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CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that is commonly used to help people understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their behaviours. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including depression, addictions, anxiety and phobias.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT, is the therapy of choice for medical practitioners referring patients that are struggling with certain destructive behaviours. It is a well recognised system of training a patient to identify and reconstruct certain negative thought processes which may be affecting their lives.

Our feelings and emotions influence how we deal with every event. Negative emotions can adversely affect any part of our lives. For example a woman who has suffered physical abuse feels she can no longer cope because her self-esteem has become so low. CBT helps her to picture certain situations she faces and to examine the thought processes which convince her she is not equipped with the necessary skills or confidence.

It is an extremely valuable tool which is very highly regarded not only by mental health consumers but also medical providers too.  One of the main reasons is it is such a popular therapy, apart from its convincing results, is the fact treatment tends to be over a very short term and focused on a specific problem. This makes it very accessible at a cost which people can afford.


This comprehensive CBT Diploma course will teach you a wide range of CBT techniques to help you to identify any of your own thoughts and behaviours that may be limiting your progress in life and to help you to help others to do the same. 

Our CBT training will teach you:

  • ·      How CBT fits into the healing framework
  • ·      How to identify your own negative thought processes and how to construct more positive ones
  • How to use these powerful CBT techniques with yourself and others
  • ·      An understanding of peoples needs to hide their own feelings and desires from themselves
  • ·      Counselling and psychotherapy skills
  • ·      How to identify more difficult problems and the pathway of referral


Students have access to a designated tutor who will mark your work and is available by telephone or email for any further support required. 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Basics

The underlying concept behind CBT is that our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in our behaviour. For example, a person who spends a lot of time thinking about plane crashes, runway accidents and other air disasters may find themselves avoiding air travel. The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy is to teach patients that while they cannot control every aspect of the world around them, they can take control of how they interpret and deal with things in their environment.

What’s Included in the Online CBT Course:

·      Full e-course materials.

·      Full tutor support is offered throughout the course.

·      We also have a dedicated ustream channel please see the link below with monthly free workshops to enhance your learning.

·      We also offer all students doing the home study training the opportunity to come along to our monthly best practice groups in Manchester and London at no extra cost. This greatly enhances learning.

The monthly support groups are free for all students and give you the opportunity to see inspirational speakers, network, meet like minded people, and learn new skills. For those that can’t attend the events we also film these monthly sessions and email a copy to all students each month. The practice groups are optional and not essential for completing the course.

See the link below for all past events and workshops:


The online courses are assessed by a written assignment at the end of the course which consists of a question paper and written answers. This course will take you up to 200 hours to complete and there is no time limit for completing your course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

There is no time limit for completing the course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. Help and support is always available from the training Centre team through out your training.



On completion of the course you will receive a CBT Diploma Certificate from the IANLPC and another from the  Centre of Excellence for completing the course. 


"Cognitive and behavioural psychotherapies are a range of therapies based on concepts and principles derived from psychological models of human emotion and behaviour. They include a wide range of treatment approaches for emotional disorders, along a continuum from structured individual psychotherapy to self-help material."

This course is ideal for those that are either complete beginners to the field of CBT and are considering making a career change to become a CBT Therapist, with the aim of  getting an insight and understanding of CBT, or existing CBT Therapists, teachers, coaches or parents looking to reinforce their knowledge or to pick up some new skills. This course is also ideal if you are interested in a career in CBT, though are unsure if you want to commit yourself financially and time wise to a full CBT qualification.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Contents:

1 What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

1.1 History of cognitive psychology

1.2 History of behavioural psychology

1.3 Assessment

2 Human Emotions

2.1 The biological component of emotion

2.2 Expression of emotion

2.3 Assessment

3 Levels of Change

3.1 Motivation to change

3.2 Assessment

4 Counselling Skills 1

4.1 Characteristics of effective helpers

4.2 Basic counselling skills

4.3 Assessment

5 Counselling Skills 2

5.1 The counselling process

5.2 Assessment

6 Counselling Skills 3

6.1 Professional boundaries

6.2 Professional supervision

6.3 Ethical codes

6.4 Burnout

6.5 Assessment

7 Counselling Approaches

7.1 Development psychology

7.2 Psychotherapy

7.3 Humanism

7.4 Assessment

8 Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Principles

8.1 Characteristics of CBT

8.2 Irrational belief patterns

8.3 The ABC model

8.4 Assessment

9 Planning a CBT session

9.1 Homework

9.2 Assessment

10 Basic Cognitive Behaviour Techniques

10.1 Automatic thoughts

10.2 Altering cognitive distortions

10.3 Assessment

11 CBT Techniques Continued

11.1 Thought stopping

11.2 Challenging core beliefs

11.3 Assessment

12 CBT Applications: Depression

12.1 Immobilisation

12.2 Assessment

13 CBT Applications: Anxiety

13.1 Relaxation

13.2 Assessment

14 CBT Applications: Phobias

14.1 Systematic Desensitisation

14.2 Assessment

15 CBT Applications: Insomnia

15.1 Sleep hygiene

15.2 Sleep diary

15.3 Sleep restriction method

15.4 Cognitive restructuring

15.5 Assessment

16 CBT Applications: Anger Management

16.1 Anger Control

16.2 Assessment

17 CBT Variations: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

17.1 Assessment

18 CBT Variations: Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT)

18.1 Assessment

19 Case Study 1

20 Case Study 2

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


All of the online course materials are emailed over to you as e-documents, if you would prefer a hard copy of the course materials to be posted out to you please select this when checking out.