Taught course

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Institution
University of Birmingham · School of Psychology
Qualifications
PGDip

Entry requirements

Route 1 Entry

This route is for new graduates holding a Psychology BSc degree, with some voluntary experience. The entry requirements are below:

  • A good 2:1 Honours degree or above in Psychology
  • Experience of counselling for at least 6 months within mental health and social care (this could be nightline or Samaritans or similar)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (to be assessed at interview)
  • A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required by the University

Route 2 Entry

Route 2 is for those who currently work in a typical health or social care environment in a role which entails some level of psychotherapeutic practice. The entry requirements are below:

1. Professional background (i.e. ONE of the following:)

a) Mental Health or social care graduate professional qualification (e.g. Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychiatry, Applied Psychology or Counselling/Psychotherapy) PLUS two years full-time equivalent post qualification experience. However, the clinical roles of individuals with such qualifications and experience will be discussed at interview, and evidence of having worked therapeutically with clients (using psychological principles and approaches) will be required.

b) Applications from those who do not have a prior professional qualification as above will be considered, if they have an Honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, Health/Social Sciences) PLUS three years full-time equivalent postgraduate work experience in a relevant professional role (e.g. in mental health, counselling or social care services), which should include relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) gained as part of this work experience. As in criteria a) above, the clinical roles of individuals with such qualifications and experience will be discussed at interview, and evidence of having worked therapeutically with clients (using psychological principles and approaches) will be required.

2. Performance at interview

If applicants meet the entry criteria as above, they will be invited for an interview with two members of staff from CBT Programmes. This will then give them an opportunity to discuss their clinical experience, and their reasons for wishing to become a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. Standard questions will be asked and responses rated, however, the style of the interview will be friendly and collaborative. Most importantly, this is an opportunity for applicants to ask anything they wish about the course that they are interested in, and make an informed decision about whether to study CBT at the University of Birmingham. Our feedback from applicants regarding the interview process is very positive.

General requirement

We require all students on our courses to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check once a place on the course has been offered. This is done via the University and further information is given at this stage.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

CBT is an increasingly popular form of psychological therapy.

Many people who have learned about the methods find that it helps them a great deal in doing their job - if their job involves helping people in distress to experience less distress (eg. as in health care work), or perhaps helping people learn how to manage their life more effectively (eg. also health care - but also education, the prison service, etc). CBT is also recommended by NICE as a first line intervention for many psychological disorders.

This course is designed to enable students to practice CBT. The course is structured around teaching, skills practice, experiential learning, supervision support groups, and academic assignments. The academic assignments include essays, case reports, and recordings of live sessions with clients. Students will also be encouraged to discuss their own views on CBT as well as on mental health and psychological therapy in general. The core feature of the course is the facilitation of reflective practice.

There are two routes of entry to this course:

  • Route 1 - This route is for new graduates holding a Psychology BSc degree, with some voluntary experience.
  • Route 2 - This route is for health and social care professionals depending on previous experiences.

The key features of the course are:

  • Structured Cognitive methods
  • Reducing fear and anxiety using CBT methods
  • Developing your use of CBT methods
  • Using CBT methods in routine service delivery

Qualification and course duration

PGDip

part time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Team
Email
cbt-admissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk