Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
The Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGCertCBT) provides you with professional practice in CBT to help support and improve the wellbeing of people with mental health and substance use problems. There is a steady increase in need for graduates with these skills in the mental health services in Aotearoa New Zealand and over the globe.
Study in this programme takes advantage of UC’s long-standing clinical psychology training programme, and local industry contacts and research in this area. The training includes a focus on Māori and Pasifika cultural engagement and responsive practice.
Current work in a clinical health-related field is required to enrol. You will need to have access to CBT supervision for the field placements in this programme.
You will also need to have previously completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related area, with a B- Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses.
All students will be approved to enrol by the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing | Te Kura Mahi ā-Hirikapo and the Academic Dean of Science.
If English as your additional language, you are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
A special application to enrol is required by 30 November, and places are limited to 24 students. Late applications may be considered subject to availability of placements.
For information on the application process, please contact the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing | Te Kura Mahi ā-Hirikapo.
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The PGCertCBT is made up of 60 points of courses, which includes case studies and supervised clinical practice.
Courses are taught in one-week teaching blocks to accommodate working professionals.
The programme begins in February, and will take a minimum of 1 year part-time study.
The following courses are compulsory for all students:
You may choose to transfer your completed courses in the Certificate to the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Skills in CBT are highly sought after by a range of health, educational, and social service settings. Our graduates will be able to fulfil the need for increased access to mental health services and support mental wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.
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For study planning help, contact the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing | Te Kura Mahi ā-Hirikapo or the College of Science:
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800