The aim of the course is to promote the development and application of advanced clinical skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The Diploma is a Continuing Professional Development course for health and social service professionals who have counselling and therapy experience which they currently use in their practice.
The course comprises of academic teaching, skills workshops, supervised clinical practice, course work and assessed assignments. Practical lessons involve video and role-play demonstrations, role-play exercises, group discussion and didactic teaching. Teaching days consist of lectures and workshops. Students are expected to identify patients from their existing caseload, or within their organisation, as training cases. Over the duration of the course there should be at least 100 hours of therapy time
Students have the opportunity to attend workshops provided by experts with an international reputation in the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia has an established reputation for exciting and innovative approaches to education supported by a strong and rapidly developing research programme.
Students on this course are eligible for ordinary membership of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP). The course satisfies the majority of BABCP's basic training standards for accreditation as a Cognitive/Behavioural Psychotherapist.