Taught course

Advanced CBT Practice for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

London South Bank University · Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

A UK first degree (2.1 or above) in a related field and a professional qualification such as PWPs, nurse, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker etc; OR a UK first degree (2.1 or above) in Psychology or health related subject plus substantial experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Substantial experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment. Students should have been assessing or treating patients normally for at least 6 months via face to face or telephone contact. Experience will be evidenced in a portfolio of Knowledge, Skills and Applications.

Months of entry


Course content

The PG (Cert) Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression programme provides you with the theory and practical skills to help people suffering from mild to moderate anxiety and depression using the tools and techniques of CBT at Step 3 of the Stepped Care Model. The programme consists of 3 modules of 20 credits each (a total of 60 credits). These are detailed below. These 3 modules will make a significant contribution to your accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

In Sept 2015, the course will be delivered over 10 weekends. Contact dates are as follows:

  • Module 1 Fundamentals of CBT: Sept. 26, 27 2015, Oct 17, 18, 2015, Nov. 14,15 2015
  • Module 2 Advanced CBT Protocols for the Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety: Dec 12, 13, 2015, Jan. 9, 10 2016, Feb. 12, 13, 2016, Mar.12,13 2016
  • Module 3 Advanced CBT Protocols for the Assessment and Treatment of Depression, Suicidality and Low Self-esteem: Apr. 9,10 2016, May 13 eve, 14,15 2016 (tbc), June 11,12 2016

In May 2016, Dr. Christine Padesky, who is an internationally renowned cognitive Behaviour Therapist will be available in person for a Question and Answer session on a Friday evening(to be confirmed). She will also provide 1-2 group consultation sessions by SKYPE so that you can access her wisdom and experience for your clients.

You will also be required to show us evidence of where you will get your clients and who your field supervisor is as below.


You will need to have regular access to adult clients/ patients who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety. To complete the course you will have treated a minimum of 4-6 clients/patients from assessment to the end of therapy. Though we are compiling a list of possible places to approach, the University has no facilities or staff to help you to find a placement. You will need to find for yourself an organisation where you will have access to patients.


You will need a BABCP accredited supervisor who can supervise your practice on a monthly basis. You will need to find and engage this person yourself. The BABCP register is a source of BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapists who might be willing to play this role for you for a fee. (www.babcp.org). The University will also provide some clinical supervision for you. Together these supervision hours will contribute to your supervision log in case you wish to pursue the path to BABCP accreditation. You will need a total of 20 hours of supervision to pass the PG Cert.


At the end of the PG Cert, you will be able to be able to treat people suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety with Step 3 CBT interventions. You will be able to offer your services in private practice. You will be half way to BABPC accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

Information for international students

You must have an English language qualification before starting a programme of study at London South Bank University. Acceptable qualifications include IELTS Level 6.5 or TOEFL 580.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

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