The Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills at the University of South Wales offers a stimulating introduction to the skills, theory and awareness to inform emerging practice.
Successful completion of this course can lead onto our MSc/PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course.
However, there is no automatic progression and all applicants will need to reapply and be successful at interview for the MSc/PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course.
This qualification can also help people in related professions such as social work, nursing or teaching to develop their listening and communication skills.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
During the Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills course you will:
• develop the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills within boundaries of ethical practice (informed by the BACP Ethical Framework and BABCP Standard of Conduct, Performance and Ethics)
• develop interpersonal effectiveness skills in relation to self and others
• develop self-awareness to inform emerging practice, in line with elements of the Cognitive Therapy Scale – Revised (Blackburn et al, 2001)
• demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of CBT practice and its evidence-base
• Demonstrate integration of skills, awareness and theory into practice
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills (Level 7)
Aims to develop a critical understanding and ethical use of a range of core cognitive behavioural therapeutic skills in the context of theoretical underpinnings.
With a focus on facilitating self-reflection through critical reflective practice in order to maintain a sound therapeutic relationship in your emerging practice.
CBT Principles, Skills and Theory (Level 7)
Provides an introduction to the skills and theory of cognitive behavioural approaches to facilitating change, acknowledging the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a platform for interventions. Aims to develop a critical understanding of CBT principles, skills, theory and empirical influence.
Working in a Professional Context (Level 7)
Develops knowledge of professional practice issues required to practice in the field. Developing their ability to critically evaluate the social, institutional, legal and ethical context in the use of CBT skills and within mental health and apply the relevant codes of ethical frameworks and professional codes of conduct.
This Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills is 60 credits at Level 7.
You will learn through experiential exercises, skills practice, personal development work and formal teaching. You will work in pairs, small groups and larger groups.
You are expected to attend all teaching sessions and there is an 80% minimum attendance requirement.
There is no requirement for a student placement, personal therapy or a residential weekend on this course.
To complete the Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills you will need to:
For progression onto a Masters Programme:*
For completion as a standalone qualification:
* Progression onto the Masters Programme without an undergraduate degree may be possible if your performance on the Postgraduate Certificate is exemplary.
* The references must be on letter headed paper or the referee can send them direct from a professional/work email address to [email protected]
You are advised to apply early. It is unlikely that complete applications received after 12 noon, 1st August 2021 will be able to complete our interview process for the September 2021 start date. In this case, your application will be considered for entry the following intake, September 2022.
Candidates attend an interview session with an number of activities that will give you an opportunity to demonstrate why you are an ideal candidate and how you meet the entry criteria. This will include a written exercise, a role play of a therapeutic interaction and interview where candidates are asked pre-specified questions. Please bear in mind to ensure you :
We want to give you the opportunity to ask us questions that are important to you and we need to explore your motivation and suitability for the type of training we offer on this programme.
We have four confirmed Interview dates for the September 2021 intake:
Tuesday 22nd June
Tuesday 20th July
Tuesday 10th August
Tuesday 31st August
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The course will improve your employability by enhancing your communication skills, prepare for further professional and academic skills and development through practice.
Once you have successfully completed the course you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills.
Successful completion of this course can lead onto our MSc/PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course. However, there is no automatic progression and all applicants will need to reapply and be successful at interview for the MSc/PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course.
Previous students have gone on to qualify as psychotherapists or enhanced their existing work skills. Graduates have found work in the NHS, private health facilities and private practice. Some have gone on to teach, to develop their research careers and to supervise.