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Categories: Psychology, Postgraduate
Studying to become an accredited cognitive behaviour therapist is one of the most rewarding careers to upskill for. One in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness according to the NHS, and referrals for talking therapies is also on the rise. And because cognitive behaviour applies to a wide range of mental disorders (including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and phobias), no two days are ever the same.
In order to work as a therapist, it’s important to work towards the right accreditation with a master’s. Here we explain some of the necessary steps you will need to take.
The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) is the lead organisation for cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) in the UK and Ireland. They promote, improve and uphold standards of CBT practice, supervision and training.
If you would like to pursue a career in this area, a course like ours that puts you on the path to accreditation, is the ideal way to boost your employability. Although it’s not essential to have this accreditation to practice, being on the official BABCP register signals the gold standard of expertise and guarantees CBT quality for clients.
Through our programme, you will receive training to prepare for Level 2 Provisional Accreditation with the BABCP, leading to a range of career opportunities.
Preparing for your master’s degree at the University of Bolton
Our MSc Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapies course is suitable for people with an Undergraduate degree in a similar discipline. Additionally, you should have a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (or equivalent) and you must also have around 200 hours of experience in counselling/therapy work.
On successful completion of the course, you’ll have an assessed portfolio of evidence designed to meet the BABCP criteria for accreditation. This means you can transition seamlessly into the workplace, or you can go onto doing an advanced research degree. Our dedicated Employability Team is also on hand to support your career ambitions.
To find out more about upskilling in this field, head over to our MSc Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapies course page. Not only do are we No.1 in the North West for Teaching Satisfaction in Psychology Courses (The Guardian University League Tables 2021), but students have also voted us No.1 in the North West for Student Satisfaction for the past three years (Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019). So there’s nowhere better to begin your upskilling journey than the University of Bolton. Enrol in January 2021 to join our fantastic Postgraduate community and to enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe!