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Cognitive Behavioural Skills for Practice - Level 6 - AC0349

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills for Practice’ is a bespoke opportunity to explore the underlying principles/ theory of the approach alongside real life practical examples and skills.

The course has been co-developed, and will be co-delivered, by academics and CBT practitioners with extensive experience of the approach, and what actually works in complex clinical settings. The course is designed for practitioners who wish to discover more about CBT and who wish to develop a repertoire of basic CBT skills to support their practice. CBT is supported and endorsed by both the Department of Health and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as being a clinically effective first line intervention for a range of both physical and mental health conditions.

You will be supported in developing your understanding and appreciation of the evidence base that supports the intervention, the theory behind the intervention in order to develop the skills to use CBT approaches in your work.

Learn from the Best

This module is delivered by Simon Westrip, a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health with a wide range of specialisms including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness based interventions.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena. 

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.


Teaching and Assessment

You will study and theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy alongside skills development, which will be facilitated by appropriate classroom supervision.

Assessment for this module consists of a written case study of 3500 words.


Learning Environment

This module is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.



Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

As well as enhancing your CV, this course will enable you to use the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills gained to develop your practice in the area of mental health.


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the BSc in Practice Development as 20 credits.


Course info

Award Type Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Short Lectures, Workshops, Reflective Practice, Case-based Discussions

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Classroom based / Distance Learning

Location Newcastle City Campus

Start May 2018

Duration 9 weeks

Would you like to develop your knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy? This CPD module will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the principles and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in order to enable you to develop skills in your practice. The module is based on Beck's model of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 

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