Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Key facts

Level: Postgraduate

Mode: Part-time

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 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.

Course Aims

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

Programme details

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:

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)

Fees

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

Applications for 2017-18 academic year 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.

Current Postgraduate Certificate in CBT, or Enhanced CBT, students who are interested in applying for progression to the Postgraduate Diploma programme should contact the course administrators.

Terms and conditions

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Sources of funding

Information on financial support