University of Exeter

University of Exeter

High Intensity Psychological Therapies

This programme is aimed at clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and other professionals with experience of delivering mental health such as nurses and counsellors. It provides intensive skills training in accordance with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP) guidelines for good practice.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree or evidence of previous successful study at 3rd year of undergraduate degree level; have a core professional background (eg nursing, social work, OT, clinical or counselling psychologist, psychiatrist, BACP/CPC accredited counsellor) or meet requirements as indicated for BABCP accreditation standards (KSA); if without a core professional background, evidence of successfully completing a mental health training programme at undergraduate or postgraduate level (eg IAPT Low Intensity training, Graduate Mental Health Worker Programme); KSA applicants are required to submit the KSA portfolio prior to interview for assessment (appointment of a training place is only be offered on assessment of this); all successful KSA applicants are required to evidence membership of a professional organisation ie BABCP or BACP, to ensure that they have a code of professional conduct to work by prior to starting the training; every effort is made to have a KSA representative from the University on any interview for a KSA candidate, if this is not possible, any offer of a training place is only made subject to KSA being reviewed by a KSA representative from the University; 2 years clinical mental health experience including relevant experience gained during or after any professional training; evidence of foundation level or sustained CPD in CBT; evidence of supervised CBT practice; availability to attend university as required, which includes up to 4 blocks of teaching of up to 4 days, most teaching is 2 days per week in conjunction with a minimum period of high intensity CBT clinical practice per week; applicants should demonstrate evidence of interpersonal skills to engage and develop working alliances with colleagues and patients; applicants should show evidence of an openness to learning new knowledge and skills.

Course modules

Students undertake 4 modules: the fundamentals of cognitive-behaviour therapy for depression; cognitive-behaviour therapy for depression; cognitive-behaviour therapy for anxiety disorder; cognitive-behaviour therapy for clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Through essays, case reports and presentations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time day/evening - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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01392 723044