Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
The Postgraduate Diploma in 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.
The Course seeks to enable students to:
- Appreciate how theory, research and clinical practice inform each other in cognitive behavioural therapy, contributing to its continued development
- Establish and practise a repertoire of enhanced cognitive behavioural skills
- Develop the ability to apply these skills with specialist patient groups and problem areas encountered in their own places of work
- 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
- Through consultation, identify and resolve difficulties in practice, whether arising from theoretical, practical, interpersonal, personal or ethical problems
Having successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in CBT, or Enhanced CBT, students may apply to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT by continuing their studies with one of the specialist pathways:
Children and Adolescents
Course lead: Dr Joanna Adams
Designed to equip clinicians for work with children, adolescents and their families, this pathway offers specialist supervision and teaching that covers general principles of adapting CBT for children, young people and families, as well as training on working with common disorders with young people and families. Some teaching sessions on relevant topics such as developmental trauma are shared with students on the Complex Presentations pathway.
Students are expected to carry out CBT with at least three suitable patients during the course and receive two hours of small group supervision on a bi-weekly basis.
The course begins with a four-day induction block and then bi-weekly training workshops on Thursdays and Fridays.
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.
Course lead: Dr Helen Kennerley
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: Dr 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 (not available in 2020/21)
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)
Please visit the Postgraduate Diploma 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
The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy builds on credits obtained in the Postgraduate Certificate. Applicants to this award must therefore have already completed, or currently be completing, the Postgraduate Certificate in CBT, or Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced CBT.
Returning students should apply via the Graduate Admissions webpage for this course. Current Certificate students should contact the course team for information on how to apply.
All applications must have been fully completed before the application deadline in order to be considered.
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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