Taught course

Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development)

London South Bank University · Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

  • A UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or a health related subject, and a professional qualification such as nurse, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, doctor, or social worker; or
  • A UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or health related subject plus some experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment (part- time equivalent). Students should have been assessing or treating patients for no less than 6 months via face-to-face or telephone contact.

In addition to the above you'll need to have regular access to adult clients/patients who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety, and be able to show us evidence for this.

You'll need a BABCP accredited supervisor who can supervise your practice on a monthly basis. You'll need to find and engage this person yourself, and be able to show us evidence for this.

Months of entry


Course content

The Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice programme provides you with the theory and practical skills to become a qualified and competent CBT practitioner after you accrue the required contact, clinical, and supervision hours at the end of the PgDip.

The course is unique in using positive psychology principles and practice. It is an experiential course and will train you to facilitate resilience, flourishing and positive development both in yourself and your clients.

You'll have an opportunity to take part in a question-and-answer session in person with Dr Christine Padesky, and one to two online group sessions where you'll be able to discuss some client issues common to the whole group. This is a unique opportunity to learn from a master clinician.

The programme consists of 6 modules of 20 credits each (a total of 120 credits). The first 3 modules are the modules of the PgCert. These 6 modules will enable you to apply for accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

After successful completion of the PgDip you'll be able to progress to the MSc Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) should you wish to develop your research skills.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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