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CBT PGDip programme overview

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has received wide-spread recognition from clinicians, researchers and more recently the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for anxiety and depression.

This recognition stems from its emphasis upon evaluating its models and methods and thus the evidence base which has accumulated, its short-term nature and the economical use of resources that this implies, and its acceptability to clients.

Whilst many clinicians have had some exposure to CBT models and methods in professional training, few have had the opportunity to develop competency. The rapidity of the research development is also proceeding far ahead of the ability of clinicians easily to absorb these new developments into their practice.

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience/KCL and Royal Holloway/CNWL will provide the training. These higher education institutions (HEIs) have been selected based on their ability to demonstrate the capacity, knowledge and expertise to deliver the curriculum that has been developed for each training course. Students attend college/the training provider for lectures, workshops and supervision two days a week and undertake supervised CBT clinical practice in an IAPT service for three days a week. Trainees will not have the option to choose which HEI they attend as training providers are linked to sites.

Recruitment and applications

Applications are now closed. Applications will be opening around May 2021 for the October 2021 intake. Please check back closer to the time for updates.


This course is currently part of the Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. Trainees on the course will work in IAPT services whilst being trained in evidence-based CBT for adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

The overall aim of the course is to provide practical, intensive and detailed training to facilitate skills development and competence in CBT. It aims to equip students to become skilled and creative independent CBT practitioners in accordance with BABCP guidelines. Students will also develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT.

Course lecturers and workshop leaders will include many internationally known figures involved in developing and evaluating cutting edge cognitive behavioural treatments, in addition to a multi-disciplinary teaching team who are all actively involved in CBT practice and research developments in the Institute and in the various clinical units of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

This course meets full requirements necessary for BABCP Accreditation. Successful completion of this course enables graduates to be eligible for registration as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, part of the Psychology department, is based at the Denmark Hill Campus of King’s College London. 



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