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

Duration Part time 2 years
  • 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, bipolar disorder and commonly comorbid mental health problems such as depression and anxiety 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

Teaching will consist of full- and half-day workshops delivered both face to face and using flipped classroom/online platforms. All sessions will include a theoretical and clinical skills component. Role play practice, practical exercises and small group discussions will occur regularly. There will also be guided independent study.

Assessments will include case presentation, essays, case report, completion of a CTSR and accompanying documentation 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 Early Interventions in Psychosis) is only open to people employed within Early Intervention services with their places funded by Health Education South West.

Applicants must:

  • Have qualified in one of the core mental health professions (e.g. clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, nurse, GP, OT or Social Worker) or equivalent.
  • Have at least two years of post-qualification experience with psychosis
  • Have some introductory knowledge and experience in CBT.

How to apply

We are not currently accepting applications for this programme.

If you would like to be contacted when applications for the next cohort open, please contact Beth Maclachlan: or the CEDAR Admin team:

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

£14,000 per year

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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This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.