Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory

Guided Learning Hours

120 hours

This qualification is intended for qualified counsellors who have acquired a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or equivalent and want to develop CBT skills and theory as an integral part of their counselling work.

Practitioners will develop proficiency as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at a placement agency or workplace, under clinical supervision. Candidates will also develop their approach to practice as a senior counsellor within an agency; to carry out client assessments, including identifying and referring clients with severe and complex mental health problems.

Our success rates for all courses are ‘outstanding’ at 95% to 100%, and consistently over the last 12 years performed well above national benchmarks.

Client work requirements:

You must be in an appropriate setting that would support you working a minimum of 30 formally contracted hours with at least 3 clients (aged 16 or over) using the CBT model, under clinical supervision.

Supervision requirements:

Supervision – in the form of either group or one-to-one supervision – to meet BACP minimum requirements. The external supervision for the CBT client work should be with a supervisor who is able to support candidates in their CBT practice. The course includes group training supervision in addition to the candidate’s own supervision arrangements for their external work as per BACP minimum requirements.

Personal counselling or therapy:

There are no requirements for personal counselling. CPTA do however recommend that you personally experience being a client to a qualified CBT therapist.

You are required to have ready access to a counsellor/therapist as needed or as identified by your tutor or supervisor to support you in your personal and professional development and for containment of your self and client work.

Refer to ethical principles and BACP guidelines regarding fitness to practice.

Candidates must have obtained the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) or equivalent.

For internal progressing applicants from our Level 4 course we require a tutor reference of recommendation.

For new applicants to CPTA we require a reference from your counselling supervisor and/or course tutor commenting on your suitability for this level of counselling training.

Please note that CPTA is an independent training provider and does not have the benefit of any government subsidy or student loans for course fees. There are instalment options available for Course fees.