University of East Anglia

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills (Part time) (PG Cert)


Norwich Research Park

Norwich, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills (Part time)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This one year part-time Certificate courses provides students with an opportunity to acquire both the practical experience and the theoretical understanding required to use CBT skills with confidence and competence. Please be aware that completion of this course does not confer professional status, although it does provide a good preparation for Diploma level training. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has risen to prominence as the therapy of choice for many common psychological problems. It provides the foundation work in many self–help approaches and its influence can also be seen beyond the field of counselling and therapy. Central to the model is a focus on helping people to examine and reflect on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and have more control and greater choice in their lives. The cognitive behavioural approach is also the basis of many programmes used to help people change their behaviour and life styles and is used within fields such as management, criminal justice and the health and caring professions. This course will cover some of the recent developments within the CBT field including the use of Mindfulness-based approaches an area with an increasing body of research within CBT. Motivational Interviewing is also explored with its focus on the process of change which makes it a valuable addition to the skills associated with work based on the cognitive behavioural approach and Professional Development. This course attracts people with a wide range of interests including many from the helping professions including counsellors, substance misuse, advice and learning support workers. The course will help you to develop your skills and understanding of the ways in which the cognitive behavioural approach can be used to enhance your work. The aim of the course is to enable participants to understand individuals’ responses to their life circumstances in terms of the CBT model. The focus is on the skills needed to work with people to help them recognise the thinking distortions that are causing and maintaining distress and the behavioural patterns which reinforce it. You will learn how to formulate problems and practice a wide range of CBT techniques and evaluate the effectiveness of your practice. "The course programme is pioneering a long overdue rapprochement between the cognitive-behavioural and person-centred approaches. This raises the exciting prospect of students learning the best of both traditions and bringing them together in a new form of interpersonally informed and empirically founded psychological therapy.." - Frank Wills Best selling co-author of our recommended key texts: 'Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: An Introduction' and 'Cognitive Therapy: Transforming the Image'


The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA, ranked in the top 10 for its subject area in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2014), is one of the UK's premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training.

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