Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Nursing (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy (CBP) is currently the key recommended psychological treatment for these conditions. This PG Diploma has been designed to prepare practitioners with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver CBP competently,

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification (s) acceptable to the University and: have at least 2 years CBT practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting and provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies preferably CBT, be currently employed in a clinical or practice setting within an organisation providing therapeutic or counselling services, and; be in a role for the duration of the Programme to access a suitable client group for practice and supervision purposes. Applicants from a non-core profession will be expected to provide a portfolio of evidence and references to demonstrate suitable core knowledge, skills and attitudes in line with KSA guidelines produced by BABCP or accreditation with the BACP or equivalent (as indicated by the BABCP). All applicants who meet the entry criteria may be subject to interview. Social work applicants seeking linked post-qualifying awards in social work must be registered with NISCC (NIPQETP).

Course modules

Students will actively participate in developing and extending their knowledge and skills in CBP. The client centred approach is used to empower the individual by creating effective cognitive and behavioural strategies to improve their skills in managing their mental health and enhance their quality of life. Students must be working in a clinical area where Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic approaches are employed. Students must be supervised by an experienced BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Therapist while on placement in their own clinical area. This must be arranged by the student prior to the commencement of the programme.

Assessment methods

Methods of assessment will include presentation or practical demonstration, written assessment and clinical practice portfolio.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

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School of Nursing and Midwifery
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