Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Key facts

Level: Postgraduate

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: September 2017

For further information about this course, please visit the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre website, email octc@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk, or telephone +44 (0)1865 902801.

Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy



 

The Postgraduate Certificate has attracted students from clinical and counselling psychology, psychiatry, general practice, nursing, social work, speech therapy, occupational therapy, counselling and the voluntary sector. It provides qualified healthcare professionals with high quality training and supervision in CBT theory and practice, enhancing knowledge and skill in what is now recognised by the National Health Service as a major psychological treatment modality, with a substantial and growing evidence base.

After successful completion students are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Oxford. This award can contribute towards a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT, accredited by The British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies at Level 1.

Course aims

The Course aims to provide students with:
  1. A sound knowledge of cognitive behavioural models, concepts and methods.
  2. An understanding of issues of importance relating to the theory and practice of CBT. These include:
    • the relationship between CBT theory and therapy
    • the use of CBT with a variety of client groups and disorders
    • related research on outcome and process
  3. Competence in assessing patient suitability for CBT
    • in developing CBT case-formulations
    • in devising and implementing individual treatment programmes
    • in evaluating their effects
  4. The ability to convey clearly the central concepts of CBT and to communicate basic treatment skills.
The Course does not aim to prepare students to teach and supervise CBT. The emphasis is on acquiring, practising and communicating specialised clinical skills, within an explicit theoretical framework in relation to associated empirical research.

Teaching

The course begins with a four-day teaching block followed by one full-day per week over two terms. Students receive two hours of small group supervision weekly.

Reading and completion of written assignments will be undertaken in addition to the teaching days. Many students find it effective to set aside six to seven hours a week for private study.

Assessment

Students are required to:

  • take an active part in teaching and supervision sessions, and carry out CBT with the required number of patients
  • complete a 2000 word essay on CBT theory, research and practice
  • complete a 4000 word case report of one treated case
  • submit audio/video recordings of CBT sessions for formative and summative assessment 

Fees

Please visit the Postgraduate Certificate in CBT page on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website for details of course fees and costs for this programme.

Apply for this course

Applications for September 2017 entry are now open.

Applications for this course should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. This website includes further information about this course and a guide to applying.

All applications must have been fully completed before the application deadline in order to be considered.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course

Sources of funding

Information on financial support