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Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Integrating Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Interventions in Mental Health Practice
University Certificate in Professional Development


Course overview

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants.
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

This award is suitable for those working in a health and/or social care context who wish to acquire knowledge of the underpinning theory of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), fundamental CBT principles and common interventions used for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

This course enables you to develop basic skills in specific treatment techniques for depression and anxiety disorders. This includes the development of simple formulation, exposure response prevention, working with cognitive processes and ending therapy in line with evidence based practice.

Where you study

This award is delivered at the Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Darlington campus.


Course details

What you study

In addition to gaining a theoretical knowledge, you develop fundamental CBT skills and interventions, which can be used to enhance your clinical practice.

How you learn

The teaching methods include lectures, skills rehearsals, tutorials and self-directed learning. You can expect to view recordings of CBT therapy sessions and receive feedback on your application of CBT skills and interventions within the classroom.

How you are assessed

There are two assessment components. You complete a 2000 word case study based on the application of CBT principles and interventions. Secondly you complete a simulated assessment using a CBT framework.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should work in a health and/or social care environment with people who have mild to moderate mental health problems. You will have a sound knowledge of common mental health difficulties and have access to a professional who is eligible to provide clinical supervision relating to the application of CBT interventions.



Career opportunities

If you wish to enhance your understanding of the cognitive behavioural therapeutic skills with a view to eventually undertaking formal CBT training this award is suitable for you.



2020 entry

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Credits: 20, Level: Diploma
  • Enrolment date: April

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