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Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills And Theory - Level 5 Diploma (CPCAB)

Start Date: 21st September 2022
Code: YHPW1949A1

  • Higher Education
  • Part-Time
  • Ballymena
  • Course Information
  • We are currently not accepting applications for this course. Applications for 2023/24 will open in January 2023.


Duration: 1 Year Part-time
Start date: 21st September 2022
End date: 21st June 2023
Day: Wed
Time: 17:30-21:30
Information Event: Yes

Fee for 2022/2023 Academic Year:


Course Content

The main aspects of the course deal with:
• Working safely using the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy framework
• Work with difference and diversity
• Work with Self Awareness in the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy process
• Work with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theory and skills in the therapeutic process
• Work reflectively as a Cognitive Behavioural therapist.

For further information on course content, delivery, and assessment, please see the candidate guide on the CPCAB website, which can be found at

Course Aims

This course is designed for applicants who have completed a higher level qualification in Counselling of at least 450 hours and wish to extend their knowledge of working using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Special Features

The course involves a large amount of practical role plays. 90% attendance is a mandatory part of the course. As part of the course applicants will be expected to carry out client work where they can apply the theory of CBT to the counselling process. Group Supervision is also a requirement of the course.

Assessment Methods

Completion of a personal learning record, case studies, assignment, supervisors reports and feedback from tutor and peers.

Course Update

Please note that due to ongoing major campus construction projects courses at Ballymena, Coleraine and Ballymoney may be relocated to alternative suitable locations as required.

Applicants must be over 19 years of age; it is strongly recommended that the applicant is over 25 years of age. All applicants should:

  • Be practicing counsellors and have completed the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling of their RPL equivalent
  • Have completed a minimum of 50 hours post-qualification client work
  • Have professional body accreditation or be working towards this

All applicants will be invited to an information session in May/June.

Where mature students wish to have prior education and/or experience taken into account, in lieu of meeting the full course entry requirements, they should contact the relevant Course Director or Admissions by 12th August, as an application deadline will apply.  It is at the College's discretion to consider APEL enquiries after the dates stated.

This course is designed to enhance the professional development of an existing counsellor who has professional accreditation. Successful candidates may progress on to the CPCAB level 6 certificate in counselling supervision.

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