PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Early Intervention in Psychosis)

This programme is suited to those working within Early Intervention services and pursuing a career as Cognitive Behaviour Therapist offering NICE-recommended treatment to people experiencing first episodes of psychosis.  The training has been developed in response to the UK government initiative to achieve access to NICE-recommended care packages for 50% of individuals experiencing first episode psychosis within two weeks of referral.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapists working in NHS Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services will assess and treat clients with psychosis and bipolar disorder and comorbid common mental health problems using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis (CBTp). CBT is recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as part of the evidence-based care packages for first episode 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 within the context of an Early Intervention in Psychosis service.
  • 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 will provide opportunities for trainees to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • To develop practical competency in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychosis, bipolar disorder and commonly comorbid mental health problems such as depression and anxiety within the context of Early Intervention in Psychosis services
  • To develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT in the context of psychosis and bipolar disorder