Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This Postgraduate Diploma in CBP provides comprehensive training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. The programme is offered over two years with Year 1 leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a with clinical supervision component of Year 2. The course is aligned with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Individuals who successfully complete this programme have the minimum training standards but may require additional supervised clinical work before applying for BABCP accreditation.

Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students can progress to the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

Unique aspects of the course
The course is relevant to healthcare and education professionals, particularly those working in the area of mental health such as psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and allied professionals.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy involves lectures and workshops from Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists and Clinical Psychologists in practice allowing students to learn the application of the theory and research into clinical practice by experienced clinicians. Year 2 is clinically based and involves clinical supervision of practice allowing students to develop their practice competences in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy supported by a strong evidence base.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy must have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (30 credits and will normally:
1. Have an Honours Primary Degree or an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Clinical Therapies, Education or other allied disciplines)
2. Be a practising professional (Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Education or other allied disciplines)
3. Applicants who are practising healthcare professionals must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, the Irish Medical Council, the Health & Social Care Professions Council (or equivalent regulatory body for pharmacists, occupational therapist, speech and language therapists etc.)) or be eligible for such registration. Applicants from allied disciplines or teachers must provide evidence of professional certification.
4. Have a minimum of 36 months post registration experience working within a health care or education setting.
5. Applicants must provide a 250 words statement as to how cognitive behavioural psychotherapy will be useful in their work and confirm they have access to individuals experiencing mental health difficulties in order to undertake the clinical component of this programme.
6. All applicants for the postgraduate diploma programme must provide the name and contact details of two referees; at least one of these must be from a work source, either voluntary or paid, who is familiar with their work practice with regards to their suitability for undertaking this programme. The other referee can be from a service user or an employer.

In cases where the number of suitably qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available, selection will be made by interview.

Assessment Info

Assessment of this course will include video work, reflective reports, case presentations, practice assessment, written assignments and submission of taped sessions.

Subjects taught

The Postgraduate Diploma in CBP will provide comprehensive training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, thereby allowing students to become competent in the delivery of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Theoretical learning of the principles and competencies of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy is covered along with Clinical Supervision of practice with clients experiencing mental health difficulties.

Part 1 (30 credits) (Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
MH6134 Theories of Human Development including Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy Theory (5 credits)
MH6135 Therapeutic Relationship in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) (5 credits)
MH6136 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) models of Mental Health Problems I (5 credits)
MH6137 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) models of Mental Health Problems II (10 credits)
MH6138 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) models of Mental Health Problems III (5 credits)

Please note the Postgraduate Certificate must be completed before you apply for the Postgraduate Diploma (Year 2) The PG Cert is not on offer in 2014-15

Postgraduate Diploma Part 2 (30 credits)

MH6000 Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Core Competences (5 credits)

MH6001 Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Practitioner Competences (5 credits)

MH6002 Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Complex Cases (5 credits)

MH6003 Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Supervised Practice (5 Credits)

NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (Blended learning module)


2 years part-time

The part-time option will be taught during evening hours over 2 years.

Enrolment dates

Start Date August 2019

Post Course Info

Progression to the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy-
Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, students can progress to the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. This is not a requirement to practise as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

Skills & Career
If you are a caring professional who would like to develop expertise in evidence based psychotherapy, this course is for you. This programme will enable you to become a reflective practitioner and increase your awareness and theoretical understanding of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. It will encourage you to adopt an informed and critical approach to the professionalisation of psychotherapy. It will further increase your theoretical understanding and practical application of CBT by enhancing your clinical and professional skills thereby allowing you to work towards practicing as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Dip/MSc

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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