Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Complex presentations / Psychological trauma & Personality development / Psychosis & Bipolar / Supervision & Training / Children & Adolescents

All OCTC Postgraduate Courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are run in collaboration with the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. Our DPhil is an opportunity to conduct high quality CBT research under expert supervision, consistent with the values OCTC has honed since its inception over two decades ago.

Applications closing dates:

21 January 2022, 12 noon

13 May 2022, 12 noon

NB. Application window for HEE funded applicants from 1 February until 12 noon on 13 May 2022


Further information is now available on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. This course is open to mental health professionals with at least 2 years of supervised clinical practice and the equivalent of the University of Oxford Postgraduate Certificate in CBT. There are five separate Postgraduate Certificate pathways for the Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced CBT: Complex presentations, Psychological Trauma & Personality Disorder,  Psychosis & Bipolar,  Children & Adolescents, Supervision & Training. Applicants should apply for only one option at a time.

Complex Presentations

Course lead: Dr Anne Garland This course trains therapists to apply evidence-based treatment to presentations falling outside standard CBT protocols – given that comorbidity and complexity are often the rule, and not the exception, in clinical populations.  The course comprises 16 days of teaching over five months including supervision on a fortnightly basis. ECBT CP additional info

Psychological Trauma & Personality Development

Course lead: Dr Helen Kennerley The course covers the impact of psychological trauma and neglect on brain function, memory, sense of self, personality and psycho-social development.  The course explores personality development and the sequelae of a broad range of adverse experiences in childhood and adulthood, going beyond PTSD. It also reviews techniques and adaptations for working effectively with the consequences of psychological trauma and with personality issues.  The course comprises 16 days teaching in four blocks over an academic year, with small group supervision throughout the course.   ECBT PT&PD additional info

Psychosis and Bipolar

Course lead: Dr Louise Isham  This specialism seeks to enable students to develop a sound understanding of cognitive behavioural models of psychosis and the related evidence base; competence in engaging, assessing and developing collaborative formulations with individuals with psychotic and bipolar presentations; and competence to deliver high quality, individuals, evidence-based interventions in accordance with NICE guidance and the competence framework for work with  people with psychosis and bipolar disorder (Roth & Pilling 2013).  The course comprises of teaching over three terms.  Term one starts with the ‘September School’ with 5 days of teaching across the month.  There is also a two-day block in January. Students are required to keep Thursdays during term time free for the course. Teaching will take place for a full day every other Thursday, and supervision and private study time will usually be on the alternate Thursdays, please see dates list for dates (in bold) which do not conform to this pattern. ECBT P&B additional info

Children and Adolescents

Course lead: Dr Joanna Adams  Designed to equip clinicians for work with children, adolescents and their families, this pathway offers specialist supervision and teaching that covers general principles of adapting CBT for children, young people and families, including developmental, systemic and ethical/professional issues. The course will take a transdiagnostic focus, with some teaching on relevant topics shared with students on the Complex Presentations pathway.

Students are expected to carry out CBT with at least three suitable patients during the course and receive two hours of small group supervision on a bi-weekly basis.

The course begins with a two-day induction block and then attendance is required for two days bi-weekly, for training workshops.

Due to the overlap in some areas of study, it is not possible to combine study on the Complex Presentations pathway and the Children and Adolescents pathway within a single award. 

ECBT C&A additional info

Supervision and Training

Course lead: Dr Helen Kennerley

This course runs biennial, the next intake will be for the 2023-24 academic year.

This course develops both supervisory and training skills by combining didactic presentation with live teaching and live supervision practice.  It reflects the expectation that clinicians will be able to offer sound supervision and training in CBT, thus achieving and maintaining adequate standards of CBT. The course comprises 18 workshops (presented in five teaching blocks from October to March). ECBT S&T additional info

Class of 2016-2017 Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced CBT Supervision & Training

Sjofn Evertsdottir, Evelyn Mullers-Conneely, Nick Hawkes, Melanie Fennell (Tutor), Joe Nuttorn Nick Hawkes, Sjofn Evertsdottir, Joe Nuttorn, Helen Kennerley (Course Lead), Evelyn Muller-Conneely