QQI Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Level 9 Special Purpose Award

Part-time | Athlone (Blended Learning)

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A particular strength of this programme is the emphasis on practical skills throughout the course. This programme focuses on the applications of CBT and facilitates you to develop a working knowledge of skills, tools and interventions relevant to working with anxiety and depression. This is achieved through a model of experiential learning, practical application and practitioner reflexivity. Flipped learning, live demonstrations, videos, and assessment strategies to evaluate your performance provide you with a safe and optimum environment for learning.  


Who is this course for?


The programme is aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists and those from a BABCP-recognised core profession (Psychiatry, Social Work, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, GP's) who seek the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and personal confidence to apply strategic protocols of CBT in the area of mental health and wellbeing. The Certificate in CBT is intended to enhance your existing qualifications and would interest professionals who may wish to pursue further level 9 studies in this area. This course is for you if you want to develop your clinical and academic skills further and are interested in evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.


What are the benefits of doing this course?


This QQI validated professional programme supports you in expanding your skills, knowledge and practitioner competencies to ensure you grow and develop within CBT structures that are innovative, creative and leading-edge. In addition to leading to a level 9 special purpose award, the programme is specifically designed to meet the growing demand for CBT-skilled practitioners within an overwhelmed mental health system. It is designed to meet the requirements for entry into Module 2 of the MSc in CBT with PCI College, thereby enabling you to pursue further training in CBT at Masters level should you choose to do so. The course is designed for busy professionals and adopts a collaborative learning approach, incorporating flipped learning, encouraging autonomy and choice for the adult learner. Through experiential in-class group practice and clinical hours, you can maximise learning when treating clients presenting with these concerns whilst developing strong reflexive skills that will strengthen your ability to integrate your learning.


What will you learn?


You will be provided with a solid grounding in the core concepts of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a discipline framed within the BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics, in addition to more specialist areas such as anxiety disorders and depression. You will be provided with opportunities to discuss and consider the theories presented in the programme in a collaborative, experiential learning environment that encourages the integration of professional knowledge with self-reflection along with emphasising personal capabilities such as self-awareness, integrity, sensitivity, insight and compassion. Upon completing this programme, you will have developed an understanding of the core concepts of CBT and the skill to utilise specific models and interventions applicable to practice in the area of anxiety and depression. 



Course Details


DURATION: 5 Days over a 6 month period to allow time for integration and completion of placement requirements.    


START DATE: TBC - Join Mailing List to Receive Notification Once Applications Are Open


AWARD: QQI Level 9 Special Purpose Award Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (10 ECTS Credits)


VENUE: Athlone - Blended


TIMETABLE: 10 am to 5 pm


Module 1:

Day 1 - 28th September 2024 (Saturday) - In Person
Day 2 - 19th October 2024 (Saturday) - Online via Microsoft Teams
Day 3 - 9th November 2024 (Saturday) - Online via Microsoft Teams


Module 2:

Day 4 - 6th December 2024 (Friday) - In Person
Day 5 - 20th December 2024 (Friday) - In Person


DELIVERY MODE: Blended: Module 1: Day 1 will take place in your physical class venue, Days 2 & 3 will be conducted in a live, online virtual classroom. Module 2: days 4 & 5 will take place in your physical class venue.



MODULE 1: Theory and Origins of CBT (5 ECTS Credits)

  • Experientially explore techniques for working within the CBT framework
  • Investigate essential theoretical concepts underpinning CBT
  • Explore the foundational, diagnostic and treatment methods in cognitive and behavioural approaches to therapy within the BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
  • Develop an understanding of the appropriate and ethical CBT interventions applicable to practice.


MODULE 2: Theory and Skills: CBT for Anxiety and Depression (5 ECTS Credits)

  • Overview of cognitive behavioural therapy's core theoretical frameworks and skills specific to Anxiety Disorders and Depression.
  • Case Formulations and ethical practice
  • Practical application of disorder-specific CBT models for each disorder
  • Skills practice honing reflexivity.
  • The use of the CTS-R, an essential CBT practitioner tool.
  • Practitioner competencies.



Module 1

2,000 word essay.


Module 2

Part a) Case Study

Part b) Clinical Portfolio



  • Complete the Garda Vetting process
  • Record of 30 one-to-one client hours to be signed by an accredited clinical supervisor.
  • Record of 3 hours supervision (1 hour of supervision for every 10 hours of client work) for learners with a counselling/psychotherapy qualification OR Record of 6 hours of supervision (1 hour of supervision for every 5 hours of client work) for learners from a cognate discipline.
  • Please note that the cost of clinical supervision is not included in the course fees.
  • Minimum pass grade in all assessments
  • Attendance at all classes


ASSESSMENT: Assignments

There are no formal examinations, giving students more opportunities to concentrate on their assignments and their own self-exploration throughout their journey.

Entry Requirements



Applicants should possess the maturity to reflect on their development as a person and have completed one of the following: 

  • Level 8 accredited degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy 


  • Accredited Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy plus Level 8 degree in a related area plus submission of a clinical portfolio




You must be deemed suitable to work with clients within your core profession (counselling/psychotherapy or cognate discipline) in order to meet the placement requirement (30 hours of one-to-one work with clients), i.e. you must be working within a role that enables the integration of CBT skills on a one-to-one basis.



Applicants are required to satisfy the English language requirement. Applicants whose first language is not English and are presenting qualifications obtained in a language other than English may satisfy the requirement through the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) on the basis that they obtain a minimum band score of 6.5 at postgraduate level or an equivalent score of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or Cambridge, which denotes a very good skill level of English.



Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course




Entry is by application form and submission of relevant certificates/transcripts. Applicants are invited to book online using the book now.


Applicants will be assessed for suitability based on their existing qualification, evidence within the application form that they possess the maturity to reflect on their development as a person, are suitable to meet the placement criteria and can satisfy the English language requirements.


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





PCI College Alumni Group Members Fee - €840 - Join alumni group on LinkedIn to avail of this offer.

Students who have completed PCI College's Pro Cert in CBT (All 5 Days) Fee - €840

PCI College Graduates Fee - €890


Please note that there is an additional charge of €20 for the Garda vetting process which is required prior to course entry which not included in the above fees. The additional cost of clinical supervision is also not included in course fees above. Clinical supervision can cost from €60 per session upwards. Fees are negotiable between learners and individual supervisors.


In the event that your application is unsuccessful, €60 of your fee paid when booking is kept by PCI College for administration costs.


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.


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


For more information, please visit our Terms & Conditions page.

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"I learned a good deal about myself in this module and found it a very positive experience"
Certificate Student 2013, Dublin West

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