishing and positive development both in yourself and your clients.

You'll have an opportunity to take part in a question'and'answer session in person with Dr Christine Padesky, and one to two online group sessions where you'll be able to discuss some client issues common to the whole group. This is a unique opportunity to learn from a master clinician.

The programme consists of 6 modules of 20 credits each (a total of 120 credits). The first 3 modules are the modules of the PgCert. These 6 modules will enable you to apply for accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

After successful completion of the PgDip you'll be able to progress to the MSc Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) should you wish to develop your research skills.

The PgDip runs over two years part'time. You'll attend university for 20 days per year, on a Thursday.

Course Modules

Year 1: Fundamentals of CBT; advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of anxiety; advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of depression, suicidality and low self'esteem.

Year 2: Classic and metacognitive approaches for the treatment of complex presentations; introduction to positive psychology; CBT interventions for the development of resilience and flourishing.

Start Date:

01/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

Qualifications required:

  • -Entry requirements
  • A UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or a health related subject, and a professional qualification such as nurse, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, doctor, or social worker. or;
  • A UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or health related subject plus some experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment (part- time equivalent). Students should have been assessing or treating patients for not less than 6 months via face-to-face or telephone contact. You'll need to detail this experience in your application and demonstrate it at interview.
  • We welcome international students who have the equivalent of a UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or related field and substantial experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Substantial experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment. Students should have been assessing or treating patients for not less than 6 months in total via face-to-face or telephone contact. You'll need to detail this experience in your application and demonstrate it at interview. English language qualifications for international students: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
  • -Clients/Patients
  • In addition to the above you'll need to have regular access to adult clients/ patients who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety, and be able to show us evidence for this. To complete the course you'll have treated a minimum of 8-12 clients/patients from assessment to the end of therapy. In order to be eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation you'll need a total of 200 hours of face to face time with clients/patients. Your work with these clients will need to be supervised - see below.
  • -Supervision
  • You'll need a BABCP accredited supervisor who can supervise your practice on a monthly basis. You'll need to find and engage this person yourself, and be able to show us evidence for this. The BABCP register is a source of BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapists who might be willing to play this role for you for a fee. You'll need to organise one session per month, a total of 12 per year, with this person. The University will also provide some clinical supervision for you. Together these supervision hours will contribute to your supervision log in case you wish to pursue the path to BABCP accreditation. You'll need a total of 40 hours of supervision to pass the PgDip.