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AdvDip(CPD) Level HE7 Using CBT with Clients with Persistent and Distressing Long-Term Health Conditions

People with long-term physical health conditions or medically unexplained symptoms frequently develop mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. If you are a qualified or trainee high intensity therapist or CBT therapist who is currently working in a clinical setting with clients who have long-term physical health conditions, this 20-credit course offers focused and practical professional development for this specialist area of therapy.

Level HE7 Using CBT with Clients with Persistent and Distressing Long-Term Health Conditions

Key information



Mode of Study:



36 weeks


University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Two thirds of people with a long-term physical health condition also have a co-morbid mental health problem, most often anxiety and depression. In addition, up to 70% of people with medically unexplained symptoms also have depression or anxiety disorders. These common mental health disorders are detectable and treatable. This bite-sized advanced professional development course offers practical, intensive and detailed skills training for this vital area of therapy.

Our expert and dedicated team will guide you as you develop your theoretical and research knowledge for working with people with anxiety disorders or depression in the context of long-term physical health conditions and people who experience persistent and distressing medically unexplained symptoms. We’ll explore a range of topics organised around medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), chronic pain, diabetes, coronary heart disease (CHD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer.

We’ll support your as you learn about the adaptation of psychological therapies for working with these groups, as well as how to conduct effective clinical assessment of people with long-term health conditions and use this to inform your clinical decision making. You’ll then be expected to undertake a period of clinical practice under specialist supervision where you learn to apply your new knowledge and adapt therapy sensitively, promoting your clients’ capacity for adjustment and self-management.

  • The aims and objectives of this advanced professional development module are consistent with the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) National Curriculum for Long Term Persistent & Distressing Health Conditions (NHS England, 2016).
  • Lecturers for this course include current consultant clinical psychologists, clinical psychologists, health psychologists and CBT therapists who are specialists in their fields, as well as former CBT clinical leads and long-term health condition clinical leads from the NHS.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop skills in multi-agency and inter-professional working and collaboration.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded an Advanced Professional Development qualification in Using CBT with Clients with Persistent and Distressing Long-Term Health Conditions worth 20 credits at Level HE7.
Key Features
  • Our dedicated academic team has a wealth of experience working in therapeutic mental health settings and engaging in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion to their teaching.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn from guest lecturers who are currently working in physical health settings to deliver psychological therapies adapted for persistent and distressing long-term health conditions.
  • The course curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that content remains contemporary and relevant.
  • We promote research and critical enquiry helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.

  • You must be either a practicing CBT therapist who has passed a postgraduate CBT programme or a trainee CBT therapist who is at least one full semester into their training and currently on a Level 2 BABCP accredited training course.
  • You must also have at least an Upper Second Class (2:1) Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline, as well as a qualification in therapy practice, such as Level 3 Counselling Skills or equivalent (particularly if you are a trainee CBT therapist).
  • You’ll also need evidence that you’ve completed work experience in a helping or therapeutic profession equating to a minimum of 200 hours of clinical practice (particularly if you are a trainee CBT therapist.
  • To successfully complete this course, your work setting must give you access to clinical practice opportunities with clients who have common mental health problem/s and persistent and distressing long-term health condition/s, as well as specialist supervision provided by your employer.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • You must be able to provide two satisfactory references.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

As set out in the government paper ‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’, psychological therapy services will increasingly focus on people with long-term conditions or medically unexplained symptoms. New psychological therapy provision will see physical and mental health care provision co-located with therapy services being integrated into existing medical pathways and services in primary care, or secondary care services (such as diabetes, cardiac, and respiratory). There is therefore an increasing need for high intensity therapists and CBT therapists with specialist training, skills and knowledge in this important area of therapy.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £780 for the academic year 2022/23.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £1,440 for the academic year 2022/23.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

You will be expected to attend an intensive period of University-based training at the beginning of the course, including methods such as lectures, workshops, tutorials, e-learning and group discussions. This will be combined with up to six months’ further clinical practice under specialist long-term health condition and medically unexplained symptoms supervision, which will be provided by your employer or associated specialist services. As this is a master’s level course, you’ll need to engage in a substantial amount of independent study, such as library research, practical activities and further reading.

You’ll need to complete a range of assessments such as completion of at least two clinical cases where CBT has been delivered in the context of a long-term physical health condition or persistent and distressing physical symptoms, evidence logs reflecting learning from the training and supervision applied to these cases, and a written case study assessed by the University of Bolton. Please see the programme specification and module specification for full details.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Mel Greenhalgh
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903508

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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