Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive & Behaviour Therapies - Cognitive Therapy (CT) Pathway

About the programme

June 2019 Update: We hope to offer this pathway for 2019/20 but this will be subject to the number of applicants. The application form will be available on this page from July 2019. Interviews will take place in August 2019.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy pathway is one pathway of a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT.

This programme is validated by the Division of Psychology and Mental Health, within the School of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester.

It is a full-time multi-disciplinary programme run on one day per week on a Thursday, for 45 days including 3 full week blocks at the beginning of each term, commencing in September and finishing the following July.



Programme Aims

The formal aims of the programme are as follows:

To provide high quality training in the core therapy skills relevant to cognitive and behaviour therapies for students aiming to work with clients with the disorders relevant to their pathway. For all pathways, the programme aims to ensure that all graduates meet recognised minimum clinical competence standards in working using CBT with clients with anxiety and depression, consistent with the relevant competencies framework for psychological interventions with people with anxiety and depression developed by Roth & Pilling (2007) It aims to do this by presenting the relevant theoretical bases of the therapies alongside research evidence of their effectiveness. It endeavours to enable students to develop an understanding of the links between research in the relevant areas of psychological science and practical applications of these therapies.

To provide training consistent with all key governmental objectives, including training in ‘evidence-based practice’ and the provision of ‘lifelong learning’. As the diploma is a post-qualification programme suitable for health, mental health and social care professionals with suitable knowledge and experience, the programme aims to develop and extend professional competence in all relevant professions.

To be consistent with the National Department of Health priorities for mental health. To create a pool of suitably qualified graduates, trained to standards meeting with the provision of services as specified by the National Service Framework for Mental Health (National Health Service Executive). The National Service Framework promotes the training of staff in cognitive and behavioural Therapies and the need for the increased provision of evidence-based psychotherapy to service users. This programme supports the various national ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ programmes which aim significantly to increase the number of people in the workforce delivering evidence-based psychological therapies.

To provide practical support, guidance and supervision in the practice of therapies delivered to clients with the disorders relevant to the pathway, and to help programme participants to develop the clinical skills necessary for working with this client group.

To ensure that all graduates of the programme meet recognised minimum clinical competence standards in working using CBT with clients with the relevant disorders.

To equip participants with the knowledge necessary to go on to develop skills in the application of cognitive behavioural theory and therapy to a broader range of clinical presentations. The aim of the programme is to provide health and social care professionals working in mental health with the opportunity to develop clinical skills and theoretical knowledge in formulation-based cognitive therapy interventions. The programme is grounded in evidence based practice and is informed by the latest advances in clinical and experimental research. The attainment of clinical competence is measured by validated assessment tools.

Programme Participants and Fees

Participants will be predominantly qualified members of the main mental health professions (Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Social Workers, Occupational Therapists in Mental Health, Accredited Counsellors).  Please consult the following link for a list of all health, Mental health and social care professions currently accepted by BABCP as a recognised core profession, which will be accepted as entry criteria:

Applications from individuals with a background in Medicine, Education and Forensic Psychology, General Nursing and Professions allied to Medicine (Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy) are welcome and will be considered on the basis of the applicants prior experience of psychotherapeutic methods in general and specifically cognitive therapy. Successful candidates will have some existing knowledge of cognitive theory and some experience of the practice of cognitive therapy.

Applicants without one of these recognised core professions will be considered for eligibility via the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) framework based on that developed by the BABCP.  The KSA requirements for this training programme will be sent out to applicants.  An example of KSA requirements can be found on the BABCP website

Participants need to be in clinical practice, and have access to a caseload of 4 - 8 adult clients with primary problems of anxiety and depression, who are likely to find CBT a helpful approach. Training supervision is video based, so participants will need to have access to appropriate equipment, and to seek and obtain consent from clients to be video recorded. Participants must agree to, and comply with relevant Information Governance policies of their own organisation and that of GMMH in relation to the storage and transportation of clinical material.

Selection process:

Selection is by application, interview and references. Interviews take place from May onwards.

Programme Fees:

Public and Voluntary Sector: £6,000 

Private Sector: £8,000 

Training Component

The training component is in the form of lectures, workshops and supervision of clinical practice. Following the initial 5 day induction week, attendance is weekly, on one day per week, over three 12 week terms. There are two further teaching blocks at the beginning of terms 2 and 3. The training day on a Thursday will be comprised of supervision in the morning and a skills workshop in the afternoon. 

During term 3, there will be full day Masterclasses on some Mondays or Tuesdays, facilitated by national and international leaders in the development of CBT. On these weeks, supervision only will be provided on Thursdays.

Programme Administrator

Karen Sutherland

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