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The PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and self-awareness to develop competent and ethically-sound psychotherapists who adopt an evidenced-based approach. Read more
The PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and self-awareness to develop competent and ethically-sound psychotherapists who adopt an evidenced-based approach.

This course is aimed at those who are interested in working towards becoming a psychotherapist with Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy as the core theoretical orientation. It is part of a group of psychotherapy and counselling courses which have an established national reputation for excellence.

The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at the University is the most comprehensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in South Wales. The curriculum is based on the Core Curriculum Reference document (2010) for training in CBT published by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and The Map of CBT Competences (Roth and Pilling, 2007).

On this course we emphasise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in psychotherapy. The use of core counselling skills interwoven with the delivery of specific strategies and techniques we view as critical to the effective delivery of CBT.

The profile of CBT in the UK has grown significantly over the last 10 years. It has the strongest evidence base of all the psychotherapeutic approaches and in the current guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (often referred to as the NICE guidelines) it is the treatment of choice for many presenting psychological problems CBT is also used with children and young people with psychological and behavioural difficulties although this course is focussed on work with adults.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1679-pg-diploma-cognitive-behavioural-psychotherapy

What you will study

Year One:
- Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy: This module provides a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinning of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) and a working knowledge of the principles and basic competences for effective practice building on the generic competences used in psychotherapeutic work.

- Problem specific Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (1): This module builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the first module Fundamentals of CBP and provides an introduction to the assessment, conceptualisation and treatment of the most common presentations of depression and anxiety.

- Portfolio of Evidence Based Practice (1): This module has two key components: an understanding of research methodologies and principles, and the development of knowledge and competence to work in professional practice.

Year Two:
- Problem specific Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (2): This module builds on Module 1 and 2 and continues to develop the knowledge and skills to work with anxiety disorders. It also addresses the difficulties that can arise with engaging clients in treatment and that impede progress.

- Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy with Complex Problems: This module extends the knowledge and skills base developed in modules 1, 2 and 3 to critically examine CBP approaches to working with more complex presentations of mental health problems and to treat such difficulties by adapting and enhancing problem specific strategies to achieve best outcomes.

- Portfolio of Evidence Based Practice (2): This module builds on the previous practice module in year 1 (Portfolio of Evidence-based Practice 1) and develops further students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to research and in relation to professional practice.

The Postgraduate Diploma in CBP is part of a three year MSc Programme. After successful completion of the Diploma stage which is two years you can choose whether to proceed to the final Masters year.

Learning and teaching methods

Classes include interactive lectures with group discussion, skills workshops, video recording, role play, case discussion seminars, self awareness and self-practice, specialist workshops with outside expert speakers, seminars, research skills exercises.

Attendance:
This course takes 2 years part-time to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

You will have classes one day a week during term time. The PG Diploma stage is taught on a Wednesday in Year 1 and on a Thursday in Year 2. Students must also allow time for work in their practice placement, which is likely to be approximately 3-4 hours per week.

There are a few additional teaching days each year outside of these attendance days. In Year 1 for 2014/15, these days are currently planned in addition to the Wednesday teaching and will be confirmed by the end June 2014:

- Thursday and Friday, 25th – 26th September 2014 (a comprehensive introduction to the course and for working in a placement)
- Thursday 28th January 2015
- Thursday 26th February 2015
- Tuesday 19th May 2015

We expect that all our students attend all teaching sessions, and there is a minimum requirement of 80% attendance in order to complete the course successfully.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

While more practice experience will be required to build the hours to achieve BACP accreditation, having successfully completed the formal training hours and assignments, graduates of the course will be ready to look for work in the field of counselling and psychotherapy with CBT as their core approach.

Former students from the course have found positions in many settings within the NHS, Higher or Further Education and in the voluntary sector. It is also possible to undertake further specialised training in order to work with children and young people, or to apply for a research PhD.

Assessment methods

A range of assessments are used at the PG Diploma stage of this course to test your knowledge, skills, self awareness and practice ability. These include essays, case studies, practice portfolios, critiques of research studies, online tests and exams. Practical assessments include in-class skills assessments, recordings of your client work and reports from your practice supervisor. You need to complete 200 hours of supervised practice

Work and Study Placements

You need to complete 200 hours of CBT practice in a suitable placement during the 2 years. Following on from the programme you will need to complete further practice hours to meet the requirements to become a BACP accredited practitioner.

You will need to find your own placement although the staff team will be able to help with this. Any placement needs to be with adults, support the use of CBT and be willing for you to record your therapy sessions. You will be given more information on this at interview. Some placements may be available in the Newport Community Counselling Service, the counselling research clinic at the University of South Wales.

- Supervision
As a counsellor/psychotherapist you need to meet regularly with a practice supervisor.This may be at an additional cost. If your placement does not provide appropriate CBT supervision. You will be given more information on this at interview

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The University of South Wales has many years experience in teaching cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and the course is the most comprehensive CBT training available in South Wales. Read more
The University of South Wales has many years experience in teaching cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and the course is the most comprehensive CBT training available in South Wales. The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma is for you if you are a mental health professional looking for additional specialist training, or if you want to train as a counsellor/psychotherapist and have already completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, or equivalent.

The MSc is a three year course, made up of two years training on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy which covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of learning to be a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, plus one year completing the Masters research and dissertation stage.

On the Masters stage you will learn about research methods for studying cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and will undertake a research project of your choice and write it up in the form of a dissertation.

On completion of the USW Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy you may choose to exit the programme with your Diploma, or you can carry on to complete the MSc. If you already have a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy you can apply to join the Masters research and dissertation stage directly.

Further information on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course is available here.

The University of South Wales has an established national reputation for excellence for its delivery of a range of counselling and psychotherapy courses.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1262-msc-cognitive-behavioural-psychotherapy

What you will study

After successful completion of the PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy stage, students can proceed to the final Masters stage.

- Masters (research and dissertation): At the Masters stage you will learn about the different research methods which help develop knowledge about counselling and psychotherapy. You will then put this into action in your own choice of research project, on a topic relevant to CBT, and will wrire a 20,000 word dissertation on this. You will be allocated a personal supervisor to provide expert guidance, advice and support.

Learning and teaching methods

The Masters research and dissertation stage consists of six days teaching plus nine hours of project supervision.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Once you’ve completed the Masters, you will have demonstrated that you have an in-depth knowledge of CBT, including specialist knowledge gained by your own research findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation and employability as a therapist in the statutory, commercial and third sector. There may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, either at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.

Assessment methods

Research proposal, presentation, dissertation (20,000 words)

Facilities

We offer a suite of five spacious, dedicated rooms used by the counselling / psychotherapy courses, and a digital recording system for use in class.

Personal Therapy

There is no formal requirement for a placement during the Masters research and dssertation stage of the PSc, but students would usually be in practice as a CBT therapist.

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This course is accredited at Level 2 by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), so you can be confident that you will be trained to the highest standards. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course is accredited at Level 2 by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), so you can be confident that you will be trained to the highest standards.

• If you are a caring professional who would like to develop expertise in evidence based psychotherapy, this course is for you.

• You will be encouraged to become a reflective practitioner and increase your awareness and theoretical understanding of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy.

• We’ll encourage you to adopt an informed and critical approach to the professionalisation of psychotherapy, with a particular focus on ethical issues.

• We've got a highly committed, qualified and experienced lecturing team.

• There are opportunities for interprofessional learning.

About the course:

This programme focuses on your personal and professional development by:

• Increasing your theoretical understanding
• Enhancing your clinical and professional skills
• Increasing your awareness to become a 'reflective practitioner' operating from a scientific evidence base
• Deepening personal insight.

It will help you to:

• Develop your understanding of the theoretical, social, cultural, and ideological contexts in
which your clients perceive, confront, and manage problems and you will consider the major trends and orientations within cognitive behavioural psychotherapy.

• Engage in an in-depth consideration and analysis of the major trends and orientations within Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP)

• Adopt an informed and critical approach to the professionalisation of psychotherapy with particular reference to ethical issues

• Identify and use appropriate sources of supervision within CBP practice

• Develop your skills in the delivery of CBP

• Undertake a piece of research or project related to the theory and practice of CBP.

The teaching and learning strategy is mainly problem based learning but will vary depending on the nature of the subject.

This course is occupationally focused and helps you to become a highly skilled cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with exceptional communication and networking skills. At the same time,the programme informs and directs your practice through critical reflection and the interpretation of research findings.

• This course is accredited at Level 2 by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), so you can be confident that you will be trained as an autonomous cognitive behavioural psychotherapist to the highest standards.

• The Children and Young People pathway is the only fully accredited Level 2 specialist children and young people course in England.

• Our aim is to help you become a skilled independent cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. If you are a caring professional who would like to develop expertise in evidence based psychotherapy, this course is for you.

• You will be encouraged to become a reflective practitioner and increase your awareness and theoretical understanding of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy.

• You will consider the theoretical, social, cultural, and ideological contexts in which your clients perceive, confront, and manage problems and you will consider the major trends and orientations within cognitive behavioural psychotherapy.

• We’ll encourage you to adopt an informed and critical approach to the professionalisation of psychotherapy, with a particular focus on ethical issues.
• We've got a highly committed, qualified and experienced lecturing team.

• We can provide you with a list of current placements, however finding a placement is the responsibility of the student.

• There are opportunities for interprofessional learning.

• Most people study this course part time to fit it around their other commitments, but if you’d prefer to study full time, we can organise this for you under special circumstances.

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This part time postgraduate programme in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy enables mental health professionals/practitioners develop specialist skills and competencies in CBP to provide effective psychological interventions for variety of clinical disorders. Read more
This part time postgraduate programme in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy enables mental health professionals/practitioners develop specialist skills and competencies in CBP to provide effective psychological interventions for variety of clinical disorders.

The course was established in 1995 and alumni includes a wide range of professionals who have developed their knowledge and skills in CBT. In 2008 the programme was granted Level 1 and 2 accreditation by the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP).

The programme will enable participants to teach basic CBP skills, supervise other practitioners, critically appraise research in CBP and conduct basic audit and clinical research.

Successful completion at the Cert and Dip levels of the programme allows participants to apply for personal accreditation by the lead organisation for CBT in the UK, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Modules

◦Fundamental Principles and basis therapeutic competencies (cert yr)
◦Core Treatment Strategies (cert Yr)
◦CBP and specific disorders (dip year)
◦Critical Appraisal and Meaning from Data (dip year)

Content

The main focus of this programme is on common mental disorders in adults such as depression, anxiety,eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder but also considers CBP in more complex areas such as chronic depression.

Flexibility for career and study

The programme allows students to combine work and study : participants attend teaching in Dundee one day a week from September to May whilst remaining in practice a vital component in allowing them to develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained on the programme.

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, clinical demonstrations and peer-learning through group discussion as well as the completion of case studies within the students’ own workplace.

A distinct benefit for students is the teaching of skills through structured role-playing exercises to develop clinical /counselling skills. In addition all students undertake supervised clinical practice with a range of different disorders.

Teaching Faculty

The programme is a collaborative venture between the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside. All staff teaching on the programme are experienced practicing CBP practitioners.The programme also draws on specialist clinical contributors from elsewhere in Scotland.

Dundee University has a broad portfolio of research activities in clinical and neurobiological research in the affective disorders, including the effectiveness of CBP with affective disorders and generalised anxiety disorders.

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You will gain an insight into how to use CBT creatively and collaboratively with clients and how to assess, formulate, provide interventions and evaluate your work with clients. Read more
You will gain an insight into how to use CBT creatively and collaboratively with clients and how to assess, formulate, provide interventions and evaluate your work with clients. This course focuses on interventions with clients who have anxiety and depression right through to people with addictions, personality disorder and schizophrenia as well as other complex needs. There are opportunities to study new developments in CBT, family interventions and how CBT is used with people who have physical health issues.

Key benefits:

• Route to become and accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has a crucial role to play in health and social care provision today
• Delivered by a highly qualified team of psychotherapy and counseling staff from a variety of professional backgrounds

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/cognitive-behavioural-psychotherapy

[[Suitable for: ]]

A wide range of people including cognitive behavioural psychotherapists, and anyone who would like to enhance their existing knowledge and skills in CBP

Programme details:

This course runs part-time for half a day per week over three years, or full-time for two half days per week. Depending on your level of experience and professional interests you can choose to study a variety of modules.

Format

Learning is delivered via blended learning methods including seminars and master classes, critical analysis of case studies, relevant literature and research and reflection on practical applications. Use of video/audio, role play and skills assessment are essential to this course in years one and two to ensure competency of the student in practising CBT. The use of Blackboard as a learning resource is also an important element in all of the modules on the course. It is anticipated that a generous part of this work will be focused on enhancing self-awareness and using CBT tools and techniques on the self using self-help texts and interactive activities. It is anticipated that if the students can use some CBT tools on themselves that this increases self-awareness of their own interpersonal issues and also assists in practicing methods on themselves prior to using these with clients.

Modules

Core:

• Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (30 credits)
• Frontiers of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (30 credits)
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety Disorders and Addictive Behaviour (30 credits)

One module from:

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Complex Cases (30 credits)
• Family Interventions (30 credits)
• Psychosocial Interventions (30 credits)
• Mindfulness based approaches with CBT (30 credits)
• CBT for children and young people (30 credits)
• Clinical supervision (30 cred

Assessment

• Tutor and peer practical in-class assessment
• Case studies
• Reflective assignments and portfolios of learning

Career potential:

On completion of this course you will be able to work with clients with many different needs in a variety of settings, including prisons, voluntary agencies, education settings and religious communities.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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The part-time course in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is designed for practitioners working with individuals with acute or longer-term psychological health problems; it is also suited to practitioners working in healthcare settings that attend to the psychosocial aspects of healthcare. Read more
The part-time course in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is designed for practitioners working with individuals with acute or longer-term psychological health problems; it is also suited to practitioners working in healthcare settings that attend to the psychosocial aspects of healthcare.

Students will gain the knowledge necessary to assess, conceptualise and provide initial interventions for clients with mild to moderate depression and anxiety, along with the clinical skills essential to assess and engage clients within a therapeutic process. They will learn how to use CBT models in a range of situations and cases.

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Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health disorders experienced by all ages. Psychological recovery is greatly enhanced when the individual receives the correct treatment. Read more
Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health disorders experienced by all ages. Psychological recovery is greatly enhanced when the individual receives the correct treatment. Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy (CBP) is currently the key recommended psychological treatment for these conditions. It is essential that practitioners are prepared with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver CBP competently. This course is written to the requirements of the lead organisation in the UK which sets the competency standards for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. The teaching at the University and with Clinical colleagues in placement areas is of the highest standard. This course will fundamentally alter the way clinicians work in practice.‌

On successful completion of this programme you will eligible to apply to become an accredited practitioner with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

Students will actively participate in developing and extending their knowledge and skills in CBP. The client centred approach is used to empower the individual by creating effective cognitive and behavioural strategies to improve their skills in managing their mental health and enhance their quality of life.

Students must be working in a clinical area where Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic approaches are employed. Students must be supervised by an experienced BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Therapist while on placement in their own clinical area. This must be arranged by the student prior to the commencement of the programme.

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This course is for people already working in a healthcare setting (in areas including psychiatry, clinical and forensic psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, general medical practitioners) who are interested in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in clinical settings. Read more
This course is for people already working in a healthcare setting (in areas including psychiatry, clinical and forensic psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, general medical practitioners) who are interested in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in clinical settings. It will provide sufficient theoretical and skills training and can develop your career as a therapist and the service you provide.

CBT is the model of psychotherapy most tested by research trials for a range of mental and even physical disorders, ranging from depression, anxiety and phobias to eating disorders, schizophrenia and chronic pain. Healthcare professionals are increasingly required to demonstrate a flexible, multidisciplinary approach to make the best use of skills and resources. The NHS actively promotes provision of evidence-based management. CBT is the evidence-based psychotherapy par excellence. It can be effective as a stand-alone treatment and can also be used in conjunction with other medical or psychological treatments. The model is versatile and creative and its techniques can be used selectively in general medical, psychological and nursing practice, as well as informing whole courses of integrated treatment.

This course will help you refine your CBT skills, empower you to use the model in a range of clinical situations, and focus on the development of a respectful and pro-active relationship with patients. The therapeutic alliance is central to the delivery of CBT and the course will teach you to forge a positive collaborative relationship with patients as a means of improving and maintaining the patient’s mental health. The course is delivered by staff of NHS Lothian and Greater Glasgow.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The teaching and learning methods used will encourage participative and independent learning and you will arrange to see patients one day per week. Assessment methods will include essays, audio recordings of therapy sessions, case studies and supervisor assessments. Class sizes are usually around 30 for the PgCert and 15 for the PgDip.

Teaching hours and attendance

You will attend lectures one day per fortnight during the course and in the weeks between lectures will see patients and receive supervision. You will be required to carry out a significant amount of independent work each week (see NHS website for more details).
The course is delivered at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh and Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow

Links with industry/professional bodies

On completion, you can apply to be accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) in due course.

Modules

15 credits: CBT for Anxiety and Depression/ Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/ Research Skills in CBT/ Advanced CBT for Anxiety Disorders/ Introduction to Complex Adaptation of CBT

30 credits: Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation of a research project within a chosen specialist area of CBT. The components of the dissertation will include: a research proposal; a literature review; and a paper for publication.

Careers

There is a growing demand for therapists specifically trained in this field. This course will enable you to develop your career and the service you provide.

Quick Facts

Learn the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – the best evidenced psychotherapy in mental health.

Core CBT competencies are developed through multiple methods, including lectures, workshops, role play, academic evaluation and close clinical supervision.

As trainee therapists, students benefit from the vast experience of expert CBT practitioners from throughout the UK delivering on our specialist PG teaching course

For start date, see NHS website.

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This course is for professionals working in mental health, such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers, and is designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). Read more
This course is for professionals working in mental health, such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers, and is designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

It aims to provide high quality postgraduate training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT), and is accredited by the BABCP at Level 1. You will have to meet some further criteria, in addition to the course, for full practitioner accreditation.

The syllabus is based on the Roth & Pilling competency framework for CBT with anxiety disorders and depression, and the course focuses on CBT with adults, although we also welcome practitioners working with children and older adults.

You must be able to practise CBT in your work and have ongoing supervision from a supervisor or manager in your workplace. You will also need five hours’ supervision from a BABCP accredited practitioner.

Distinctive features

Distinctive features of the course include:

Accredited by British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
Designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with BABCP
Currently the only CBT training programme in Wales accredited by the BABCP.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills is a 60 credit programme across two semesters. Completing this programme (or an equivalent) prepares students for application to either the MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy courses. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills is a 60 credit programme across two semesters. Completing this programme (or an equivalent) prepares students for application to either the MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy courses.

The modules focus on the development of counselling skills and self-awareness (both underpinned by theory) which will form the foundation on which students progressing onto either of these Masters courses build their professional counselling and psychotherapy training.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1284-postgraduate-certificate-counselling-skills

What you will study

This programme is delivered in one core module (20 credits-level 7) followed by either two elective CBT modules (both 20 credits-level 7) or one elective Integrative module (40 credits-level 7).

Core Module
- Foundation Counselling Skills and Awareness (Level 6) – The first module builds a critical understanding of counselling theory alongside the development of foundation skills in counselling and a focus on building appropriate self-awareness.

Students then choose whether they want to follow an integrative pathway or a CBT pathway to complete their studies.

Optional modules
- Counselling Skills and Awareness in Practice – for the Integrative pathway (Level 7) – This module develops a more comprehensive range of advanced counselling skills and a systematic understanding of practice contexts. The critical awareness of personal insights are understood in the context of counselling theory. Once more students integrate their developing counselling skills, self-awareness and insights and theory.

- Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Theory/Professional Practice – for the CBT pathway (Level 7) – These two modules prepares students for entering professional practice as a trainee cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. They build on the counselling skills developed in the module Foundation Counselling Skills and Awareness by providing an introduction to the skills and theory of cognitive behavioural approaches to facilitating change, acknowledging the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a platform for interventions. Students also develop develop knowledge of professional practice issues required to practice in the field of counselling and mental health.

Learning and teaching methods

Students learn through experiential exercises, skills practice, personal development work and through formal teaching.

Assessment methods

Skills assessment, written assessment, portfolio and journal keeping, and on-line assessment (CBT only).

Attendance

The course runs for 24 weeks September to April (depending on Easter). Our teaching day is Tuesday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. There are two workshops (Integrative elective module only) in January which end at 5.30pm and a Placement Event for all students at the end of January from 5pm to 7pm.

We expect all our students to attend all teaching sessions and there is a minimum attendance requirement of 80% in order to complete this course successfully

Employment Prospects

Students who successfully complete this programme will obtain 60 credits and receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills. If you wish, you may then choose to apply for either the new MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy or the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy courses, subject to a successful interview.

Please note that in normal circumstances, you will need a first degree to apply to the Masters Programmes. (Progression onto the Diploma without a first degree will be at the discretion of the university taking into account your performance on the Postgraduate Certificate).

Students who have completed earlier courses have gone on to train as counsellors, to teach or continue in their careers recognising their enhanced skills and the development they have achieved.

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This counselling course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and self-awareness to help you develop and train to become a competent and ethically-sound counsellor. Read more
This counselling course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and self-awareness to help you develop and train to become a competent and ethically-sound counsellor.

The PG Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed to serve as professional qualification for students seeking a career as a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working in the statutory and voluntary sectors, in business or private practice. The course is part of a group of counselling courses delivered at the University of South Wales, which have an established national reputation for excellence.

The core integrative model taught is based on the relational approach comprising of three main elements: the Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Approach, a Humanisitic-Existential approach and third wave elements of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy within a post modern/social constructionist overarching framework. The course facilitates students in developing a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of integrative counselling practice, with a view to them developing their own coherent, ethical and effective approach to counselling practice, which can be adapted for use in a wide range of work settings for short term and long term work. You will also be taken on a journey of self-discovery as the programme demands a high level of reflection and self-awareness.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1756-pg-diploma-integrative-counselling-and-psychotherapy

What you will study

The Postgraduate Diploma focuses on training as an integrative counselling and psychotherapy practitioner. On successful completion, you will be ready to work as a trained Integrative therapist.

Year One:
- Integrative Counselling Skills and Practice: Introduces the core model of the course and provides foundation theory & skills in humanistic/existential and relational psychodynamic counselling practice.

- Applied Integrative Practice: Introduces the foundations theory and skills of Cognitive Behavioural counselling and Mindfulness. Students learn to integrate these approaches in applied practice with client issues.

- Personal Development & Counselling Practice: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal development group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework.

Year Two:
- Advanced Integrative Theory & Skills Practice: This module aims to further develop students understanding of core integrative theory taught in the course and how theoretical ideas can be applied to practice. Advanced research practices are introduced with a view to students being able to use research to inform their practice.

- Advanced Applied Practice: The emphasis of this module is on applied practice: showing students how the core integrative model taught can be used to work ethically with the range of client issues typically found in professional counselling practice. Research development is consolidated through students conducting a small-scale piece of research.

- Advanced Personal Development & Counselling Practice: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal development group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework.

The Postgraduate Diploma is part of a three year MA Programme. After successful completion of the Diploma stage, which is two years, you can choose whether to proceed to the final Masters year.

Learning and teaching methods

Classes include interactive theoretical lectures, experiential workshops, personal development groups, role plays, skills groups, digital recording of skills sessions for assessment and presentations. In addition, you will need to be in placement seeing ‘real’ clients for the duration of the course and will have to have completed a minimum of 100 hours counselling practice by the end of the two years.

Attendance:
This course takes 2 years part-time to complete.

The PG Diploma is taught over 30 days each academic year. For the 2014/15 academic year the main teaching day will be on a Wednesday. Year one of the programme starts with a two-day block (Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th September) and finishes with a two-day block (Wednesday & Thursday) at the end of May. In addition, students will be required to attend a weekend workshop each academic year (in year one, this is residential) and two one-day summer workshops. We expect that students attend all teaching sessions, and there is a minimum requirement of 80% attendance in order to complete the course successfully.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

While more practice experience will be required to build the hours to achieve personal BACP accreditation, having successfully completed the formal training hours and assignments, graduates of the course will be ready to look for work in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Former students from the course have enhanced their career profile within their current employment or found new positions in the voluntary sector, in health settings, in Higher or Further Education, in Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs), in business and in private practice. It is also possible to undertake further specialised training in order to work with children and young people, or to apply for a research PhD.

Assessment methods

A range of assessments are used at the PG Diploma stage of this course to test your knowledge, skills, self awareness and practice ability.

Year One: Two essays, Two skills assessments, practice portfolio, research presentation, personal development review and a supervisor’s report

Year Two: A skills assessment, a case study with client audio, an in-class research project and a research portfolio, a personal development review and a supervisor’s report.

Facilities

We offer a suite of five spacious, dedicated rooms used by the counselling / psychotherapy courses, and a digital recording system for use in class.

Personal Therapy

Students on the Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy are encouraged to have therapy to help with their personal and professional development as a counsellor. A course requirement is that students have a minimum of 10 hours personal therapy for each of the two academic years.

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Our stimulating PGDip Psychological Intervention (CBT) programme provides comprehensive teaching in cognitive behavioural therapy through a rich range of learning experiences, providing opportunities to integrate theory with practice in cognitive behavioural models. Read more
Our stimulating PGDip Psychological Intervention (CBT) programme provides comprehensive teaching in cognitive behavioural therapy through a rich range of learning experiences, providing opportunities to integrate theory with practice in cognitive behavioural models.

This ensures that graduates can provide a high quality talking therapy to service users.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our PGDip Psychological Intervention programme is a well-established course offering high-quality training to individuals working within psychological therapy services.

The programme addresses real-world challenges with teaching on relevant service issues, clinical presentations and input from service users themselves.

Master-classes from leaders in the field of cognitive behavioural therapy form a key component of the training curriculum, and are complemented with lectures, workshops, video role-plays, debates, trainee presentations, experiential and self-reflective sessions.

After completion of the programme, students will be qualified to deliver high-quality and NICE-compliant cognitive behavioural therapy to adults with common mental health problems, including depression and anxiety disorders.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year.

The trainees will spend two days a week at the University, the remaining three days a week occur at their place of work where they undertake supervised clinical practice. Six block weeks will be provided across the year, at the start of each module.

On successful completion of the programme trainees may apply for BABCP accreditation as a practitioner.
-Fundamentals of CBT 1: Theory and Research
-Fundamentals of CBT 2: Practice
-CBT for Anxiety Disorders and Depression
-Experiential, Professional and Reflective Practice in CBT 1
-CBT for Anxiety Disorders and Depression 2
-Advanced Theory and Practice in CBT 1: Further Applications and Complexity
-CBT for Anxiety Disorders and Depression 3
-Experiential, Professional and Reflective Practice in CBT 2

TEACHING APPROACHES

The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters with attendance at the University of Surrey required on Thursday and Friday.

There are also five week-long blocks of intensive workshops during the year. In addition to regular lectures, skills-based competencies will be developed through an innovative range of learning methods including experiential workshops, debates, presentations and video role-plays.

Weekly clinical group supervision for training cases will also be provided by members of the course team. Trainees will be expected to undertake self-directed study and will have access to the University Library and online resources.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

-Enable trainees to achieve the indicative content as laid down by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) National Curriculum for high intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy course, in conjunction with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy requirements for Level 2 course accreditation
-Ensure that trainees are prepared to practise safely and effectively, and in such a way that the protection of the public is assured, adhering to BABCP code of conduct
-Enable the trainees to utilise, integrate and evaluate the evidence base available for the delivery of CBT
-Enable trainees’ achievement of knowledge, understanding and skill acquisition as well as the development of critical thinking, problem solving and reflective capacities essential to complex professional practice
-Enable trainees to select the relevant psychological theory and research that will be appropriate to the service contexts in which it is delivered
-Trainees to be committed to the maintenance, development and delivery of high intensity clinical practice
-Trainees to be committed to consultation/collaboration with service users and carers
-Trainees to be able to function effectively, professionally and responsibly within Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy services
-Trainees to be aware of, responsive to, and able to represent the changing needs of the Profession
-Trainees to be sensitive and responsive to difference and diversity in clients
-Trainees to be able to understand, and effectively communicate, with clients
-Trainees to be able to integrate a scientist practitioner/reflective practitioner approach in their work
-Trainees to be aware of the need to foster their own personal and professional development and to look after their own emotional and physical well-being

At the end of the course trainees will be able to:
-Construct maintenance and developmental CBT conceptualisations for depression and anxiety disorders
-Develop CBT specific treatment plans
-Practise CBT with depression and anxiety disorders systematically, creatively and with good clinical outcome
-Deal with complex issues arising in CBT practice
-Take personal responsibility for clinical decision-making in straightforward as well as more complex situations
-Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving therapeutic problems
-Practise as “scientist practitioners,” advancing their knowledge and understanding and developing new skills to a high level
-Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the principles of CBT and the evidence base for the application of CBT techniques
-Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of CBT for depression and anxiety disorders
-Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and research evidence for cognitive behaviour models, and an ability to evaluate the evidence
-Demonstrate an ability to sensitively adapt CBT, and ensure equitable access, taking into account cultural and social differences and values

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding
-Knowledge and understanding of adult clients with mental health problems
-Knowledge of professional and ethical guidelines
-Knowledge and understanding of the cognitive behaviour therapy, its basic principles, and the rationale for treatment
-Knowledge and understanding of the common cognitive biases relevant to cbt
-Knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical and research evidence of cbt models and ability to evaluate evidence
-Knowledge of cbt for depression and anxiety disorders
-Understanding of the need to adapt cbt to ensure access to diverse cultures and values.

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Demonstrate an ability to study independently and proactively to meet the needs of the clients in clinical practice and academic study
-Understand and evaluate clinical application of research evidence within a diagnostic and research context
-Draw upon a number of sources to develop an understanding of complex mental health problems and create comprehensive treatment plans

Professional practical skills
-Engage with clients and form and maintain therapeutic alliances
-Provide clear and comprehensive assessment of clients with mental health difficulties and identify suitability for cbt interventions
-Appraise and assess risk to the client and to others
-Make good use of supervision
-Deliver comprehensive conceptualisations of the client’s mental health difficulties within the cbt framework
-Develop and deliver specific treatment plans
-Deliver cbt with anxiety disorders and depression systematically and with good clinical outcome
-Deal with complex issues arising in cbt practice
-End therapy in planned manner and deliver long term maintenance plans

Key / transferable skills
-Communicate effectively with a wide range of service users, their carers, and service providers using a variety of means
-Make good and constructive use of supervision
-Apply a wide range of problem solving skills
-Deal with change effectively in a clinical context
-Develop a range of organisational skills (time management, work load prioritisation)
-Make good and effective use of available resources to manage personal stress
-Develop appropriate skills to evaluate academic, professional and clinical performance

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

The course is BABCP accredited and part of the Department of Health ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ programme (IAPT), which aims to improve access to evidence-based talking therapies in the NHS and any other qualified healthcare providers (AQP) through an expansion of the psychological therapy workforce and services.

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During this course you will undertake an in-depth study of the person-centred and cognitive behavioural approach to counselling. You will gain an overview of therapeutic models and current developments in theory and practice. Read more
During this course you will undertake an in-depth study of the person-centred and cognitive behavioural approach to counselling. You will gain an overview of therapeutic models and current developments in theory and practice. There will also be an opportunity for you to take part in intensive skills development and supervision of practice, alongside widespread opportunities for personal development. This course provides a balance between academic work, skills development, professional practice, and individual personal development and self-awareness.

Key benefits:

• Receive a qualification from a course that is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
• Follow a programme that includes counselling skills, counselling theory, development of research skills and personal development
• Opportunity to practise as a counsellor on placement

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/counselling-and-psychotherapy-studies-professional-training

Suitable for

Professionals with undergraduate degrees who have successfully completed a year-long academic counselling programme (minimum of 90 training hours) and now wish to become a professional counsellor. Once qualified, you can work with adults and young people (over 12 years of age) in private practice, and the public and voluntary sectors.

Course detail

Students who successfully complete all aspects of the professional training and do not wish to progress onto the full MSc can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Those who complete the dissertation module will receive a full Masters qualification.

Format

This course is delivered on a part-time basis through a variety of:

• Lectures
• Skills work
• Personal development activities

Module titles

• Introduction to Person-Centred Theory and Practice (30 credits)
• Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (30 credits)
• Mental Health for Counsellors (30 credits)
• Research Methods in Counselling and Psychotherapy (30 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is by:

• Skills work 40%
• Personal development activities 40%
• Assignment 20%

Career potential

Over the last few years there has been a gradual increase in the number of advertised counselling posts in the NHS, social services, education, the prison service and both commercial and voluntary organisations. There are opportunities for part-time and private work and widespread opportunities for you to study further at postgraduate level.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This diploma programme provides training in both cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and Counselling for Depression (CfD). Students on this programme will have placements in NHS funded Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Services. Read more
This diploma programme provides training in both cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and Counselling for Depression (CfD). Students on this programme will have placements in NHS funded Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Services.

Degree information

The programme will provide:

-Training in the principles and practice of CfD to meet the competence requirements for practice in CfD as accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
-Training in the principles and practice of CBT to meet foundation level competence for practice in CBT, which with further supervision could lead to accreditation as a CBT therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules.

Core modules
-Counselling for Depression
-Fundamentals of CBT
-CBT for Anxiety - Basic
-CBT for Depression
-CBT for Anxiety - Advanced
-Clinical Portfolio

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, skills practice, clinical supervision groups, directed reading and e-learning. In addition to time at UCL, students spend at least a further two days a week in an IAPT service seeing people with common mental health problems in CfD and CBT under supervision. Assessment is through coursework, case reports, audio and video recordings of students’ clinical practice and the presentation of a clinical portfolio.

Careers

This programme will broaden the career options of participants by providing accredited training in Counselling for Depression (through BACP), and a thorough grounding in CBT for treatment of anxiety disorders and depression which with additional supervised CBT practice would enable participants to obtain accreditation as a CBT therapist (through BABCP).

Employability
Completing this Postgraduate Diploma equips people to work as counsellors/therapists in NHS funded IAPT services providing both CfD and CBT as well as in other employment contexts.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is among the principal research and training centres in the UK for mental health and psychological therapies. The Counselling for Depression module is taught by staff from the Metanoia Institute, one of the largest dedicated psychotherapy and counselling training centres in the UK, which developed the CfD national curriculum in collaboration with British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). UCL has close links with all IAPT services in London and many IAPT services outside London, with frequent liaison around provision and delivery of clinical placements and supervision, which is so central to training in counselling and psychological therapies.

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Gain the specialist training to boost your health-related skills and professional development. You will further your understanding and practice of contemporary theories in psychological therapies along with analysing key issues and debates in counselling and psychotherapy. Read more
Gain the specialist training to boost your health-related skills and professional development. You will further your understanding and practice of contemporary theories in psychological therapies along with analysing key issues and debates in counselling and psychotherapy. You will explore cognitive behavioural therapy approaches to therapeutic practice, as well as social psychological theory and research of group therapy.

As well as improving your professional growth, your course will allow you to specialise in your chosen area of interest. Some of the diverse modules may have an experiential component, others may require purely academic study, and some may be useful for psychologists undertaking an independent route to the British Psychological Society's Counselling Psychology Chartership.

Whatever your motivation, your course will enhance your progression in psychological therapies as you work towards an MA at your own pace.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/psychologicaltherapies_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Further training and development in this area is increasingly valued by employers. Our course can count towards on-going professional development in related fields such as nursing, social work or life coaching. As a counsellor or psychotherapist you can fulfil the professional development requirements of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy in order to maintain accreditation.

- Psychologist
- Mental Health Worker
- Counsellor

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

The modular design of our course allows you to build on previous learning and experience. Plus, you'll have the unique opportunity to investigate areas outside of your normal area of work, and study the topics that most people are unable to follow at diploma level.

Our dissertation module allows you to undertake an in-depth study of an area of particular interest whilst contributing to the wider profession.

Core Modules

Practical Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Gain a critical understanding of the foundations of cognitive and cognitive behavioural approaches, as well as a reflexive understanding of a range of the theories and skills in practice.

Foundations of the Theory and Practice of Coaching
You will be introduced to coaching as an approach to working with people, and will develop a critical understanding of coaching theory and how coaching tools and techniques can be used in your area.

Existential, Humanistic and Psychodynamic Theories of Therapy
Explore the philosophical, cultural, and historical development of existential, humanistic, transpersonal, and psychodynamic theories of therapy.

Issues and Debates in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Increase your knowledge of and critically evaluate a range of contemporary issues from a therapeutic context.

Understanding and Evaluating the Evidence, or
Your opportunity to explore different types of information about health and social care and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

Understanding Social Research and Evaluation
Gain a theoretical, methodological and practical foundation for social research, allowing you to act as a social researcher to resolve practice-based problems.

Research in Practice
Produce a substantial research project on a self-selected topic of interest to demonstrate your developmental learning in breadth and depth.

Option Modules

Work-based study
Develop specialist knowledge on a topic negotiated with your tutor which is directly relevant to service needs within your area of practice.

Spirituality and Religion in Psychological Therapies
Explore the psychological nature of religion and spirituality, psychological research, cults and sects, and the psychological foundations of religion, with particular reference to Freud, Jung and the Transpersonal theorists.

Supervision in Practice
A chance to underpin reflective and informed practice of psychological therapies and allied professions, and support best practice in a way that is beneficial to practitioners and service users/ patients.

Group Therapies and Group Work
Critically evaluate theoretical approaches to group work, and increase your self awareness and beliefs about group experience with an opportunity to lead a group session.

Spiritual Care
Drawing upon the major religions, you'll look at understandings of care and responsibility and the use of such concepts in professional practice, and explore the relationship of spirituality to a number of issues you may encounter.

Working With Depression and Anxiety in Practice
You will be introduced to to current research, theory and guidance for working with people with depression and anxiety.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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