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Cognitive Behavioural Practice - Postgraduate Certificate

The aim of this course is to introduce the concepts and skills of cognitive behavioural therapy. The course will provide teaching and learning in mental health awareness, an introduction to CBT theory and methods and low intensity interventions for professionals working in health and social care programmes.  This course will provide training to assess and support service users with common mental health problems (mainly anxiety and depression) in the self-management of their recovery and use evidence-based low-intensity psychological treatments, mainly associated with CBT.

Skills-based competency and academic competency will be assessed.


one academic year

Attendance requirements:

one day per week over two 12-week semesters (Fridays)

Autumn semester:

Modules 1 and 3

Spring semester:

Modules 2 and 4

Module 1: 

SWK8092: Mental Health Awareness, Engagement and Assessment 

Module 2: 

SWK8093: Evidence-Based Low-Intensity Psychological Intervention for Mild to Moderate Mental Health 

Module 3: 

SWK8094: Introduction to CBT theories and methods                              

Module 4:

SWK8095: Providing psychological interventions at Levels 1 and 2 in a Stepped Care Model

CATS points:

60 CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme)

Assessment methods:

A variety of assessment methods will be used including written assignments and role plays.


Information on fees for the forthcoming academic year 2015/2016 can be found here.

For entrance requirements please refer to the online CourseFinder:

Applicants must:

  • A 2.2 Honours degree (minimum mark 57%) or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement but hold a professional qualification will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Provide evidence of working with people who have experienced a mental health problem
  • Have a broad understanding of mental health issues
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Have good organizational and computer skills
  • Have the support of their line manager

Download the Cognitive Behavioural Practice - Postgraduate Certificate Prospectus


It will be useful if applicants are currently engaged with service users presenting with emotional/psychological difficulties.


Closing date to apply online: 30 June 2015 


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