Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Trinity College Dublin

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

The course offers post-qualification training in the theory and practice of cognitive psychotherapy, as applied in a variety of mental health settings. Competence is developed through a combination of weekly clinical supervision, lectures, workshops and written assignments. Assessment is based on the submission of case studies and theoretical reviews, oral presentations and standardised rating of therapy sessions. Prospective candidates may pursue the option of a one year part-time (every Friday over three terms) postgraduate diploma course in cognitive therapy. Emphasis will be on helping participants gain clinical competence in utilising this approach in hospital-based and community-based health care settings. The course substantially contributes to academic and theoretical requirements for accreditation as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and provides the opportunity to engage in introductory supervised clinical casework. Students would be required to complete further supervised clinical work to meet the clinical requirements for accreditation. For further information on accreditation as a cognitive therapist we recommend prospective students consult the BABCP website: and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Ireland

The diploma course introduces the student to the basic theory of cognitive behavioural therapy and customised applications of this model to a range of clinical syndromes. The curriculum emphasises a knowledge of cognitive behavioural models, concepts and methods; competence in developing cognitive case formulations; devising and implementing individual treatment programmes for a range of emotional disorders, and evaluating their effects; understanding the links between cognitive therapy and developmental and cognitive psychology; ethics issues in practising psychotherapy.

Students are supervised treating a minimum of five cases (approx 40 - 50 hours of casework), and are taught the use of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in relation to a variety of different areas and disorders. Teaching takes place one full day per week (Friday) during academic term.

Entry requirements

This course is offered as a specialised post-qualification course that builds on relevant knowledge and skills already possessed by prospective candidates. Suitable candidates for the course will:

• be currently employed in a healthcare setting and providing counselling or psychotherapy as part of their work, and;

• have achieved a recognised third level qualification in a mental health profession (e.g. psychology, nursing, social work, medicine) and;

• have relevant clinical experience and/or evidence of recognised foundation training in counselling/ psychotherapy and;

• have two years postgraduate experience.

Please note that a CV and a completed supplementary form is required as part of the online application process.

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, see for further details.

Application dates

Closing Date: 30th June 2023


1 Year Part Time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

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Career Opportunities
This course equips graduates with the skills to use Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in a variety of mental health settings. Graduates have also pursued further research.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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