Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre

Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC)
Courses and workshops


Get cutting-edge CBT training from one of the UK’s leading training agencies,
including courses leading to awards from the University of Oxford

Workshop programme

We offer a full programme of workshops on a wide variety of topics in CBT, from basic level to advanced, run both by OCTC staff and outside experts.

Workshop programme

Qualifications from the University of Oxford

From beginners to advanced level

Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Course Lead: Dr Sarah Rakovshik

The course aims to equip practitioners with the CBT skills necessary to implement evidence-based treatment for the most common psychological disorders. The course is open to all mental health professionals with at least one year’s experience of supervised clinical practice. It comprises 20 days of teaching over two terms, including weekly supervision groups.

Postgraduate Certificate in CBT

Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy*

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.

Choose from one of the following four areas:

Complex Presentations

Course Lead: Dr Sarah Rakovshik
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 bi-weekly basis.

Psychological Trauma

Course Lead: Martina Mueller
The course covers the impact of psychological trauma on brain function, memory and psychological development, as well as techniques for working effectively with developmental and adult trauma in a range of trauma populations. The course comprises 16 days of teaching in four blocks over a year, with each block including one half-day consultation group.

Psychosis & Bipolar

Course Lead: Dr Louise Isham
This new addition to the OCTC programme reflects the growing evidence base for CBT as an effective intervention for people with psychotic and bipolar disorders. Cognitive models of psychosis and bipolar will be covered as well as the latest evidence-based techniques for working with these client groups. The course comprises 18 days of teaching across the year, with an initial four-day induction block in October followed by fortnightly one-day sessions during term

Supervision and Training

Course Lead: Dr Helen Kennerley
The course aims to develop both supervisory and training skills by combining didactic presentation with live teaching and supervision practice. It reflects the increased expectation that clinicians are offered sound supervision and training in CBT in order to achieve adequate standards of CBT. The course comprises 18 workshops (presented in five teaching blocks from October to March).

Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced CBT

Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Course Lead: Dr Sarah Rakovshik

Having successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in CBT or the Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced CBT, you can apply to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT. To complete this, you will take one of the courses not taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate: Complex Presentations; Psychological Trauma; Psychosis and Bipolar; Supervision and Training. For further information on BABCP accreditation of the Postgraduate Diploma CBT, please see:

Postgraduate Diploma in CBT details on BABCP

Postgraduate Diploma in CBT further information

MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Course Lead: Dr Sarah Rakovshik

The course offers clinicians who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT an opportunity to carry out high quality research and contribute to the evidence base for CBT. This two-year, research based award provides the foundation for carrying out research and publishing an academic paper. On successful completion the MSc will subsume the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT where already received.

MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Short Courses in Advanced Skills

Research Skills

Course Lead: Dr Sarah Rakovshik

Clinicians wishing to acquire a foundation in research design and methodology may attend the preparatory module of the MSc. Teaching and discussion will prepare students to develop a comprehensive proposal for research that can be carried out in their clinical setting.

SCAS: Research Skills

Advanced Clinical Practice

Course Lead: Dr Kate Rosen

The course offers clinicians the opportunity to refine advanced clinical skills and to be brought up to date with the latest advances in practice. Masterclasses include ‘Anxiety’, ‘Depression’ and ‘Assessing and treating more challenging presentations’. It comprises seven workshop days over two terms. Students choosing to have close supervision of a session and evaluation of a case report will fulfil the requirement for BABCP accreditation outstanding after successful completion of the PG Diploma.

Short courses can be taken for a University of Oxford “Attendance only” certificate, or as an assessed course for 15 CATS points.

SCAS: Advanced Clinical Practice

Online training

Our online programme contains nearly 20 hours of web-based video training and illustrations of key CBT strategies, from OCTC staff and outside experts.

Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre Online Training


We also offer clinical supervision in CBT, face-to-face or by phone.

Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre Supervisionn