Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Primary Care (High Intensity Training)

Welcome to the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy! The Lancaster programme has evolved over the past 5 years since it first began to train CBT therapists. The programme has evolved our learning methods and supervision style to ensure we place the trainee learning experience as central to our programme ethos. We hope through collaboration with trainees and NHS service providers to allow trainees to develop into the CBT practitioner they wish to become.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recognised as an evidenced based intervention option for many psychological difficulties that are common for individuals in a primary care setting who meet diagnostic criteria for depression or anxiety.

The Lancaster training programme provides a postgraduate training in evidence-based CBT. The programme follows the curriculum developed by the department of health guidelines for High Intensity CBT training (DoH, 2008). The training aims to ensure that trainees reach a level of competence that will enable them to obtain the outcomes reported in the relevant NICE guidance. The programme places significant emphasis on the role of psychological formulation to inform CBT practice. We do not endorse medical paradigms of emotional distress and aim to train CBT therapists who are proficient in collaborative formulation rather than diagnosis.

The programme also aims to encourage trainee's to develop their reflective practice skills and find an individual approach, guided by evidence, to meaningfully engage service users.


Contact Details

Dr Ben Harper (Director of Studies)

Rob Parker (Programme Co-ordinator)

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