Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
A significant number of people experience issues with mental health, addictions, and harmful behaviour during their lifetime. The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGDipCBT) provides professional, practical training in CBT to assist treatment of mental health and substance use issues, and support people’s wellbeing.
UC is uniquely placed for study in CBT, with a well-established Clinical Psychology programme which provides training in CBT to clinical psychology trainees, and industry connections to Pegasus Health, the Canterbury District Health Board | Te Poari Hauora ō Waitaha, Purapura Whetu, and mana whenua, along with our work in the community in response to disaster and terrorism. UC is the only university to offer this programme in Te Waipounamu South Island.
Graduates from this programme will be able to support the growing need for mental health and addiction treatment, and increase access to mental health services.
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 is 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 PGDipCBT is made up of 120 points of courses, which includes critical theory and application through 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 3 years of part-time study.
The following courses are compulsory for all students:
Mental health has long been identified as one of the most important factors in a healthy growing society. The Aotearoa New Zealand Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health is responding to mental health services demand with plans to increase access to talking therapies across the country, leading to more employment opportunities for our graduates.
You will find your knowledge and skills needed in a variety of settings, for example with primary health care providers, mental health providers, and schools.
Through this degree, you can directly change lives and improve mental health within Aotearoa.
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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