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.

Entry requirements

Guidelines for likely acceptance onto the course are possession of an undergraduate degree or equivalent (reaching SCQF level 9) and substantial current or recent work experience providing clinical/clinically relevant experience of children and young people in mental health settings, including statutory and voluntary organisations; applicants must also have access to clinical cases and appropriate clinical supervision for the planned duration of study, to enable them to undertake therapeutic work with a child or young person in an appropriate setting; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Course modules

The programme consists of 2 courses, which combine taught and practical elements: cognitive behaviour therapy for children and young people: theory and practice; cognitive behavioural therapy - supervised practice.


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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