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PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Severe Mental Health Problems: CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder or Personality Disorder)

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year part time
Entry year 2023 (January start)

Online: remote delivery

Discipline Psychology
Typical offer

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For NHS employees working in community mental health services with people who have a psychosis, bipolar or personality disorder diagnosis

Contextual offers


  • Suited to people who have significant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) knowledge, skills and experience with non-SMHP clients, and who want to add CBT-SMHP to their clinical competencies.
  • Suited to people working in community mental health teams with people who have diagnoses of psychosis/bipolar or personality disorder.
  • Training was developed in response to the UK government initiative to achieve access to NICE-recommended care packages for individuals experiencing these problems.
  • Develop your practical competency in CBT for psychosis and bipolar disorder or personality disorder within the context of community mental health services.
  • Develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT in the context of psychosis and bipolar disorder or personality disorder.

Post-course accreditation with the BABCP

The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) is the accrediting body for CBT psychotherapists and for CBT training courses. This course adheres to the BABCP minimum standards for CBT training, its good practice guidelines, and its Professional Code. The course is not yet accredited but provides all of the criteria for BABCP Individual Practitioner Accreditation. The Clinical Portfolio required to complete this award is designed to easily support post-course accreditation with the BABCP.

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Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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Programme lead: Dr Hayley Keeble


Phone: +44 1392 722780

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.

Competency-based training, delivered according to the latest evidence-informed clinical pedagogic approaches

Dedicated training facilities equipped with video and audio recording

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

Entry requirements

This postgraduate certificate is for people working in community mental health services with people who have a psychosis, bipolar or personality disorder diagnosis. You need to be able to demonstrate significant knowledge and skill in CBT, and be ready to build on this and develop SMHP knowledge and skills.

Course content

The course includes supervision sessions, teaching sessions, clinical skills sessions, and self-study. A reflective stance is encouraged throughout. The evidence-based NICE recommended SMHP models will be covered, and the skills identified in the UCL competency maps will be taught. All content is underpinned by the research evidence.

The course includes academic submissions and assessments of therapy using competency measures such as the CTS-R. At the end of the Certificate, you will submit a portfolio to evidence your work.

This course will develop your practical competency in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis and bipolar disorder or personality disorder, and support you to gain critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT.

Dr Hayley Keeble

Programme & Academic Lead

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through NHS services recruiting trainees and not directly through the University of Exeter. Posts are typically advertised internally within NHS services. Following this, applicants will apply to the University. Applicants who meet the criteria will be invited for interview.


£8,000 per year, funded by Health Education England, so fees are not payable by candidates.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

How you'll learn

Teaching will consist of full- and half-day workshops delivered online. All sessions will include a theoretical and clinical skills component. Role play practice, practical exercises and small group discussions will occur regularly. Trainees will attend regular clinical supervision at the university. There will also be guided independent study.


Assessments will include:

  • oral case presentations
  • essays
  • written case reports
  • completion of CTSR competency assessments and accompanying documentation
  • and a clinical portfolio.

Time commitment

The course requires a minimum of two days per week, usually consisting of one day attending university (online) and one day delivering CBT-SMHP. There are some block weeks of teaching throughout the year.

To complete the programme students must complete:

  • A minimum of 20 hours of university individual equivalent clinical supervision.
  • A minimum of 100 hours of attendance of teaching hours.
  • A minimum of 80 hours of supervised CBT practice.
  • Four ‘completed’ CBT clients, including two closely supervised university clients


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