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PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies

Course Description

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies will give you a full understanding of the principles and practice of cognitive behavioural psychotherapies.

It has been developed for people who wish to practice using a cognitive behavioural approach in one or more of the following settings – the helping or health professions, private practice, or management roles where working with people is the prime focus.

A strong basis of theoretical psychology underpins the course. This will ensure your practice-related learning is not separated from its primary academic base and give you a good understanding of where cognitive behavioural psychotherapies techniques come from and potential developments in theory and practice.

You will study practical aspects of cognitive behavioural psychotherapies 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, evidence based-practice, professional issues and ethical practice. Over the course of your studies you will gain 200 hours experience of working with clients in a clinical setting through supervised clinical practice placements arranged on an individual basis by you.

The course will also support the development of your personal and transferable skills commensurate with postgraduate study.

What you will learn

During your studies you will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to underpin cognitive behavioural psychotherapies practice. You will learn the basic principles of cognitive behavioural psychotherapies, and develop skills in the assessment of clients and formulation of their presenting difficulties. You will develop a detailed knowledge of cognitive behavioural psychotherapies techniques, as well as 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

Visit the PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies page on the University of Bolton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship - 3 Awards

The Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship can be awarded to full-time UK, EU, and International Masters students, irrespective of their financial means.In order to receive this Scholarship, applicants must have completed and submitted an application form which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please note that this Scholarship is only available to students undertaking their first Masters course.For more information about this scholarship please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance or contact the Student Funding Advisor, Karen Bentley on 01204 903497

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have been awarded a First-Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) from a UK or EU institution.
You must be studying a full-time taught masters at the University of Bolton campus in Bolton.
You must not be in receipt of any other offer, i.e. Alumni Discount or any other fee reduction.
You must not be in receipt of any other kind of sponsorship towards your tuition fees, for example from an employer.
The course of study must have commenced in September 2014 or later.

Application Procedure

In order to receive the scholarship towards fees students must have completed the Masters Excellence Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please return the form with photocopies of your certificates to:Masters Excellence Scholarship Scheme,
Student Centre,
Chancellor's Mall,
University of Bolton,
Deane Road, Bolton. BL3 5ABTel: +44 (0)1204 903497 / +44 (0)1204 903499
Email: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have: a minimum of an upper second class (2.1) honours degree in a cognate discipline (with high grades in relevant modules); a certificate in counselling skills (or equivalent); previous experience of counselling/therapy and/or client work; access to clients once practice modules commence (usually via arrangement of a voluntary placement); willingness to undertake external supervision with an approved supervisor; satisfactory references and a successful interview.

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