Blended Learning Programme

QQI Level 9 Certificate in CBT with Children & Adolescents

*Subject to Revalidation by QQI

  • Award: QQI L9 Certificate (subject to validation)

  • Start Date: 19th October 2024

  • Language requirement: If English is your second language you are required to submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) cert at Level 6.5, or equivalent. For more information please click HERE

  • Course Fees:

    • €975.00 [A deposit of €292.50 secures your place]

Who Should Apply

This course will be of interest to those who are working in a supportive capacity with children and adolescents i.e. counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, social care workers, keyworkers, mental health nurses, guidance counsellors, SNAs, teachers etc.

  • Applicants are required to evidence attainment of a minimum of Level 8 in counselling and/or psychotherapy or a minimum of a Level 8 Degree in cognate discipline, or equivalent.
  • Applicants are required to be able to demonstrate relevant experience in working with people in a responsible and caring role.
  • Applicants must be in a work setting or role which will provide them with opportunities to implement their learning from this module, such as paid or voluntary work with children within the helping professions, counselling support services, psychological settings, social care settings and /or project / youth /community work.


In this module, learners will engage in formal didactic lectures, skills practice, group discussion, reflective exercises and experiential exercises related to the following:

  • (a) The historical development of CBT (Ellis & Beck);
  • (b) Theoretical Underpinnings – Ellis;
  • (c) Theoretical Underpinnings – Beck;
  • (d) Case Formulation in CBT;
  • (e) An exploration of the CBT model;
  • (f) The therapeutic process & alliance in CBT;
  • (g) Skills Development;
  • (h) The ABC Approach of REBT;
  • (i) Understanding Emotion from a CBT Perspective;
  • (j) Identifying and challenging Irrational Beliefs;
  • (k) Differentiating between Irrational Beliefs and Inferences;
  • (l) Supporting the development of rational beliefs;
  • (m) Facilitating Psychological Understanding of CBT Concepts with Children and Adolescents;
  • (n) Facilitating Acceptance and Coping;
  • (o) Facilitating Change: Behavioural Techniques;
  • (p) Facilitating Change: Cognitive Technique;
  • (q) Homework in CBT.

A key focus of the module will involve consideration of the application of CBT theory and practice with children and adolescents, taking their developmental context into consideration.


Date Time: Location
Saturday 19/10/2024 2:00pm – 5:00pm Online
Sunday 17/11/2024 9:00am – 5:00pm Classroom
Saturday 08/02/2025 9:00am – 5:00pm Classroom
Sunday 09/02/2025 9:00am – 5:00pm Classroom
Friday 04/04/2025 6:30pm-10:00pm Online


The Certificate in CBT with Children & Adolescents is delivered using blended learning. This consists of a rotational module, where learners attend onsite classes and online classes. We do not utilise hybrid approaches, therefore onsite classes are integral to the programme.

Student Benefits & Support

We hold that it is not enough to simply teach the skills of CBT. Learners are given the space to learn, practice and be supported as they integrate CBT into their professional practice, in their particular context.

Work Based learning

Prior to commencing on the programme, learners must be working or volunteering in a setting where they are actively supporting children and/or adolescents. The programme requires that you evidence a minimum of 20 hours of practice where CBT is integrated into your professional practice, in your specific context. This must be supervised at a ratio of 1:5, so one supervision session should occur for every 5 hours of practice.


Case Study Assignment (100% of Module Grade): Learners are required to submit a comprehensive case study of a case where CBT was used as an intervention. Learners will commence the assignment with a literature review that analyses the theoretical and clinical underpinnings to the CBT approach (this can include exploration of the efficacy of CBT with the presenting issue inherent in the case). A critical evaluation of CBT interventions in complex clinical settings should be included in the review. In the case study, learners will demonstrate ability to prepare a CBT based case formulation, and will showcase their ability to engage, using CBT, with a client. The case study should demonstrate appropriate integration and application of cognitive and behavioural interventions with a child or adolescent.

Validation & Accreditation of Award

This Certificate is awarded as a Minor Award at Level 9 on the NFQ and is subject to validation by QQI.



Programme Lecturers

Lecturers on this programme include:

Protection for Enrolled Learners

This programme is covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of IICP College ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently
paid will be refunded. Current PEL arrangements consist of a 2% levy on course fees. IICP do not pass the cost of this on to learners.

CBT with Children & Adolescents

In this module, learners will engage in formal didactic lectures, skills practice, group discussion, reflective exercises and experiential exercises related to CBT with children and adolescents. This will include exploration of the theoretical and clinical underpinnings to CT and REBT, as well as consideration of case formulation. Learners will become familiar with the CBT model, the therapeutic process and alliance in CBT and will focus on developing skills to identify and challenge negative automatic thoughts and irrational beliefs. The module is designed to help learners to facilitate psychological understanding of CBT concepts with younger clients, and to facilitate change and acceptance with children and adolescents.

IICP understand that while partaking in further education is an incredibly rewarding experience it can also be a financial challenge for some students. In order to minimise the financial impact caused to students, IICP strive to keep our course fees as competitive as possible. We also provide payment plan options to facilitate learners paying the balance of their fees throughout the duration of their course.

Overall Programme Fees

  • Certificate Fee: €975.00 [Inclusive of €50 QQI Fee]
  • A deposit of €292.50 secures your place

Payment Options

(1) The balance is due on or before the first day of the course


29250On acceptance of course offer

Balance of Fees




(2) Learners can also opt to sign up to our direct debit scheme if they wish to pay in instalments. Please note, the Direct Debit Scheme incurs an administration fee of €100.00

  • Please Contact the IICP office to find out more!

Extra Costs

  • Except where stated, course fees cover tuition only. Learners on this programme must also complete 20 hours of practice work and, if not provided in their work context, learners will be required to engage an individual supervisor for this work. Supervision fees are negotiable between learners and individual supervisors.

Getting Started

Should you have any questions in relation to making your online application please contact Triona on 086-0499154.

Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Validated & Accredited Courses’, then select ‘QQI L9 Certificate in CBT w/Children & Adolescents – Autumn 2024’ option and complete the form.

Online Application Form

If you have any trouble at any stage of the application please click here to get in touch and we will be happy to help.