Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills

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.

This course is subject to validation.

Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C

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

Modules

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.

Teaching

Teaching
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.

Attendance
You are expected to attend all teaching sessions and there is an 80% minimum attendance requirement.

Placements
There is no requirement for a student placement, personal therapy or a residential weekend on this course.

Assessment

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills you will need to:

  • Take an active part in teaching and skills practice
  • Complete two recorded skills practice
  • Complete two process reports on skills recordings supported by a portfolio of evidence
  • Complete Written Assignment - Case study

Facilities

You will be taught in modern facilities with dedicated classrooms, using digital recording equipment.

Lecturers

Taf Kunorubwe – Course Leader
Alison Cattle - Senior Lecturer

For progression onto the Masters Programme:*

  • Undergraduate degree. (Relevant professional qualifications may be considered in place of a degree)
  • Level 2/3 Counselling qualification desirable
  • Experience of working with people in the caring field
  • Two references uploaded with your application**

For completion as a standalone qualification:

  • Experience of working with people in the caring field
  • Relevant professional experience and/or qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree is desirable
  • Level 2/3 Counselling Qualification is desirable
  • Two references uploaded with your application**

* 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 admissions@southwales.ac.uk

 Detailed application guidance is on the information for counselling applicant’s webpage.

You are advised to apply early. It is unlikely that applications received after 12 noon, 1st August 2020 will be able to complete our interview process before the start of the academic year. In this case, your application will be considered for entry the following year.

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. 

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.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £47.2
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS update service £13
Whilst optional at present, we strongly recommend you sign up for this service, especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note you must register with the update service within 30 days of your enhanced DBS certificate being issued.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.

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Admissions Statement

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.