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Course: MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Organised by: Bucks New University - full time. Part-time options are listed here.

: One Year

Start dates: September

Attendance: Two days a week

Venue: High Wycombe Campus

Cost: Available on request

Is this course suitable for me? There is an increased need for access to evidence based psychological therapies throughout the UK, and this course would be appropriate for those interested in the treatment of mental health problems and may include psychologists, mental health professionals, occupational therapists, GP?s, nurses, social workers and other suitable graduates. Professionals who are currently qualified in a different therapeutic approach may enrol for the PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

CBT has been shown to be effective in the treatment of:

  • depression
  • panic attacks
  • phobias
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • insomnia
  • relationship problems
  • workplace stress
  • self esteem issues
  • substance abuse/misuse
  • anger management
  • physical health problems
  • occupational health issues
  • psychosis

The NHS actively promotes provision of evidence based practice and CBT is the evidence-based psychotherapy of choice. It can be effective as a stand-alone treatment and can also be used in conjunction with other medical or psychological treatments.

Themodel is versatile and creative and its techniques can be used selectively in general medical, psychological and nursing practice, as well as informing whole courses of integrated treatment.

OverviewCourse highlights include:

  • the MSc course will equip graduates with the necessary skills to practice as Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
  • upon completion of the course and 200 hours of supervised practice, students can apply for accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • CBT Theory and Practice
  • CBT Practitioner Skills
  • Professional and Ethical Issues
  • Supervised Practice
  • CBT Research Methods
  • CBT Advanced Theory and Practice
  • CBT Advanced Skills
  • Dissertation

Clinical practice: It is a pre-requisite of the course that applicants have access to a clinical population to enable them to implement their CBT training into practice.

Entry requirements: You will hold a relevant degree, eg psychology or the equivalent from an allied field. You must also have work experience, typically of at least two years duration, working with patients in a mental health setting.

Further opportunities: Qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapists may pursue careers within the NHS, the private or commercial sectors.

Alternatively, the Masters degree may lead to a PhD programme or a research career.How to make an applicationIf you have any further questions or would like to apply for the course please contact admissions on or email .

Students funded by the NHS or other employerIf the cost of your course is being funded by your employer, please contact your education lead or manager for guidance as to how they would prefer you to make an application.


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