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Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment (Postgraduate Diploma)

Course Description

This course is aimed at mental health professionals from a range of professions (e.g. clinical psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers etc) who are incorporating psychological treatments into their work.

The course includes taught components, clinical skills masterclasses and supervision. The course is Level 1 accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and structured so that most of the criteria needed for personal accreditation are fulfilled.

It is run by the Charlie Waller Institute for Evidence-based Psychological Treatment within the Department of Psychology at the University of Reading.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/psychology-pg/postgraduate-diploma-in-evidence-based-psychological-treatments.aspx

What will you study?

A sample of areas covered by the teaching programme includes:

Fundamentals of CBT Theory
Assessment skills
Formulation skills
Structuring sessions
CBT and the therapeutic relationship
Cognitive interventions in CBT
Behavioural interventions in CBT
The fundamentals of working with older people
Anxiety disorders
Complex presentations
Bi-polar disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder
Personality disorders
Eating disorders
Long term conditions
Chronic fatigue

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

This course is designed for individuals who work in the area of mental health and wish to improve their clinical knowledge in skills within psychological treatments which have been shown to be effective.


Complement your postgraduate study of Psychology through a number of NHS partnered clinics, professional training centres and research placements in neuroscience, developmental psychopathology and clinical research.

The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics provides access to state-of-the art technology and expertise in cognitive and computational neuroscience, alongside facilities for experimental and observational research, including a number of specialist laboratories (e.g. virtual reality, ageing, infant vision, infant language, auditory perception, body kinematics, psychophysiology, TMS, EEG).

We provide excellence in research training for both specialist and transferable skills. You will benefit from the many collaborative ventures of staff and from their involvement with major psychological societies, international conferences, journals and funding bodies.

We monitor your progress carefully and coursework is used as an opportunity for feedback and personal development.

Visit the Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment (Postgraduate Diploma) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a relevant undergraduate degree, a postgraduate qualification within a mental health profession, and access to ongoing clinical cases with whom they would engage in therapeutic practice and discuss in supervision.

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