PGDip in High Intensity Training

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment is aimed at experienced mental health professionals who wish to become accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapists.

Our course is fully accredited by the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Level 2 IAPT course.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment is a rigorous, challenging and highly rewarding academic and clinical skills training course. You will be trained in the use of evidence-based treatments, and receive constructive feedback on your developing clinical competence.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have satisfied the requirements of BABCP minimum training standards, and be eligible for accreditation with the BABCP.

Entry requirements

The Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment (IAPT) comprises a programme which contains both taught material and supervised clinical practice. Throughout your studies you will have the chance to develop, under supervision, the knowledge and skills required to assess, formulate and treat adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

Teaching covers the following three modules:

  • The fundamentals of evidence-based treatment (CBT)
  • Theory and practice of therapy for anxiety disorders
  • Theory and practice of therapy for depression

You will be taught through the use of a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, experiential skills, training workshops, and group and individual clinical supervision. You will apply and develop the skills you learn in your role of High Intensity Trainee within an IAPT service.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment is a postgraduate-level course and does therefore include a significant academic component.

You will be assessed by a literature review, clinical case studies, video recordings of assessment and treatment sessions, a presentation and a clinical practice portfolio.

Trainees will have conducted a minimum of 200 hours of supervised clinical practice and received a minimum of 70 hours of clinical supervision by the end of the course.

Furthermore, it is expected that students will attend 100% of teaching. There is a course requirement for a minimum of 80% attendance across all individual modules.

How to apply

The Charlie Waller Institute currently offers two intakes per year in January and March. The number of places available per cohort is dependent on NHS service funding.

Potential candidates must apply through the job advertisement on NHS Jobs The University of Reading will review the application and a member of our team will be present on the interview panel.

If you are interested in self-funding or being sponsored by your employer on this course, please apply directly to the University of Reading. Please see more information here.

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