Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (PgDip/PgCert)
n/a (full-time) / PgCert: 1 year, PgDip: 1 year (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
This is currently the only Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy training programme in Wales accredited by the BABCP.
The programmes aim to provide a high quality postgraduate training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT) for professionals working in mental health.
Who is this Programme for?
Professionals working in mental health e.g. mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers. We also accept students with the equivalent of a professional qualification as assessed by the BABCP’s KSA strategy.
- Both programmes are accredited by British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).
- The programmes are designed to help people towards individual practitioner accreditation with BABCP.
- Currently the only CBT training programme in Wales accredited by the BABCP.
The PgCert programme offers skills-based training days to introduce participants to the fundamentals of CBT and provide training on CBT with specific disorders.
The PgDip programme further develops participants' skills via 14 specialist supervision sessions and feedback on participants’ practice using recordings of therapy sessions.
The syllabus for both programmes is based on the Roth & Pilling competency framework for CBT with anxiety disorders and depression. The programmes focus on CBT with adults although we also welcome practitioners working with children and older adults.
PgCert in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies: consists of 14 training days commencing in January.
PgDip in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies: consists of 14 specialist supervision sessions commencing in January.
Modules for the PgCert programme:
- PST401 Fundamentals of CBT
- PST402 CBT for Specific Disorders
Additional modules for the PgDip programme:
- PST603 CBT Clinical Skills
- PST604 CBT Metacompetences
- The course is assessed via a combination of written assignments and practical assessment.
- The PG Cert is assessed by one essay and two case reports.
- The PG Dip is assessed by a further case report and a rating of a recorded therapy session.
Teaching Methods, Resources and Facilities
The certificate teaching programme is delivered via training days which are 50% skills training and includes training from experts in the field such as Paul Salkovskis, David Clark and Anne Hackmann.
The supervision sessions offered by the diploma programme are offered by BABCP accredited practitioners and include live supervision using therapy recordings.
All students have online access to programme materials and resources via Learning Central and also have access to Cardiff University Library's facilities. We provide recording equipment for students on the diploma programme.
Dave Hitt is a mental health nurse who trained in CBT at the Institute of Psychiatry.
Louise Waddington is a clinical psychologist, and has worked as research therapist on randomised control trials of CBT for anxiety disorders and depression.
Graduates will have gained skills in evaluating evidence, formulation, critical analysis, collaboration, communication, forming effective working relationships, using change methods, evaluation of interventions and reflection. These can be used to provide effective therapy as well as to assist in other work contexts.
Graduates from the programmes will have evidence of skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, recognised by the BABCP, which can be used in a number of employment fields.
- a first degree (please see the 'entry requirements' document for exceptions);
- a core profession in mental health or KSA portfolio (please see the website for details or contact firstname.lastname@example.org);
- work (paid or unpaid) in the UK in which you can practice individual CBT with clients experiencing anxiety and depression
- a manager and a clinical supervisor (these may be the same person)
- a GCSE level English qualification
- personal suitability
- demonstrated interest and commitment to CBT
Additional information as downloadable documents:
- Entry requirements
- Certificate programme training days
- Academic submission
- Programmes specification
- Knowledge skills attitude assessment (KSA)
- Guidelines for assembling and assessing KSA portfolios
- Frequently Asked Questions
How to Apply
Applicants should apply for the PgCert in the first instance.
Applications should be made via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.
Please note that you also need to complete three additional forms:
- Manager's Form - please print this out, have it signed and scan afterwards
- Supervisor's Form - please print this out, have it signed and scan afterwards
- Additional Questions
You then need to upload these forms as part of the online application as supporting documentation on 'Page 7', under 'Other Information'.
Potential students will be interviewed as part of the admissions process. Interviews are usually held in October.
Please note: Course intake for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies is in January each year and the application deadline is in September before each intake. Candidates will be invited to interview in mid-October.
Some of our students are employed by the NHS and are funded or part-funded by their local health board. Others are self-funding.
Next intake: January each year
Name: Mark Jones
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0513