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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Module

Module code MHR 3604
MHR 4604
Start date January 2020
Duration One half day per week
Attendance Full-time
Fees See the Fees and funding info below
Module leader Patricia Shanahan


Learn how to work more effectively with mental health sufferers in this comprehensive short course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, designed for a wide range of professionals including social workers, primary care nurses, counsellors and occupational therapists.

We recognise the needs and challenges for mental health practitioners working with individuals and families in a wide range of settings. That's why we've developed this course to be beneficial for professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds including health, local authority, volunteering and the independent sector.

Taught by experienced practitioners who specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), this course will develop your knowledge and skills in treating mental health sufferers with particular focus on how you apply CBT theory and practice to your own work with individuals and families.

Delivered over half-day weekly sessions at our state-of-the-art London campus, this course will challenge you to reflect and evolve your current practice with particular focus on engagement, assessment, and strategies to address the risk of relapse and social disabilities. Through a series of workshops and presentations you will also develop a deeper understanding of the approaches, models, relationships and interventions needed for effective use of CBT in a range of mental health care settings.

Armed with this invaluable knowledge you will not only be more effective in your practice but increase your employment prospects and obtain academic credits that can be put towards further undergraduate or postgraduate study, such as a BSc degree or MSc Mental Health Studies.

Course content

This short course is devised to enable you to maintain your professional employment while studying by attending half-day weekly study sessions at our London campus.

This course uses workshops and presentations to cover the following subjects:

  • Cognitive behavioural approaches
  • Getting started
  • Engagement and assessment
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships
  • Vulnerability Stress Models of mental Illness
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Interviewing/questioning skills: re-framing, goal setting, problem solving, task setting
  • Strategies to address the risk of relapse and social disabilities
  • Family sessions, structuring sessions and achieving the aims


This course is assessed entirely through a taped interview and discussion.

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

  • Per credit: £60
  • 15 Credits: £900

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

How to apply

To be eligible to apply, you must be currently working with service users or carers.

If you are studying this programme and your fees are being paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University, then please download an application form by following the link from our CPD health webpage.

If you are studying this programme and your fees are not being paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University (for example, you are funding your own studies), then please complete the Middlesex University application from our postgraduate applications webpage.

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