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Flexible Professional Development Modules

The key aspect of this programme is flexibility. Students can attend specific modules according to their individual professional needs and working environment. Some modules hone skills and knowledge in a specific area (e.g. older people, trauma etc) and others cover a diverse range of disorders in less detail. Each module holds a University credit evaluation, and on successful completion, these credits can be accumulated towards a University of Reading qualification in Professional Development in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment.

Accumulated credits award:

  • Certificate (60 credits)
  • Diploma (120 credits)

Course benefits

  • Broaden, update, strengthen and deepen professional skills and competencies
  • Study for a single module or a full qualification
  • Gain a postgraduate University level qualification
  • Up to 4 years to complete a Diploma or Certificate
  • Enrolment for each module takes place at least once a year

If you would like to do the training without the assessment, please fill in the Flexible Training Application Form 2019

Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies


By following and being assessed on the Introductory module, Foundation Trauma and Advanced Trauma modules within 2 academic years, students will be awarded a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies.

Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies Information

Accreditation of prior learning

The University will accredit prior learning on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will usually be required to have obtained an Honours degree in a discipline connected to mental health. The exception to this is the PYMINT module, Introduction to Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment, where NO specific qualification or experience of CBT is required.


Available Modules listed below:-

Treatments and Models 1


Treatments and Models 2

This module comprises workshops equating to five full days on evidence-based psychological theory and treatments given by recognised national and international experts in the field. These workshops cover the the evidence-based theory for a range of Axis I psychological disorders and more complex cases (e.g., with multiple co-occurring diagnoses, including Axis II psychopathology).

Duration: 5 days chosen from 8 workshops

Date range: April-July 2018

Module code: PYMTM2

Cost: £1000

Assessment: £175

Treatments and Models 3

The aim of this module is to enable students to use advanced evidence-based psychological treatments for cases with multiple psychological disorders, and to train students in the use advanced evidence-based psychological approaches that cut across specific diagnoses (i.e. transdiagnostic disorders).

Duration: 4 days chosen from 5 workshops

Date range: Autumn 2018

Module code: PYMTM3

Cost: £700

Assessment: £175

Advanced skills for working with trauma

This 5 day module will build on the basic trauma module above, but each day offers training for specific populations e.g. children; shame-based trauma; veterans, sexual abuse. Attendance at the basic module is a prerequisite for the advanced module (subject to APEL).

Duration: 5 days

Date range: w/c 17th September 2018

Module code: PYMAWT

Cost: £585 for 5 day workshop - £130 for 1 workshop - £250 for the 2 day workshop

Assessment: £175

Introduction to Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment

This 4-day module will provide a thorough background to the fundamentals of cognitive behavioural therapy, and the role of evidence-based interventions within the NHS. No previous CBT knowledge is needed.


On completion of this module students will have a detailed understanding of the generic approach to CBT, and be ready to be trained in disorder specific models and interventions.

Duration: 4 days

Date range: 15th - 19th January 2019

Module code: PYMIN1

Cost: £700 (including assessment)


Foundation skills for working with trauma and PTSD

This 4-day module will cover the core knowledge and skills that participants will need in order to work with clients who experience PTSD (following type I trauma). Participants will gain an understanding of psychological theories and of the current evidence-based interventions for treating PSTD. In particular, participants will gain skills in the assessment and formulation of PTSD as well as in specific therapeutic techniques in working with PTSD. Emphasis will also be placed on students' own self-care when working with highly distressed clients.

Duration: 4 days

Date range: TBC

Module code: PYMTM1

Cost: £700 (including assessment)

Advanced skills for working with complex trauma and specific populations

See 'Advanced skills for working with trauma' above. Each year the content will be slightly different but it will always have a focus on helping participants to develop advanced skills for working with complex (type II) trauma and specific populations affected by trauma.

Duration: 5 days

Date range: TBC

Cost: £1000 (including assessment)


Treatments and Models 1

Duration: January - April 2019

Module code: PYMTM1

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