At BCTC, we appreciate those who volunteer their time to help others. We are offering one scholarship on each of our courses for an applicant who comes from a disadvantaged background with long-term unemployment, who has also volunteered their time to help others, who would otherwise be unable to attend a professional training program.


Belfast Cognitive Therapy Centre is the sole British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited counsellor/ therapist training programme in Northern Ireland.

We greatly admire voluntary workers and therefore wish to offer a £1500 scholarship to one volunteer, who works with a registered charity or community organisation helping others, to begin to train professionally on our Certificate in CBT.

The Certificate is an introductory 12 week course which attracts entrants who wish to train professionally one day. It also attracts those who have no formal qualifications who wish to learn about CBT as well as use the skills learnt to enhance their supportive work done in the local community.

Trainees will meet with other friendly and helpful peers and training staff who also strongly believe in the value of self-help, empathy and voluntary work.

Applicants are asked only to:

  • One off payment of examination fees of £350 – may be paid in installments
  • Attendance at three information evenings per year
  • Help the Centre with some PR
  • Interview fee of £50

If you would like to apply please complete and email the following one page application. (We regret that as we are a small organisation we can only accept this application).

Closing date for September 2019 Certificate applications: Friday 16th September 2019.

Interviews for September 2019 Certificate course: Saturday 31st August 2019.

Download a Certificate Scholarship Application Form


Due to the success of the scholarship for the voluntary sector, in 2017 we opened the scholarship to PG Dip applicants who wish to train professionally as an accredited therapist. We want to reward volunteers in local charity / voluntary organisations by contributing towards their professional training fees, giving them the opportunity to train professionally so that they can continue to help others to the best of their ability. This will be open to university graduates who graduated in psychology. Entrants need a pure psychology degree and evidence of having volunteered in a registered charity caring for others. Those eligible for the scholarship will come from a disadvantaged background and have been long-term unemployed.

The successful applicant will have made the maximum impact for helping other people. On this course you will learn the childhood influences which help make us what we are. You will also be professionally trained to understand common client difficulties such as how to assess and to understand depressionpanic, phobias,  post traumatic stress disorder and other common client difficulties.

The PG Dip scholarship is for the first year of the two year Postgraduate Diploma. If the entrant passes the first year with excellence they will be accepted into second and final year if they then work voluntarily to help BCTC for one year after their graduation.

PG/Dip applicants are asked only to:

  • Pay a one off examination fee of £550
  • Attendance at three information evenings per year
  • Help the Centre with very light PR
  • Interview fee of £75
  • Possess reasonably good typing skills – please let us know your estimated wpm (words per minute) in your application form, as you may be asked to help trainers out by doing a little typing
  • Undertake voluntary work in the office and seeing clients privately (you will be paid for seeing clients and you will also gain experience) for one year after graduating
  • Attend three information seminars per year

Closing Date for PG/Dip Scholarship Applications – Friday 2nd August 2019
Interviews – 19th – 22nd August 2019

Download a PG/Dip Scholarship Application Form

We regret that as a small organisation we are unable to take e-mail or phone enquiries but are happy to accept the application (see application download at the bottom of the page).  If you wish to find out more information you can attend one of our Training Information Evenings at the centre.

Scholarship Testimonials


‘I have volunteered for 30 years. In the last 15 years I have been the leader of a Parent/Toddler group, facilitating various family events and parent courses in the community and the church. I love being with people and have supported them by listening and ‘talking’.

Recently I had the privilege of completing the CBT Certificate Training. I gained a scholarship to be able to do this and am so grateful to the Centre for giving community volunteers this opportunity.

All the trainers created a warm, friendly, totally supportive environment which made us all feel equally valued and gave me, in particular, the confidence to complete the course.The course has transformed the way I think; I’m more aware of why people say the things they say and why they behave the way they do and I’m more patient and understanding.This has impacted me personally, and my relationships with the people I meet in my role as a family support worker.’


‘If I am to be honest in my opinion this CBT Course gave more than I was expecting. The teachers delivered the content in a sensitive and professional manner. The lessons were unique and I learnt new skills and developed new ones as well, which I am now using in my work place.

Honestly  what I liked the most was that everyone could participate without feeling under pressure to participate in group discussion. Listening was encouraged.

BCTC  Thank you so much.’