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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis PG Dip/PG Cert

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The PG Dip programme equips students with a critical understanding of psychological models of psychosis and the skills to deliver high quality and creative cognitive behavioural interventions. The shorter PG Cert programmes focus on clinical skills, for clinicians, or on theoretical background for researchers, academics and non-practitioners.


Key benefits

  • The Internationally renowned centre for the development and evaluation of cognitive behavioural interventions for people with psychosis, offers unrivalled access to current innovations in practice and research.

  • Close supervision with expert practitioners develops students' ability to become skilled and creative independent practitioners of CBT for Psychosis.

  • Develops students' skills in training and supervising other professionals and thus improves the provision of CBT for Psychosis in students' own work settings.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration PG Dip two years (part-time); one year fast-track (full-time) - PG Cert one year (part-time).

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Programme accreditations This programme contributes to but does not fulfil the BABCP supervision/training requirements necessary for registration as an accredited CBT therapist.

Course intake 16 FT.

Course leaders

Programme Directors: Professor Philippa Garety; Dr. Emmanuelle Peters; Professor Elizabeth Kuipers

Programme Leaders: Dr. Elaine Hunter; Dr. Louise Johns; Dr Juliana Onwumere; Dr Suzanne Jolley

Further details

Course contact for further information Patricia Hetherington (Course Administrator)

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution KIng's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychology



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The courses have been developed with the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and designed in accordance with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Schizophrenia Guideline psychological therapy recommendations (NICE, 2003, 2014).

The purpose of the courses is to improve the delivery of cognitive behavioural interventions for people with psychosis. CBTp is a complex therapeutic intervention and requires of independent practitioners an advanced theoretical understanding of cognitive models of psychosis and specialist post-qualification skills in relationship building, assessment, formulation and intervention. Our courses train students in each of these requirements, enabling them to develop competence then mastery in therapy delivery, and to provide consultancy, training and supervision to others.

The courses are modular, following a credit framework. Two clinical skills modules build from early therapy activities (Engagement, Assessment & Formulation – Module 1) through to intervention and specialised applications (Intervention & Supervised Practice; Module 2). Two academic modules develop students’ critical appraisal of the theory underlying psychological models of psychosis (Theoretical background I: Psychological Models, Module 3) and the evidence base for interventions (Theoretical Background II: Interventions, efficacy & future directions, Module 4). Diploma students complete all four modules; clinical skills certificate students complete Module 1 and Module 2 only; theoretical background certificate students complete Modules 3 and Module 4 only. 

Click here for a diagram showing the module structure of the programme

Case supervision is strongly emphasised on the clinical programmes. Weekly morning supervision sessions take place in small groups (four to five) on the teaching day with all supervision carried out by the programme team. Additional close supervision (listening to audio recordings of therapy sessions) is a course requirement.

Course purpose

The programmes deliver the clinical skills and theoretical background to work creatively and effectively with people with a schizophrenia spectrum diagnosis.

The Postgraduate Diploma in CBT for psychosis (CBTp) is designed for qualified mental health practitioners and covers both the clinical skills and theoretical background required to become an innovative and successful practitioner of CBTp. We recommend completion of the programme on a part-time basis, over two years. A fast-track one year full time option is available for students with previous experience of relevant clinical work and masters level study.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Therapy Skills emphasises the clinical skills component of the programme, for mental health practitioners who are primarily concerned with clinical practice, rather than academic development. The Postgraduate Certificate in Theoretical Background is designed for people without a mental health qualification, for researchers or academics, or as an introduction to CBTp. Students attend seminars and workshop teaching in order to acquire a detailed understanding of psychological models and interventions, together with their evidence base, but clinical supervision is not usually provided. Certificate programmes are offered on a part-time basis over a calendar year. 

Course format and assessment

The course begins with three introductory intensive one-day workshops, which aim to provide students with an overview of the model, therapeutic style and content of initial sessions. This is usually a refresher for more experienced students and sets the scene for identifying students' individual learning targets and goals. Teaching modules are examined by assignments – audio recordings, case reports and practice portfolios for the clinical modules; essays and research presentations for the academic modules. Clinical students will be required to work with at least four clients for at least 16 sessions from assessment to completion or termination of therapy over the duration of the programme.

Course Format

Therapy Skills I: Assessment and Formulation 

Lectures (15 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (37 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (248 hours)  

Therapy Skills II: Intervention and Supervised Practice 

Lectures (15 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (37 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (248 hours)  

Theoretical Background I: Psychological Models 

Lectures (45 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (15 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (240 hours)  

Theoretical Background II: Interventions Efficacy and Future Directions 

Lectures (45 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (15 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (240 hours)  

Supervised Practice in CBT for Psychosis

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (40 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (230 hours)  

Supervisory Training and Revised Dissemination in CBT for Psychosis 

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (40 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (230 hours)  


Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Course Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Examination (50%) | Coursework (30%) | Practical (20%)

Extra information

Regulating body
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Other related courses

CBT Informed & Carer Supportive Practice in Psychosis GradCert/GradDip


Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • Postgraduate Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits

  • Postgraduate Certificate – modules totalling 60 credits


The required modules vary depending on the qualification. You are required to choose from the following modules:

  • Therapy Skills I: Assessment & Formulation (30 credits)

  • Therapy Skills II: Intervention & Supervised Practice (30 credits)

  • Theoretical Background I: Psychological Models (30 credits)

  • Theoretical Background II: Interventions Efficacy & Future Directions (30 credits)

  • Supervisory Practice I: Supervised Practice in CBT for Psychosis (30 credits)

  • Supervisory Practice II: Supervision, Training & Dissemination (30 credits)

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Psychosis Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  

All applicants need to demonstrate the ability to work effectively at master's level, and an interest in and enthusiasm for psychological approaches to working with people with psychosis.

PG Dip and Clinical PG Cert applicants must also have a recognised professional mental health qualification obtained by a formal examination, with post qualification experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems, and be based in the NHS (or equivalent) with access to suitable clients.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk 

Applications which fulfil the entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis by the programme leaders. Selected applicants will be invited for interview. Clinical candidates selected for interview will additionally be requested to participate in a short role-play with an actor playing the role of the client and a brief, written case formulation exercise.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please detail your previous training in, and experience of working with people with psychosis and of providing therapy, both to people with psychosis and in other settings. This should include type of therapy (e.g. CBT or Supportive Counselling), approximate numbers of clients worked with and length of therapy.

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

CBT for Psychosis checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Detail your previous relevant experience, reasons for applying and career aims.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Yes Please include a full CV as part of your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £12,930 per year (PG Dip 2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £29,940 per year(PG Dip 2020/21)
  • Part time Home fees: £6,465 per year (PG Dip 2021/22); NHS funded (PG Cert 2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £14,970 per year (PG Dip 2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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