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Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory

Who is this course for?

This qualification is intended for candidates who want to develop CBT skills and theory as an integral part of their professional counselling work. This qualification is designed to enhance the employability of counsellors in organisational settings and as independent practitioners by giving them a solid grounding in CBT skills and theory. CBT is one of the NICE recommended psychological therapies and counsellors with CBT skills are often favoured above those without in multidisciplinary psychological therapy teams especially the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) teams.


Entry Requirements

Trainees must have completed the CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or in Client work – A minimum of 30 hours client work with at least 3 clients using the CBT model equivalent qualification of at least 420 hours. APL. Interview.

Qualification Units 

1J/500/4411 Work safely using the CBT framework

2L/500/4412Work within the structure of the CBT relationship

3R/500/4413Work with difference and diversity within the CBT framework

4Y/500/4414Work within the structure of the CBT framework to provide user centred therapy

5D/500/4415 Work with self-awareness in the CBT process

6H/500/4416Work with CBT theory and skills in the therapeutic process

7K/500/4417Work reflectively as a CBT therapist

All of the units are based on CPCAB’s model of practitioner development and proficiency.

Internal assessment– Trainees Portfolio and external assessed Case Review (3000 -3500 words

External assessment– Obligatory