Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? Why has it become the most widely recommended and used of psychological therapies?  How can you integrate it into an existing therapeutic practice or just use it to enable you yourself to gain a better understanding of your ways of seeing and being in the world?

This is a 10-week introduction to the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which assumes no previous knowledge or experience. Three integrated strands run through the programme: understanding theory, developing skills and improving self-awareness.

Theory will examine CBT's key theoretical assumptions across its varied evolution and development as well as considering the implications such ideas may have for a therapeutic or self development practice.  The course will also briefly consider transcultural CBT and the importance of anti-discriminatory practice.

Developing Skills will examine CBT's core practical aims, objectives and practices specifically providing a grounding in key CBT interventions such as Cognitive Restructuring, Behavioural Activation and Exposure Therapy. Students will be encouraged to use their own experience, but will not be expected to discuss painful personal issues.

Through the theory and the skills practice students will be encouraged to reflect on their personal learning in order to gain self-awareness.

This course will enable participants to bring key CBT theory and skills to bear in either their clinical practice or general self development. It provides a foundation rather than a comprehensive training in CBT, as well as offering an opportunity for students to discover whether or not they want to progress to more advanced CBT training.

Programme details

Course begins: 29 Sept 2022

Week 1: Reflective Practice - What is CBT?

Week 2: Overview of key CBT theory and practice. 

Week 3: Diagnosis and Conceptualisation.

Week 4: Cognitive Restructuring.

Week 5: Behavioural Activation.

Week 6: Exposure Therapy.

Week 7: Behavioural Experiments.

Week 8: Third Wave CBT.

Week 9: Cultural Competence.

Week 10: What is CBT? A reconsideration and recap.


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from between January 1st and July 31st after the current academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course Fee £297.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Mr Damian White

Damian is an accredited Existential and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with a background in international humanitarian work, domestic social work and university lecturing.

Course aims

This course is an introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is aimed at either enabling experienced practitioners to learn how to integrate CBT theory and skills into an existing clinical practice or as  a self-standing opportunity for people wanting to know about the discipline out of general interest or for self development purposes. It may also act as a staging post for further training. No previous knowledge or experience is required.

Course Objectives

1. To develop a greater understanding of what CBT looks like and the psychological and philosophical ideas which inform its practice.

2. To develop a greater understanding of and ability to use some core CBT interventions in practice.

3. To gain in self awareness.

Teaching methods

Teaching will comprise a variety of methods including tutor presentations, group activities and discussions and role plays.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. have gained a greater understanding of CBT;

2. have developed ideas about how to incorporate CBT theory and skills into their own therapeutic or self development practice; and

3. be aware of the importance of reflective and anti-discriminatory practice in maintaining and developing the therapeutic relationship.

If they have completed the course including the assignment, students should be well placed to apply for further training in CBT.

Assessment methods

There will be one written assignment of 1,500 words which will offer an opportunity to demonstrate the integration of the core strands of the course.

Students will initially be asked to submit a 500 word formative piece of work which will allow them to demonstrate their initial thinking and planning for the final assignment and also enables them to receive constructive feedback. 

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form


All applications will be forwarded to the tutor for review and we will let you know if you will be invited onto the course as soon as possible after that review. Direct online enrolments are therefore not available. Instead, please download and complete BOTH forms below and return them to the Weekly Class Programme Office (address found on the enrolment form).

Payment for the course will be arranged once the application is reviewed and a place is offered.

1. Enrolment Form

2. Application Form

If you have any questions about the enrolment process please contact us.

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Level and demands

This is a 10-week course and carries 10 CATS points. There will be one written assignment of 1500 words which is necessary to complete and pass in order to secure the CATS points. 

No previous experience of Cognitive Behavioural therapy is required to attend the course. 

The course will include group discussions, experiential exercises and skills practice. Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for any self disclosures they choose to make and to be respectful and sensitive to the disclosures of others. 

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)