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Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) PgDip


The Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice programme provides you with the theory and practical skills to become a qualified and competent CBT practitioner after you accrue the required contact, clinical, and supervision hours at the end of the PgDip.

The course is unique in using positive psychology principles and practice. It is an experiential course and will train you to facilitate resilience, flourishing and positive development both in yourself and your clients.

You'll have an opportunity to take part in a question-and-answer session in person with Dr Christine Padesky, and one to two online group sessions where you'll be able to discuss some client issues common to the whole group. This is a unique opportunity to learn from a master clinician.

The programme consists of 6 modules of 20 credits each (a total of 120 credits). The first 3 modules are the modules of the PgCert. These 6 modules will enable you to apply for accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

After successful completion of the PgDip you'll be able to progress to the MSc Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) should you wish to develop your research skills.

The PgDip runs over two years part-time. You'll attend university for 20 days per year, on a Thursday.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
2 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


Year 1 

  • Module 1: Fundamentals of CBT 
    You'll acquire basic concepts in CBT such as the theory underlying CBT, the 5 aspects model, the technique of Socratic questioning, the structure of CBT sessions, the thought record and behavioural experiments.
  • Module 2: Advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of anxiety   
    This module will equip you with the assessment and treatment protocols and techniques required to handle generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic (with and without agoraphobia), obsessive compulsive disorder and PTSD.
  • Module 3: Advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of depression, suicidality and low self esteem          
    This module will enable you to handle depression, suicidality and low self-esteem by teaching assessment techniques for an accurate depiction of depression and suicidality. It will look at CBT models for depression and rumination and it will also enable you to facilitate clients to raise their level of self-esteem.

Year 2

  • Module 4: Classic and metacognitive approaches for the treatment of complex presentations
    This module will equip you in third wave CBT (Mindfulness, ACT, and compassion focused CBT and metacognitive therapy). It will also look at using both classic CBT and metacognitive CBT across diagnoses. Complex presentations will include eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, clinical perfectionism, personality disorder and psychosis among others.
  • Module 5: Introduction to positive psychology
    The module introduces you to the science of happiness and well-being. It looks at the theory and research that underpins the discipline of positive psychology. It will help you identify your own strengths and values and purposes from a positive psychology perspective and will enable you to search for strengths in people who commonly suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
  • Module 6: CBT interventions for the development of resilience and flourishing
    Concepts of resilience and flourishing will be explored and you'll develop your own personal model of resilience (PMR) which you can then learn to develop in your clients. You'll learn to use a meta-cognitive model of resilience  and the resilience awareness training tool.

All modules are assessed by a mix of case studies, audio tapes and self-reflective essays.


At the end of the PgDip you will be eligible to apply independently for BABCP accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. You'll be able to practice in the NHS and in private practice. 

This course will train you to develop resilience, flourishing and positive development both in yourself and your clients. This perspective is unique, and there will be high demand for graduates who are able to offer this approach.

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  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
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Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


You'll need to have secured a client base where you'll see depressed and anxious patients and some patients with complex presentations during the course.  This can be within the NHS or within private practice. You'll need approximately 2 completed cases per module. In total you'll need 200 clinical hours of face to face contact with clients. You'll also need to organise a BABCP accredited field supervisor for one individual supervision session, equivalent to one hour, per month. As well as this throughout the course some clinical supervision will be provided by BABCP accredited supervisors at the University.


Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

  • A UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or a health related subject, and a professional qualification such as nurse, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, doctor, or social worker. or;
  • A UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or health related subject plus some experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment (part- time equivalent). Students should have been assessing or treating patients for    not less than 6 months via face-to-face or telephone contact. You'll need to detail this experience in your application and demonstrate it at interview.

We welcome international students who have the equivalent of a UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or related field and substantial experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Substantial experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment. Students should  have been assessing or treating patients for not less than 6 months in total via face-to-face or telephone contact. You'll need to detail this experience in your application and demonstrate it at interview. English language qualifications for international students: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency  or Advanced Grade C.


In addition to the above you'll need to have regular access to adult clients/ patients who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety, and be able to show us evidence for this. To complete the course you'll have treated a minimum of 8-12 clients/patients from assessment to the end of therapy. In order to be eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation you'll need a total of 200 hours of face to face time with clients/patients. Your work with these clients will need to be supervised - see below.


You'll need a BABCP accredited supervisor who can supervise your practice on a monthly basis. You'll need to find and engage this person yourself, and be able to show us evidence for this. The BABCP register is a source of BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapists who might be willing to play this role for you for a fee. You'll need to organise one session per month, a total of 12 per year, with this person. The University will also provide some clinical supervision for you. Together these supervision  hours will contribute to your supervision log in case you wish to pursue the path to BABCP accreditation. You'll need a total of 40 hours of supervision to pass the PgDip.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
2 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

We are now taking applications for January 2017.

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Fees and funding

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The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £4166.67International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 4570Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8333.33
International £12500
The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £4166.67International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 4570Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8333.33
International £12500

Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes 2018/19

The following information is subject to parliamentary approval:

From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will access loans from the Student Loans Company.

Accessing loans will provide students with at least 25% more up-front living cost support whilst you study. You will also have access to the Learning Support Fund, which is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.

Background to these changes can be found on

Council of Deans have prepared a briefing paper and Student Finance have outlined who qualifies. The Funding Clinic provides further information on what support is available.

NHS Bursary will produce guidelines and information once the information has received parliamentary approval.

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