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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis PGDip

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology Psychotherapy Psychiatry

Course type


Course Summary

The PG Dip programme equips students with a critical understanding of psychological models of psychosis and the skills to deliver high quality and creative cognitive behavioural interventions.


The courses have been developed with the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and designed in accordance with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Schizophrenia Guideline psychological therapy recommendations (NICE, 2003, 2014).

The purpose of the courses is to improve the delivery of cognitive behavioural interventions for people with psychosis. CBTp is a complex therapeutic intervention and requires of independent practitioners an advanced theoretical understanding of cognitive models of psychosis and specialist post-qualification skills in relationship building, assessment, formulation and intervention. Our courses train students in each of these requirements, enabling them to develop competence then mastery in therapy delivery, and to provide consultancy, training and supervision to others.

Course purpose

The programmes deliver the clinical skills and theoretical background to work creatively and effectively with people with a schizophrenia spectrum diagnosis.

The Postgraduate Diploma in CBT for psychosis (CBTp) is designed for qualified mental health practitioners and covers both the clinical skills and theoretical background required to become an innovative and successful practitioner of CBTp. We recommend completion of the programme on a part-time basis, over two years. A fast-track one year full time option is available for students with previous experience of relevant clinical work and masters level study.

Course format and assessment

The course begins with three introductory intensive one-day workshops, which aim to provide students with an overview of the model, therapeutic style and content of initial sessions. This is usually a refresher for more experienced students and sets the scene for identifying students' individual learning targets and goals. Teaching modules are examined by assignments – audio recordings, case reports and practice portfolios for the clinical modules; essays and research presentations for the academic modules. Clinical students will be required to work with at least four clients for at least 16 sessions from assessment to completion or termination of therapy over the duration of the programme.

Programme accreditations

This programme contributes to but does not fulfil the BABCP supervision/training requirements necessary for registration as an accredited CBT therapist.

Different course options

Full time | Denmark Hill Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Theoretical Background II: Interventions Efficacy and Future Directions  (30 Credits)
Supervisory Practice I: Supervised Practice in CBT for Psychosis (30 Credits)
Supervisory Practice II: Supervision, Training and Dissemination (30 Credits)
Therapy Skills I: Assessment and Formulation  (30 Credits)
Theoretical Background I: Psychological Models  (30 Credits)
Therapy Skills II: Intervention and Supervised Practice  (30 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

All applicants need to demonstrate the ability to work effectively at master's level, and an interest in and enthusiasm for psychological approaches to working with people with psychosis. Applicants must also have a recognised professional mental health qualification obtained by a formal examination, with post qualification experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems, and be based in the NHS (or equivalent) with access to suitable clients.