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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Part-time: PgCert 1 year; PgDip 2 years

  • Course Type

    PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    See the website

Course content

This programme offers training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for mental health professionals who wish to use CBT in their practice.

About the programme

CBT approaches and interventions are recognised as a major contributor to psychological treatment. This programme is suitable for a wide range of professionals such as nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, doctors, psychologists and counsellors.

Additional Entry Information

Please note: applicants are required to secure a placement for the duration of the programme, and may need to arrange for individual clinical supervision with a BABCP accredited or accreditable supervisor. Students will attend one day per week, as well as have a required number of clinical hours and self–study each week.

Your learning

- Postgraduate Certificate:
Provides foundational skills in CBT core models and interventions. This programme is suitable for any mental health worker wishing to use CBT interventions in their practice.

You will study three modules:
• CBT Models and Core Competences
• CBT Strategies, Skills and Interventions
• CBT Applied to Anxiety and Depression

- Postgraduate Diploma:
Designed to meet all the requirements for British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies accreditation. This is for students wishing to become fully accredited CBT therapists or high intensity workers. As well as the three modules outlined above, you will additionally complete a further three modules:
• Enhanced Skills and Treatment Models
• CBT for Chronic and Complex Disorders
• Science Ethics and Personal Development

There are 60 hours of work-based learning to be undertaken as part of the Certificate and a further 140 hours to complete the Diploma. In addition to the entry criteria listed, applicants wishing to undertake this training must also be able to demonstrate that they have access to a suitable client group, and a suitably qualified and experienced clinical supervisor. This will usually be achieved through support from your workplace. However, independent applicants will be offered support to achieve this. Applicants who do not have a core profession will be required to complete a KSA (Key Skills and Attributes) portfolio on application.

Our Careers Adviser says

This is an exciting opportunity to train as a CBT therapist at a time when demand is high for these unique skills.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

Visit the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PgCert/PgDip) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!






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