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Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills

Course Description


This part-time Certificate course provides students with an opportunity to acquire the practical experience and theoretical understanding required to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills with confidence and competence. The content will cover some of the recent developments within the CBT field including the use of mindfulness-based approaches.


The aim of the course is to enable participants to understand individuals’ responses to their life circumstances in terms of the CBT model. You will learn how to formulate problems and practice a wide range of CBT techniques and evaluate the effectiveness of your practice. There are three main areas of emphasis, which are inter-related throughout the course so that sessions will contain elements of each: Theory and Professional Issues, CBT-based Helping Skills, and Personal Development and Reflection on Practice. Students will be required to keep a learning journal, complete formative written and practical assignments, participate in group discussion, presentations and complete homework tasks.


The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the top teacher training institutions in the United Kingdom. The School is a leading centre for research and teaching in education, offering a distinctive range of programmes at Postgraduate level with a diverse community of practitioners, scholars and academics who teach, research, and provide professional development.


This course is ideal for those with a wide range of interests around the helping profession including counsellors, substance misuse, advice and learning support workers. The course will help develop skills and understanding of the ways in which the cognitive behavioural approach can be used to enhance your work.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

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Arundhati Mukherjee

"The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA is committed to developing educational researchers who produce innovative research in different fields of education."

(Student Profile)

Brian Thorne

“The initial Certificate courses at UEA have often proved to be life-changing events for participants. For many, too, they have been the vital first stage in a process which has led ultimately to qualification as a professional counsellor. I am proud to have been associated with these courses since their inception.” - Emeritus Professor


Entry Requirements

No previous degree is required to apply for this course. Applicants should demonstrate evidence of previous study of Counselling Skills, a good understanding of CBT theory and potential opportunities to develop counselling skills in a voluntary placement or a professional role during the course. Some experience of a helping role in which counselling skills are used would be advantageous.

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