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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) (Severe Mental Health) (PGCert)

Postgraduate Certificate
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Develop your cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) knowledge and skills with this advanced course in CBT for severe mental health conditions. This year long postgraduate certificate aligns with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) requirements and can count towards your accreditation as an individual practitioner.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of cognitive behavioural concepts, models and methods. 

By studying both theory and research-based evidence, you’ll develop essential skills in: 

  • colaborative assessment 
  • formulation and treatment  
  • critical decision-making  

Your choice of modules will allow you to develop specialist skills in line with the needs of your clinical practice: 

  • CBT for psychosis and bipolar 
  • CBT for personality presentations  

This is a flexible programme, with most students working in clinical settings and attending the University at least one day a week.

The key difference between this award and the CBT (Severe Mental Health) (PG Dip) is that applicants for this advanced course already have a good working knowledge of CBT for anxiety and depression.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

This course is led by Dr Katherine Newman-Taylor. Katherine works on the CBT and Clinical Psychology programmes at the University, and as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the local NHS trust.  Their clinical interests are in working with people with psychosis, and in adopting a cognitive behavioural approach to living well with voices and paranoia. 

Learn more on Dr Newman-Taylor's staff profile page.


Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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