Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapist - Surrey Services & Sussex

The University Of Surrey


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Job summary

Have you considered training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

The University of Surrey in partnership with Psychological service providers across Surrey & Sussex are looking to recruit and train Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapists as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy programme. We train individuals to deliver evidence based psychological therapies for people with anxiety disorders and depression on a one year full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Intervention (CBT).

Please be aware that by applying for this position, your application information will be shared between the education provider (University of Surrey) and 5 Surrey/Sussex based IAPT service providers in the region - Mind Matters/We Are With You/Centre for Psychology/DHC Talking Therapies/Time to Talk Sussex. You will be asked to indicate in order of preference from 1 (first) - 5 (least) the service you wish to be employed by.


Main duties of the job

The training programme consists of three working days within one of the following services: Mind Matters (Surrey & Borders Partnership Foundation NHS Trust: SABP), We Are With You, Centre for Psychology, Dorking Health Care (DHC) Talking Therapies or Time to Talk Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust, and two days at the University, taught by experts in the field.

The pay scale stated reflects all the pay scales across providers, please see individual provider websites for an exact salary figure, contract terms and location.

Applications are invited from a range of core mental health professions including: Applied psychologists, GP's, Mental Health Nurses, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. Applicants without a core profession (such as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners or Counsellors without UKCP or BACP accreditation) must be able to meet the required KSA criteria (see

About us

You will work with an enthusiastic team (both within the Service and University), who are motivated to meet the mental health needs of the local population. Our training and supervision will inspire you with comprehensive teaching in the field of evidence based psychological therapy. We have a commitment to the following: improving access to psychological therapies in response to the diverse needs and presentations within the local community; integrity, honesty, compassion and empathy; effective communication and interpersonal skills; reflective practice; commitment to adult models of learning with an ongoing pledge to excellence in quality of care; evidence based practice informed by the individual patient presentation and patient involvement in teaching and learning.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Description & Person Specification (please contact each individual provider):

Centre for Psychology: email: with HIT Trainee in the subject line or

Dorking Healthcare Talking Therapies:

Mind Matters (SABP):

We Are With You:

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (Time to Talk):

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP):

The University of Surrey PGDip in Psychological Intervention (CBT):

Person Specification



  • Minimum two years full-time equivalent experience working clinically in a mental health setting. Candidates who are qualified as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) must have two years post-qualification experience working as a PWP (taken from the date of their exam board). Please confirm you have 2 full years post qualification.


  • Experience of working from a CBT perspective Experience working in primary care Experience working with anxiety disorders and depression

Knowledge and skills


  • Demonstrate motivation for the course - state your main reasons for applying Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills - please give an example Ability to work in a team - please give an example Ability to receive constructive feedback and be self-reflective - please give an example Basic IT skills - list evidence/examples where you have demonstrated these skills


  • Please be aware that by applying for this position, your application information will be shared between the education provider (University of Surrey) and the five Surrey/Sussex based IAPT service providers: Mind Matters (SABP) / We Are With You / Centre for Psychology / Dorking Healthcare Ltd / Time to Talk Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust. Please indicate in order of preference 1-5 (1= first preference/5= least preference) the service you wish to apply to be employed in. In addition, please add a sentence or two as to why you would like to work for this particular provider. If you are shortlisted, you will be allocated an interview with one of the services listed taking into account your preference. Please note that putting down a provider as 1st choice will not guarantee allocation to that provider even if you are allocated a place on the course. If you do not indicate your preference then allocation will be made on your behalf.



  • Either a BABCP recognised core professional training OR Qualify for BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) criteria (KSA portfolio expected at interview) - please state Core profession or KSA. Minimum 2:2 in a UK undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent that the University of Surrey accepts) - please state degree classification


  • Introductory training in CBT Masters degree in field of mental health

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

The University Of Surrey


Department of Psychology

University of Surrey




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For questions about the job, contact:

University of Surrey Admissions Team

Date posted

23 May 2022

Pay scheme



£28,573.80 to £33,921.30 a year




1 years

Working pattern


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Job locations

Department of Psychology

University of Surrey




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