Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Key facts

Level: Postgraduate

Mode: Part-time

Applications for September 2019 entry are now being accepted.

Application deadlines are 12 noon UK time (midday) on:

  • Friday 25 January 2019 
  • Friday 10 May 2019
  • Friday 28 June 2019


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

Application status

  • Application closed

Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


The Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is part of a comprehensive CBT training programme, which has been renowned for its consistent record of excellence in CBT practice, training and supervision over the past 25 years. Oxford is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in CBT and the course draws on an impressive body of local specialist skill and knowledge.

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.

The Postgraduate Certificate 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.

Programme details

Students on the PG Cert in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will study one of the following specialisms:

Complex Presentations

Course lead: Dr Sarah Rakovshik

This course trains therapists to apply evidence-based treatment to presentations falling outside standard CBT protocols – given that comorbidity and complexity are often the rule, and not the exception, in clinical populations. The course comprises 16 days of teaching over five months including supervision on a bi-weekly basis.

Psychological Trauma

Course lead: Martina Mueller

The course covers the impact of psychological trauma on brain function, memory and psychological development, as well as techniques for working effectively with developmental and adult trauma in a range of trauma populations. The course comprises 16 days of teaching in four blocks over a year, with each block including one half-day consultation group.

Psychosis and Bipolar

Course lead: Louise Isham

This new addition to the OCTC programme reflects the growing evidence base for CBT as an effective intervention for people with psychotic and bipolar disorders. Cognitive models of psychosis and bipolar will be covered as well as the latest evidence-based techniques for working with these client groups. The course comprises 18 days of teaching across the year, with an initial four-day induction block in October followed by fortnightly one-day sessions during term time (including teaching and one 2 hour group supervision session).

Supervision and Training

Course lead: Dr Helen Kennerley

The course aims to develop both supervisory and training skills by combining didactic presentation with live teaching and supervision practice. It reflects the increased expectation that clinicians are offered sound supervision and training in CBT in order to achieve adequate standards of CBT. The course comprises 18 workshops (presented in five teaching blocks from October to March).

Course aims

The Course seeks to enable students to:

  1. Appreciate how theory, research and clinical practice inform each other in cognitive behavioural therapy, contributing to its continued development
  2. Establish and practise a repertoire of enhanced cognitive behavioural skills
  3. Develop the ability to apply these skills with specialist patient groups and problem areas encountered in their own places of work
  4. Establish and maintain warm, respectful, collaborative relationships, and develop the ability to understand and manage difficulties in the alliance (including the student’s contribution) using a cognitive conceptual framework
  5. Through consultation, identify and resolve difficulties in practice, whether arising from theoretical, practical, interpersonal, personal or ethical problems


Please visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced 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 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.

Visa Information

For part-time courses longer than six months with a weekly or monthly attendance requirement you will not be eligible for a Tier 4 visa or the Short Term Student route based on the structure of the course.


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