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

  • Note: this course is full. Applications for the 2021/22 academic year will open in July.

Course overview

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.

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

This course enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of CBT based treatment interventions for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. This includes CBT assessment and formulation, and the application of established CBT interventions such as behavioural activation, exposure response prevention and cognitive restructuring

Where you study

The module aims to develop your theoretical and practical understanding of both CBT literature and the practicalities of applying CBT based assessment and interventions to people with depression and / or anxiety.

Indicative content for the module includes (and is not limited to): the evolution of CBT, CBT principles, CBT models for depression and anxiety, CBT assessment and formulation, CBT based interventions, study skills and self-reflection.


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

Teesside University’s Future Facing Learning initiative underpins all of our modules and alongside the main content, the module seeks to equip you with the skills to work collaboratively using the latest technology. Teaching methods include lectures, role play skills rehearsals, tutorials and self-directed learning. Alongside face to face sessions, out teaching methods heavily utilise our virtual learning environment (VLE) to provide you with between session reading and activities to enhance your knowledge and understanding. You can expect to view recordings of CBT therapy sessions and receive feedback on your own application of CBT skills and interventions within the classroom. Your own recordings will be available on your personal VLE to aid with your skills development.

How you are assessed

There are two assessment components: a 20-minute simulated assessment using a CBT framework followed by a ‘viva style’ structured discussion whereby you will answer questions based upon your assessment.


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.



2021/22 entry

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Start date: TBC
  • Level: Diploma
  • Credits: 20

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