Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Approaches for Children & Young People

(IAPT CYP) (CBT, Parent Training and Systemic Family Practice pathways)

About the programme

This programme is a postgraduate diploma in evidence-based psychotherapies for children and young people, validated by the University of Manchester. The programme is part of the national Children and Young People - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) project, and is currently seeking validation by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). It is a full-time multi-disciplinary programme (two days per week teaching/ supervision, with the rest of the week spent in clinical practice), in three 10 week terms, commencing in January each year. The aim of the programme is to provide health and social care professionals working in CYP IAPT services with the opportunity to develop general core clinical skills and theoretical knowledge, with specialism in either:

  • Cognitive and behaviour therapy interventions for internalising disorders (8-17 year olds), or
  • Parent Training interventions for conduct problems (3-10 year olds), or
  • Systemic family practice for depression and self-harm, conduct disorders and eating disorders.

The programme meets all the requirements of the CYP-IAPT National Curriculum. The programme is grounded in evidence based practice and is informed by the latest advances in clinical and experimental research. The attainment of clinical competence is measured by validated assessment tools.

Programme Participants

Participants will be predominantly qualified members of the main mental health professions (Mental Health Social Workers, Psychiatric Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists in Mental Health, Accredited Counsellors). Please consult the following link for a list of all health, Mental health and social care professions currently accepted by BABCP as a recognised core profession, which will be accepted as entry criteria: Applicants without one of these recognised core professions will be considered for eligibility via the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes framework based on that developed by the BABCP. The Knowledge, Skills and Assessment requirements can be viewed by clicking on the ‘KSA Portfolio Guidelines’ document on this webpage. When viewing this document please refer to the “Minimum Evidence for Course Assessment” column for the information that we would require you to provide.

Eligible applicants will be working within CYP-IAPT services that are in partnership with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Recruitment is a joint process with our collaborative partners. Successful candidates will have some existing knowledge and experience of cognitive and/or behavioural therapy, parenting for conduct disorders, or systemic family practice. Experience of at least 2 years clinical work with children and young people is essential.

For more information about the National CYP IAPT project go to

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