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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Level 1 (PGDip)

Postgraduate Diploma
2 years
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2021

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.

This course is subject to revalidation.

CBT practitioners use talking therapy to help patients change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour. It’s recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, psychosis and personality disorders. 

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 

Whether you’re new to CBT or an experienced clinician, your choice of modules will allow you to develop specialisms to meet your personal interests or the needs of your clinical practice. 

Typical optional modules might cover subjects such as: 

  • CBT for psychosis 
  • supervisory skills 
  • working with patients with serious mental illness 

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.


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British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

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