Taught course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapies: High Intensity Training

University of Chester · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Applicants will have: • Core professional training and at least 18 months post-qualification experience; or demonstrate core professional equivalence by submitting a BABCP knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA) portfolio (available from BABCP website) alongside the application. • A clinical placement in an IAPT service (minimum of one day per week for part-time students, or 2 days per week for full-time students). • The opportunity to conduct face-to-face assessment and treatment of patients experiencing depression and anxiety disorders in the role of High Intensity Trainee using evidence based CBT treatments (typically 8-20 sessions). • Clinical supervision arrangements in place, with a BABCP accredited therapist (minimum of 1 hour per week on part-time pathway and 2 hours per week on full-time pathway). The clinical supervisor must undergo training regular supervision of supervision from the University CBT programme team. • A level of practice that enables them to complete at least 8 therapy cases over duration of the programme • A good science-based degree or a core professional training (e.g. RMN) with research training experience. • Usually experience of working clinically within an IAPT service (e.g. as a psychological wellbeing practitioner). • Disclosure is required All applications go through a shortlisting procedure. Applicants that are shortlisted are subsequently invited to an interview at the University of Chester, which includes a clinical skills competence assessment.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGDip/MSc in Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies: High Intensity Training programme is a rigorous, challenging and highly rewarding clinical skills training programme. It is aimed at mental health professionals with experience of working clinically within an IAPT service (e.g. as a psychological wellbeing practitioner) who wish to become accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapists.

Our course is one of the leading CBT programmes in the UK, and is fully accredited (Level 2 Accreditation) by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

This High Intensity Training course is an applied programme of study for mental health professionals who can successfully obtain (a) a placement in an IAPT service working as a High Intensity Trainee, and (b) weekly clinical supervision by a BABCP accredited practitioner.

You will be trained through the use of lectures, experiential skills training workshops, and group and individual clinical supervision. More specifically you will have the opportunity to be trained in the use of empirically supported treatments, observe expert clinical demonstrations, and receive constructive feedback on your developing clinical competence.

You will also develop the research competences required to ensure that your clinical interventions are based upon the best available scientific evidence.

Individuals that successfully complete the postgraduate diploma will be eligible to apply for accreditation with BABCP as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. In addition they will be provided with the option to continue studies with a view to achieving a Master of Science qualification. Students that also undertake the M.Sc. option will design, plan and conduct an original piece of research.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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