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Postgraduate Diploma in
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a current form of evidence-based psychological therapy recommended by NICE as a first line intervention for many psychological disorders.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a current form of evidence-based psychological therapy recommended by NICE as a first line intervention for many psychological disorders.

Pg. Diploma in CBT aims to increase students’ knowledge base of theory and research in CBT, and to promote a critical approach to the subject. The course also provides practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skills development to a defined standard of competence. The course is a Level 2 course in CBT and as such “provides all the necessary training so that on graduation from Level 2 courses, individuals will have received the training required to fulfil essential training standards”

This qualification is designed for professionals in the mental health sector, both psychologists and medical doctors to improve their clinical skills in psychotherapy to enhance the quality of the service they provide to the patients and clients and broaden the range of services they are able to provide.

Program Structure


RQF Level




Scheduled Intake

Delivery & Assessment

Mode of Assessment


Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Level 7


1 year


February & September

Module Based


On Campus – Lecture
Training – Supervision sites

Module Structure

The goal of the CBT program is to help people get better and stay better, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in thousands of clinical trials.

Compulsory Modules

Fundamentals of CBT
CBT for Anxiety Disorders
CBT for Depression
Personal and Professional Development

Entry Criteria

Academic Qualifications

An undergraduate degree in Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Social work or any other allied health science related to mental health accepted by the board of study of Coventry University and Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology

Evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level or the professional equivalent accepted by the board of study of Coventry University and Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology


Minimum one year experience in mental health or a core profession or be able to demonstrate core mental health profession equivalence through a Knowledge Skills and Attitudes portfolio and to demonstrate that they have relevant clinical experience.

Language Proficiency

A very good command of English Language in reading, writing and speaking is required to successfully complete this program.

Students whose medium of primary and secondary education is not English, should either obtain an IELTS Score of 6.00 or any other proof of proficiency of English Language acceptable to the academic board

Admission Process

All candidates are selected through an interview


How is teaching done for this program?

Learning formally occurs in two settings; the classroom and clinical work place.

In the classroom a range of teaching styles are utilised to maximise the learning opportunities. These include didactic teaching to the whole group, small group exercises, clinical skills workshops, and role play scenarios.

For Clinical Practice Students are allocated to CIRP Therapeutic Centre or equivalent health care settings approved by the academic board of CIRP and during the program, will normally spend three days a week involved in clinical work with adults across the life span who present with depression and/or anxiety disorders. All clinical work places will offer opportunities for working with professionals from diverse mental health disciplines and inter-professional learning.

How is training arranged for individuals who are already employed?

Students who are already employed in a Health Care setting could consider their place of work as the place of clinical practice and the students who wish to do so, should inform this during the selection interview and obtain formal permission from CIRP prior to the commencement of the program.

Is everyone able to get a placement at CIRP therapeutic center?

CIRP therapeutic centre has limited number of placements and will be offered on first come first serve basis subjected to the evaluation of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and ethics of the candidate. For the students who are not selected for the CIRP therapeutic centre, CIRP will help finding a placement.

Each module consists of around 15 sessions of direct teaching that covers the learning objectives and small group discussions and tutorials to support students.

How are the students assessed?

Each student completes two clinical practice reports (CPRs) for each of the disorder specific modules. Overall, these must include three different clinical presentations. For each module, the student completes a process tape and written case report and for each module one of each will be focussing on either assessment and formulation or intervention and outcome.

Please refer to the prospectus for more specific details.

What learning materials and resources do I have access to?

All your lecture slides could be downloaded from the Student portal and a range of e books, journals, articles and research papers are available through CIRP Online resources. You could also refer or borrow books from CIRP library, which is open from 8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. on all 7 days.