The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Cognitive Behavioural Approaches will give you an introduction to the principles of the subject.
It has been developed for people who wish to develop their knowledge of cognitive behavioural approaches in one or more of the following settings – the helping and health professions, private practice, or management roles where working with people is the prime focus.
Please note – the course does not provide training in the full range of skills and knowledge required to practice cognitive behavoural therapy (CBT). This can be achieved by application to and successful completion of additional modules leading to the postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You may also apply to continue your studies up to MSc.
A strong basis of theoretical psychology underpins the course, giving you a good understanding of where CBT techniques come from and potential developments in theory and practice. You will study practical aspects of CBT such as basic principles and techniques, and assessment and formulation. You will also consider wider issues such as the evaluation of literature, models and therapeutic practice, research methods, professional issues and ethical practice.
The course will also support the development of your personal and transferable skills commensurate with postgraduate study.
What you will learn
You will learn the basic principles of CBT, assessment of clients and formulation of presenting difficulties, CBT techniques, models of anxiety disorders and depression and their application to clinical casework.
At a broader level you will evaluate literature, models and therapeutic practice. Additionally you will consider research methods, design and evaluation to underpin evidence-based practice. You will also study issues relating to ethical practice and the professional role of the therapist.
For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad