University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Young People

The programme provides students with a full, critical and integrated understanding of the developmental and psychological theories that underlie effective CBT interventions as these are applied to some of the most common problems of childhood. Students gain proficiency in conducting a functional analysis of childhood problems via the use of self-report, parental/other-report, observation, and interview methods; proficiency in providing a cognitive-behavioural formulation of the most common problems of childhood in a written format; awareness of and proficiency in the application of the most commonly used techniques associated with CBT including: normalisation of client problems, psycho-education, socratic questioning techniques with children and young people, building a shared CBT formulation with a client, contingency management, activity scheduling, thought records and thought challenging, exposure techniques, coping skills training, and cognitive restructuring in a critical case conceptualisation; an understanding of the developmental and systemic perspective of the child/young person and its relationship with their presenting problem.

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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Programme Secretary
Telephone number: 
0131 651 3970