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Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies - Research Skills

Key facts

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
LocationOxford - Ewert House
DatesWed 8 Oct to Thu 11 Dec 2014
Subject area(s)Health
Psychology and Counselling
FeesPlease see payment section for more information
Application statusApplications being accepted
Course codeO14C427B9Y
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:

  • Principles of research
  • 'Real world' research approaches and service evaluation approaches
  • Single case design and other common research designs
  • Statistical analyses

Programme details

This module aims to equip advanced CBT practitioners to become ‘real life’ researchers. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with a range of research approaches and statistical analyses relevant to cognitive behavioural therapy practitioners and researchers. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in the work place. They will be able to critically review research papers and, at the end of the course, devise a viable cognitive behavioural therapy project relevant to their place of work.

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 Sarah Rakovshik

Role: Tutor

Dr. Sarah Rakovshik is the Director of the University of Oxford/ OCTC Postgraduate Diploma in CBT and an experienced clinician who has worked with a...more

Course aims

The aim of this course is for students to develop 'real-life' research skills of cognitive behavioural therapy practitioners.

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 research proposal (1,500 words) for a CBT project. This will demonstrate knowledge of research theory and good practice and an ability to apply this to ‘real life’ questions and issues. The proposal will be reviewed by two markers and will be considered a 'pass' if students have described a project which can realistically be carried out in their place of work.

Teaching methods

This will consist of:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Lectures and discussions
  • Practical exercises including critical evaluation of research
  • Discussions focussing on developing research ideas in teaching sessions

Teaching outcomes

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

  • Be able to critically review and evaluate published research
  • Be able to design a CBT research project which is relevant to their place of work
  • Be able to use existing theoretical and empirical literature to inform their research design
  • Be able to select, use and interpret appropriate statistical analyses


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 1 September 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.

You can apply for this course in the following ways:

Apply by post, email or fax
Application Form PDF document.

Programmes including this module

This module can be studied as part of these programmes:

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