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

Postgraduate Diploma
2 years
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Develop your cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) knowledge and skills to the level of a competent CBT practitioner on this postgraduate diploma at the University of Southampton. This part-time course is accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) at level 1 and will count towards your accreditation as an individual practitioner.

On this part-time PGDip 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: 

  • collaborative 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. 

Typical optional modules will cover severe mental health conditions: 

  • 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.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Katherine Newman-Taylor. Her clinical interests are in working with people with psychosis, and adopting a cognitive behavioural approach to living well with voices and paranoia. 

Read Dr Newman-Taylor's staff profile to find out more about her work.


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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