Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment

The Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment provides an opportunity for practitioners to augment their knowledge and skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The certificate can also be used as a springboard for further study in CBT, working towards becoming an accredited practitioner with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

Please note that the Certificate is a non-clinical route and does not enable trainees to work as a PWP or CBT practitioner (or equivalent). However, it does offer the chance to top-up skills through exposure to the latest interventions and completion of the course can contribute towards the training hours required for individual accreditation by the BABCP.

You will develop your knowledge and skills through attendance at teaching sessions, which are then evaluated by written assessments. Flexibility in the choice of sessions allows students to tailor their course experience to their own interests and practical needs.  

What can I expect from the course?

The course runs over the course of one calendar year, and consists of 14 taught University days chosen by you.

The course consists of 3 compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment
  • Treatments and Models of Anxiety
  • Treatments and Models of Depression

You will be taught through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, experiential skills, training workshops, and self-directed learning.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of written assessments. The first module is assessed by a written exam, and the second and third modules are assessed by essays.

At the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate their learning and development through a Portfolio.

Entry requirements

The postgraduate route requires previous successful completion of an Honours degree graded 2.2 or above in a discipline connected to mental health/clinical qualification in mental health and a postgraduate-level qualification in mental health or equivalent.

Applicants without these qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Selection is based on application form alone.


Fees for the course are £3,150.

Please note that this course is not funded by the NHS, and is offered as a self-funded or sponsored route only. If you wish to self-fund or will be sponsored by your employer, please see more information (how to apply, how to declare funding) here.


Successful completion of the programme will not enable you to work as a qualified PWP, however can contribute towards the training hours required for individual accreditation by the BABCP.

How to apply

The Charlie Waller Institute usually offers one intake per year in September/October. The number of places available per cohort is dependent on NHS service funding of the concurrent High Intensity training programme.

Please apply directly to the University of Reading. Please see more information here.

Further information

For further information on this programme, please contact Sian Melville, Admissions Tutor for the Certificate, at 

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