Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills

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We have redesigned this course!


Our newly revamped Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course now offers a QQI Level 9 Special Purpose Award!


Spanning across 5 days, with 2 days on campus and 3 days conducted live online, this updated programme presents a fantastic opportunity for career acceleration for professionals in the disciplines of counselling, psychotherapy, and mental health.


Enrolling in our QQI Level 9 CBT course will allow you the opportunity to develop your theoretical understanding, practical skills, and personal confidence to effectively apply strategic CBT protocols in the area of mental health and wellbeing.


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Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills


Who is this course for? 

For helping professionals (with therapeutic experience) who want to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) into their practice and work.


What are the benefits of doing this course? 

Upon completion of the course, participants will have the relevant knowledge and practical experience to understand and apply CBT interventions to a variety of presentations and issues. The course is designed to complement already existing qualifications by broadening the repertoire of practitioner skills. Experiential aspects of this course will allow participants to integrate theories into practice. 


What will you learn?

The Professional Certificate includes an overview of the theoretical underpinnings and application of the CBT approach. You will be introduced to the key diagnostic symptoms of anxiety and the role of its physiological characteristics will be explored. Particular focus is given to disorder specific models for panic and social phobia. There is also an emphasis on  Major Depressive Episode, symptoms, diagnosis and maintenance factors. You are taught the importance of the use of pacing, goal setting and choice of intervention with depressed clients. You will also consider the application of CBT interventions to working with anger. There will be a focus on integration of learning, where participants are given the opportunity to outline and describe how they have integrated the learning from the four core workshops and applied it to their practice.

Course Details




AWARD: PCI College Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills


VENUE: Live Online



DAY ONE & DAY TWO: Introduction Day 

The initial two days of the Professional Certificate provide an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of the CBT approach. Additionally, cognitive and behavioural interventions are practiced and skills explored through experiential learning. Material is presented using PowerPoint and videos, role plays, discussions and tutor demonstrations.

Students can expect to:

  • Be introduced to the principles of CBT
  • Become familiar with assessment considerations
  • Identify and work with Negative Automatic Thoughts, Assumptions and Core Beliefs
  • Learn and practice key cognitive and behavioural interventions
  • Develop an understanding of guided discovery and the use of Socratic Questioning
  • Begin to understand the idea of Cognitive Behavioural case formulation


DAY THREE: CBT for Depression and Anger
This workshop focuses on Major Depressive Episode, symptoms, diagnosis and maintenance factors. Participants are taught the importance of the use of pacing, goal setting and choice of intervention with depressed clients and clients experiencing anger. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to explore specific cognitive and behavioural techniques.  

Students can expect to:

  • Deepen their understanding of the clinical features of depression
  • Be introduced to standardised measures used in the diagnosis of depression
  • Become familiar with the cognitive model of depression
  • Explore the use of Behavioural Activation as a key cognitive intervention
  • Learn the value of using a Thought Record with depressed clients


DAY FOUR: CBT for Anxiety
This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the key diagnostic symptoms of anxiety. Particular focus is given to disorder-specific Cognitive-Behavioural models for Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder.? Experiential learning in the application of these models, along, with the use of case studies, will be important features of the day. 

Students can expect to:

  • Become familiar with standardised criteria used in the diagnosis of anxiety disorders.
  • Be introduced to cognitive models of common anxiety disorders.
  • Gain an understanding of the maintenance models for Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder.
  • Choose and implement appropriate interventions in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
  • Learn how to provide the client with the rationale for the use of various interventions.

DAY FIVE: Integration Day
The Integration Day takes place in a facilitated group setting, where participants are given the opportunity to outline and describe how they have integrated the learning from the four core workshops and applied it to their practice. The Integration Day will solidify learning and provide an opportunity for case discussion and supervision. Each member in the group will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Understanding and prioritising of main presenting problems
  • Understanding the maintenance of presenting problem
  • Identification of the three levels of thinking
  • Use of cognitive Interventions
  • Use of behavioural Interventions
  • Personal application of the CBT approach
  • Integration on approach to current work practice
  • Development of a case formulation



  • Record of 15 hours of supervised client work
  • Record of 3 sessions with a qualified supervisor.
  • Poster Presentation

Entry Requirements



Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience. Students currently in training (BSc Degree Year 2 onwards) will be considered, on the understanding that the CBT Certificate qualification cannot be used until they have qualified. You must have access to clients on a daily basis to be able to meet the requirement of 15 hours of counselling using the CBT tools learnt during this course.


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application. 

Course Fees



Cost of Days 1 & 2 - €235

Cost of Days 3,4 and 5* - €445

Full Price: €640 (Save €40)

PCI College Graduate & Student Full Price*: €580

*PCI College Student rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.


Days 1 and 2 must be taken together.  Students who have completed the PCI College module in Advanced CBT (Year 4 of BSc Degree) or equivalent* are entitled to an exemption on Day 1 & Day 2 of this Certificate. Requests for exemptions must be made in advance of starting the course.  No exemptions are granted for Day 3, 4 & 5 of the course.



Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Integration day (Day 5) is scheduled for a date that allows sufficient time for students to complete practice hours. If you are unable to attend your integration day due to not having completed your practice hours, you may be subject to a fee for setting the integration day outside of your original class schedule.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


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