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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (1 year)

Flinders University’s cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) programs provide you with clinical competencies and research skills in CBT for high-prevalence psychological disorders.

You will gain clinical training opportunities through industry practicums modelled around a clinical supervision framework.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $37,500
Location: Adelaide Campus, Australia
CRICOS code: 088940F
Delivery mode: On campus/External

Competency-based assessment programs, seminars and workshops are delivered by respected and recognised clinical and research academics, and guest lecturers who are experts in CBT. You will have opportunities to translate knowledge of high-prevalence psychological disorders, comorbid mental health and related disorders, resilience and strengths-based interventions, as well as behavioural activation and motivational interviewing in an applied interdisciplinary learning environment.

The courses are suited to new allied health graduates and health professionals who are committed to ongoing professional development and personal growth using accountable evidence-based treatments and practice principles. They are suitable preparation for those interested in pursuing private practice, or advancing their knowledge and skills in CBT. Collectively, these courses offer developing, expanding and advanced levels of qualification through an integrated program of theory, clinical practicums and research.

What you will study

The courses aim to provide opportunities for individuals working in health and related areas to increase and develop their knowledge within a competency-based CBT framework. The masters program further deepens and expands clinical practice and applied research skills in the area of CBT through an engaging and innovative environment that places the individual at the centre of the learning process. Topics cover areas such as low intensity cognitive behaviour therapy for psychological disorders, fundamentals of clinical practice, theory and models of cognitive behaviour therapy, and cognitive behaviour therapy for psychological disorders.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Graduates of this program are competent and equipped to contribute to improving mental health service delivery because of their specialised knowledge and clinical competencies in CBT. Graduates can work in both private and public health care organisations and are trained to work in a range of primary mental health care roles. Graduates who are already in health professional roles are well-placed to embark on leadership positions clinically, academically and through research opportunities.

Potential occupations include:

  • psychotherapist (CBT)
    (applicable to graduates of the masters)
  • behavioural health coach/low intensity practitioner (CBT)
    (applicable to graduates of the diploma).

Potential employers include:

  • public and private health organisations
  • education providers
  • the non-government and community sectors
  • private practice/self-employment.

Professional recognition / accreditation

The Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is accredited with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Current students can apply for student membership. Upon graduation you are eligible to apply for provisional membership and on completion of post-qualifying supervisory practice requirements as set out by PACFA or ACA can apply for full membership. Graduates are accredited to practice and hold the title of Psychotherapist (CBT).