PGDip in High Intensity Training

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment is aimed to 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. And 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

Trainee HI IAPT posts are advertised on the NHS Jobs website. Currently our training is run once a year, commencing in January so IAPT services will advertise trainee posts in early Autumn. Please do not apply directly to the University of Reading for this course.

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