Taught course

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Young People

University of Edinburgh · School of Health in Social Science

Entry requirements

Guidelines for likely acceptance onto the course are possession of an undergraduate degree or equivalent (reaching SCQF level 9) and substantial current or recent work experience providing clinical/clinically relevant experience of children and young people in mental health settings, including statutory and voluntary organisations. Where an applicant's undergraduate degree does not meet the level stated above, or is not obviously related to subjects relevant to children and young people's development and/or mental health, they may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director so long as they meet the relevant experience requirements stipulated above.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme provides students with:

* a full, critical and integrated understanding of the developmental and psychological theories that underlie effective CBT interventions as these are applied to some of the most common problems of childhood;
* proficiency in conducting a functional analysis of childhood problems via the use of self-report, parental/other-report, observation, and interview methods;
* proficiency in providing a cognitive-behavioural formulation of the most common problems of childhood in a written format;
* awareness of and proficiency in the application of the most commonly used techniques associated with CBT including: normalisation of client problems, psycho-education, socratic questioning techniques with children and young people, building a shared CBT formulation with a client, contingency management, activity scheduling, thought records and thought challenging, exposure techniques, coping skills training, and cognitive restructuring in a critical case conceptualisation;
* an understanding of the developmental and systemic perspective of the child/young person and its relationship with their presenting problem.

The core courses are:

* Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Young People: Theory and Practice (20 Credits).
* cyCognitive Behavioural Therapy - Supervised Practice (40 Credits).

Courses are also available to be taken as stand-alone CPD for which credits will be received.

Fees and funding

Please see our Scholarships and Student Finance Office for information about funding opportunities:

* Scholarships and Student Finance Office

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Programme Secretary
+44 (0) 131 651 3970