Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Credit rated at SCQF level 8)


The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is awarded by the Institute of Counselling. Each of the two modules within this diploma have been accredited independently with 20 points each at SCQF Level 8 (Second year BA/BSc level) by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

This course is likely to benefit from someone probably already with a counselling background who wishes to extend their knowledge by studying a therapeutic approach. CBT has currently great popularity in organisations such as the NHS and has been used to good effect by occupational health functions in Managing Absence at Work.

What you will learn

In Module 1 (Course UW 100) the student will be introduced to CBT, at the heart of which is the ABC model. They will also study the triadic structure, the role of automatic thoughts and beliefs, and the need to challenge erroneous thought patterns through applying CBT techniques and strategies. The course demonstrates how CBT can be used to effectively work with issues of depression, anxiety, fears, phobias and anger.

In Module 2 (Course UW 101) work will build on module 1 to further enhance skills. Emphasis is on the development of self-awareness and critical reflections and knowledge of CBT. Working with beginnings, middles and endings as a therapeutic process is investigated within the context of working with clients. Developing a professional and ethical practice is at the heart of this course.

Further information

Institute of Counselling
Institute of Counselling
12 Months
Course type:
Distance learning

Contact Information

Institute of Counselling

40 St Enoch Square
G1 4DH