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University of the West of Scotland: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Institution University of the West of Scotland
Department Health and Life Sciences
Telephone 0800 027 1000
Study type Taught


This programme offers training for mental health professionals who wish to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in their practice.

CBT approaches and interventions are recognised as a major contributor to psychological treatment. Our course is suitable for a wide range of professionals such as:

  • Nurses

  • Social Workers

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physiotherapists

  • Doctors

  • Psychologists

You will explore good psychotherapeutic practice and focus on specific CBT concepts and skills including learning about the roles of safety and avoidance behaviours. You will also focus on using CBT with anxiety and depression and explore ending therapy and relapse prevention strategies.

You will be introduced to diagnostic specific models for PTSD, social phobia, OCD, eating disorders and health anxiety and develop your skills in order to diagnose and treat these disorders.

You will also look at the difficulties and complexities encountered in working with more severe and complex conditions and develop your confidence as a CBT practitioner. As well as this you’ll develop a firm foundation of the role of scientist-practitioner, instilling principles of healthy and ethical practice.

NB: You are required to secure a placement for the duration of our course and may need to arrange for individual clinical supervision with a BABCP accredited supervisor.

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