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Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies - Clinical Skills

Key facts

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TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
LocationOxford - Ewert House
DatesWed 4 Jun to Tue 30 Sep 2014
Subject area(s)Health
Psychology and Counselling
FeesPlease see payment section for more information
Application statusIn progress - closed to new applications
Course codeO14C425B9Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email octc@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 738816.


The course offers experienced practitioners opportunities for continued professional development and growth, fostering competencies in a range of job roles.


This course will focus on:

  • Developing basic skills in assessing formulating problems which are complex
  • Recent developments in anxiety disorders
  • Working with complex anxiety disorders
  • Recent developments in depressive disorders
  • Working with complex depressive disorders
  • In addition, students will attend two specialist workshops of their choice

Programme details

By the end of the course, students will be familiar with recent clinical developments in anxiety and depression and one or two other clinical areas of their choice. They will be familiar with clinical skills and knowledge necessary to work with patients whose problem presentations are complex by virtue of being chronic or co-morbid, or because the patient has a personality disorder.

Practice Log
To encourage self-reflection (the most effective learning method for experienced therapists), students are asked to keep a learning log, detailing training and supervision experience on the course and elsewhere, relevant client contact, and private study. This is to be maintained for the duration of the module for which the student is registered.



Dr Helen Kennerley

Role: Tutor

Helen Kennerley, D.Phil, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a founder member of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, where she is the...more

Course aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with the clinical knowledge and skills to practice cognitive behavioural therapy with patients with complex problems.

Assessment methods

Those taking the course for credit will have the opportunity to complete the assignment to gain 15 CATS points.

Students will submit a video-recording of their clinical practice with a patient with complex psychological problems. This will be accompanied by a 4,000 word (maximum) case report of the patient's treatment and progress. The case report will also be a self-reflective critique of the student's own practice and will show their ability to use theoretical and empirical literature to inform clinical practice.

Teaching methods

This will consist of:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Didactic Presentations
  • Video Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Clinical Role Play

Teaching outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the recent developments in clinical work with anxiety and depressive disorders, and additional advanced skills and knowledge in an elective clinical area
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the recent developments in clinical work with patients with complex presentations
  • Show an ability to link theory and clinical practice
  • Display satisfactory skills in carrying out CBT practice with a patient with a complex problem(s)
  • Show an ability to carry out self-reflective practice


Rewley House Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 3-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.


The fees for 2014/15 will be confirmed shortly.


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.

Apply for this course

Application deadline is 28 April 2014

All applications must be supported with a CV, one letter of reference, a statement of purpose, and payment or authorised payment in full for the module

Completed applications should be sent to:
Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies Programme
Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
The Warneford Hospital

The ACTS Modules General Information
Students can apply for several modules at one time. Each module is a stand-alone credit bearing course. Each module is examined and carries University of Oxford CATS points.

Teaching for the ACTS modules 2014-15 is generally organised in blocks of three or four days.

Sorry, this course is not currently accepting applications. If you have any questions about this course, please use the course enquiry form.

Programmes including this module

This module can be studied as part of these programmes:

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