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) normally 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) normally in Psychology or health related subject plus substantial experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Applicants who have completed the PGCert Advanced CBT Practice for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression at LSBU will automatically progress onto the three modules of the PGDip.

Months of entry


Course content

The Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) provides you with the theory and practical skills to become a qualified and competent CBT practitioner after you accrue the required training, client contact and supervision hours at the end of the PgDip.

The course is unique in using positive psychology principles and practice for the development of resilience and flourishing in clients with mental health issues. At both the PgCert and PgDip level you will have an opportunity to take part in a question-and-answer session with Dr Christine Padesky, followed up by 1-2 online group sessions where some common client issues will be explored. No other course in the UK currently offers this input from a master clinician.

The programme consists of 6 modules of 20 credits each (a total of 120 credits). 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 the completion of the first 3 modules of the PGCert, you will progress to modules 4, 5 and 6. The course will be delivered over 10 weekends. Provisional contact dates are as follows:

4 - Classic and Metacognitive Approaches for the Treatment of Complex Presentations: Sept. 24 ,25 2016, Oct 8, 9, 2016, Nov 12,13, 2016.

5 - Introduction to Positive Psychology: Dec 10,11 2016, Jan 14,15 2017, Feb 11,12 2017.

6 - CBT Interventions for Resilience and Positive Development: Mar 11,12, 2017, April 15,16, 2017, May 12 eve, 13,14, 2017 (tbc), June 10,11 2017.


You will need to have regular access to adult clients/ patients who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety. You will also normally need some access to clients presenting with complex mental health issues. To complete the course you will have treated a minimum of 8 clients/patients from assessment to the end of therapy. 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 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 40 hours of supervision (inclusive of 20 hours supervision of the PG Cert) to pass the PG Dip.


At the end of the PG Dip you will be eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. You will be able to practice in the NHS and in private practice. Your services will be in high demand because you will be trained to enable people to become resilient and to flourish. Your services will therefore be in great demand.

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
24 months

Course contact details

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