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.