PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder)

Duration Part time 9 months
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


This programme is suited to those working in secondary care and pursuing a career as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist offering NICE-recommended treatment to people experiencing psychosis or bipolar disorder. The training has been developed in response to the UK government initiative to achieve access to NICE-recommended care packages for individuals experiencing these problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapists working in NHS secondary care services will assess and treat clients with psychosis and bipolar disorder and comorbid common mental health problems using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as part of the evidence-based care packages for psychosis. The approach works to reduce distress, enhance understanding, alleviate symptoms, and have a positive impact on social inclusion, employment, and productivity.

Studying on this programme will allow you to:

  • Develop and update your knowledge of the fundamental principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) theory, research and practice
  • Develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of how scientific principles inform CB clinical practice
  • Develop an advanced knowledge of core clinical skills necessary for CBT practice with people experiencing psychosis
  • Develop the capacity to reflect critically on CBT theory, research and practice
  • Be able to demonstrate how you meet the competencies required to deliver NICE-concordant CBT for psychosis
  • Develop a portfolio of training, assessment and supervised practice that would allow you to apply for accreditation as a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP.

Programme aims

The programme provides opportunities for trainees to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • To develop practical competency in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis and bipolar disorder within the context of secondary care services
  • To develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT in the context of psychosis and bipolar disorder

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

The course content is designed in line with the national curriculum for psychological interventions for people with psychosis or bipolar disorder and is underpinned by the CBT for psychosis and bipolar disorder competency framework.

Teaching will involve classroom based activities, self-directed learning and coursework assessments, preparations for invigilated assessments, practical work and clinical skills practice.

To complete the programme students must complete:

  • a minimum of 20 hours of university individual/group clinical supervision
  • a minimum of 100 hours of attendance of teaching hours
  • a minimum of 100 hours of supervised CBTp practice by BABCP accredited psychotherapists
  • and four completed CBTp clients, including two closely supervised university clients (two will be bipolar patients, two will be psychosis patients).

Assessments include:

  • an extended case report
  • an oral presentation
  • two formative practice competency assessments
  • two summative practice competency assessments
  • and a clinical portfolio.


This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS or an IAPT service. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop their competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a Practitioner.

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development.

Advantages of the programme are that:

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.

Entry requirements

The PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder) programme is aimed at qualified mental health professionals with experience of delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for common mental health problems (such as Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychiatrists).

All applicants need a Diploma or equivalent in CBT (this may include IAPT HI or DClinPsychol training) and to be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively at masters level.

Applicants need to have the support of their manager to attend the teaching programme and be able to practice as a CBTp therapist post training.

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through IAPT services recruiting trainees and not directly through the University of Exeter. Posts are typically advertised by IAPT services on NHS jobs websites or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Home/EU students


Contact us

Programme administrator:

James Lapraik
College of Life and Environmental Sciences,
Washington Singer,
Room 001,
Perry Road,

Tel: +44 (0)1392 722780

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