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The Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) Top-up course from London South Bank University enables you to add to your classic CBT training all the knowledge and skills required to treat clients using resilience training and the principles of positive development, as well as undertake research in these areas. You will need to enrol and successfully complete Module 6 of the PGDip Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development). You will then to take modules 7 and 8 to qualify for the MSc Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development).

The course is unique in using positive psychology principles and practice for the development of resilience and flourishing in clients with mental health issues. During the first and second year you'll have an opportunity to take part in a question-and-answer session in person with Dr Christine Padesky, and one to two online group sessions where you'll be able to discuss some client issues common to the whole group. This is a unique opportunity to learn from a master clinician.


In addition to having already obtained or being eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation, at the end of the MSc you will have a research-practitioner degree. You will be able to practice in the NHS and in private practice. Your services will be in high demand because you will be trained to enable people to climb onto pathways of resilience and flourishing in their lives, thereby producing positive development. 

Your services will therefore be in great demand as you will have unparalleled competence in furthering the well-being of the general public. In addition to the above you will also be able to apply for academic positions as a lecturer and/or a researcher. You may then wish to continue your studies in the form of a PhD. 

Programme Structure

  • CBT interventions for the development of resilience and flourishing
  • Research in health and social care
  • Dissertation
All modules are assessed by a mix of case studies, audio tapes and self-reflective essays.

Detailed Programme Facts

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Academic Requirements

    You will have successfully completed a High Intensity IAPT course which you will ideally have received from a BABCP accredited University.

    Clients/Patients/Clinical and Research Supervision

    If you have satisfactorily completed the requirements of a PgDip High Intensity IAPT course from an accredited University and are eligible for BABCP accreditation you will need to see clients suffering from mild to moderate depression and /or anxiety while you are completing the requirements of Module 6 and  will need clinical supervision from a BABCP accredited supervisor for this module as a requirement of the course. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5583 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5583 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4943 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4943 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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