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This MSc in Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice combines theoretical grounding in development and its disorders, with practical experience in clinical assessment and diagnosis. Read more
This MSc in Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice combines theoretical grounding in development and its disorders, with practical experience in clinical assessment and diagnosis. This course embeds an understanding of cognitive neurodevelopmental disorders within the context of typical development, with a particular focus on dyslexia, specific language impairment, autism, ADHD, and dyscalculia. The course uniquely combines perspectives from cognitive psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, and applied clinical and educational practice. Topical issues in developmental disorders will be examined, including co-morbidity between disorders, and the implications of cognitive disorders for children’s mental health.

Research on developmental disorders has the potential in the long term to both inform research theoretically and to lead to substantial applications and practical implications.

This programme is therefore particularly suitable for students from Psychology or related disciplines who:
-Are seeking to build on their knowledge of developmental psychology and developmental disorders before embarking on PhD study. The acquisition of wide-ranging theoretical and practical knowledge of developmental psychology and disorders, as well as crucial research and project management skills will make students strong candidates for future positions in PhD programmes.
-Wish to boost their research skills and theoretical and practical knowledge of developmental disorders before progressing to careers in speech and language therapy, clinical psychology, educational psychology, teaching, or child health related disciplines.
-Have already qualified as clinical or educational professionals, behavioural therapists, care workers, speech and language therapists, but wish to supplement and enhance their research skills and extend their knowledge of developmental disorders.

Content

The programme combines specifically focused modules on development and disorders with courses teaching general principles of psychological research design, statistics and key transferable skills.
-Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
-Advanced Issues in Developmental Disorders
-Assessment and Treatment of Developmental Disorders
-Current Questions in Developmental Research
-Clinical Practice for Developmental Disorders

Empirical Projects
As part of this programme, you will be given the opportunity to undertake a novel piece of empirical work, on a topic at the cutting-edge of research in development and its disorders. You will be supervised by faculty with relevant expertise in fields including language and literacy development and dyslexia, numerical cognition and dyscalculia, socio-communicative skills and autism, genetic disorders (e.g. Down Syndrome, 22q deletion syndrome), and the impact of sleep on learning and memory.

Assessment
Modules are assessed through a variety of different assignments and exams including essays, critical analysis of published papers, presentations, short notes on a range of topics, practical reports, and a dissertation and poster presentation based on the Empirical Project.

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The Affective Disorders course has been created for a broad spectrum of students and mental health professionals who are interested in specialist training from world-class experts. Read more
The Affective Disorders course has been created for a broad spectrum of students and mental health professionals who are interested in specialist training from world-class experts. You will study all aspects of affective disorders, ranging from their characterisation and assessment to the challenges of treating these debilitating conditions.

Come along to our Postgraduate Open Evening in Psychology, Mental Health and Neuroscience on Wed 1 Feb to discuss your study options with world-leaders in the field. Book your place now https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/postgraduate-taught-open-evening-health-subjects-tickets-29980971894

Key benefits

- Specialist careers for those interested in studying or researching the affective disorders.
- Valuable insight from those working in the field and those involved in internationally-acclaimed research on the causes and treatment of affective disorders.
- Clinical placements in key clinical services that treat patients with affective disorders.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/affective-disorders-msc.aspx

Course details

- Description

Affective disorders are also known as mood disorders and the main types include depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder.

This course will adopt a multidisciplinary approach by capitalising on the most recent findings from a range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as psychiatry, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology and biostatistics. You will be trained in the key scientific and methodological aspects of affective disorders, their care and related research. You will also gain transferable skills through a variety of tutorials and exercises.

- Contact time -

The expectation is that students should be available to attend throughout the working week.

- Course purpose

The purpose of our course is to meet the growing need for a graduate training programme that focuses exclusively on affective disorders. Affective Disorders course is accessible to a wide audience, but would be of particular interest to psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, related medical professionals and pharmaceutical scientists. It is especially suitable for health professionals who wish to refocus their career and specialise in Affective Disorders. It is equally suitable for health professionals who already work in a relevant field and wish to gain recognition for their expertise. Graduates who wish to pursue clinical psychology training, or research on the affective disorders may also be interested.

- Course format and assessment

For a full list of required and optional modules, study time and assessment criteria please visit the course details section of our website http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/affective-disorders-msc.aspx

Career prospects

Upon completion, you will have a solid understanding of the concepts, theories and practicalities, which are relevant to affective disorders. You may go on to enhanced careers in mental health as clinicians and/or policy makers, conduct further full-time study in an academic research environment (e.g. PhD) or in a taught clinical programme (e.g. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), gain employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. You may also enter scientific publishing.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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The MSc Developmental Disorders course is for you if you are a professional currently working in Education, Health or Social Care. Read more
The MSc Developmental Disorders course is for you if you are a professional currently working in Education, Health or Social Care.

The course is delivered by a specialist team from the Dyscovery Centre, which is based at the Caerleon campus, and a range of internationally renowned expert contributors in the field of developmental disorders. Students at the University of South Wales, will experience a blended approach to learning will include face to face study, group work and debate as well as online web based lively discussion, information seeking opportunities, personal tutorial support, formative and summative assessment. This approach provides flexibility to students in managing their study. In addition, this ensures that there is the opportunity for UK and international students to participate and contribute fully to this dynamic course, to gain an understanding of current practice in developmental disorders.

The MSc Developmental Disorders course is unique in offering all professionals working with service users who have a suspected or diagnosed developmental disorder the opportunity to study together to ensure that a holistic picture of current practice is gained.

The philosophy of the postgraduate programme is grounded in an evidence base that people with developmental disorders have usually an overlapping pattern of difficulties rather than one disability alone. This drives the course to not only be interdisciplinary in nature but also to consider different models of disability, aetiology and management strategies.


What you study

Year 1
Module 1 - An overview of developmental disorders
This module considers current definitions, classification and terminology as well as debating the overlapping nature of developmental disorders. It begins to consider the roles and expectations of stakeholders within a collaborative framework and critiques a range of literature that provides the evidence base for practice.

Module 2 - The assessment and diagnosis of developmental disorders
This module focuses upon the tools for diagnosis of a range of developmental disorders and those used in research. It builds upon the previous module and uses the bio-psychosocial model of disability to frame assessment. An emphasis is placed upon gaining a holistic picture of the individual’s living and learning needs.

Year 2
Module 3 - Management of developmental disorders
This module considers the current thinking about the medical, rehabilitative and educative approaches to intervention and management of developmental disorders. It will also consider the impact of intervention upon the individual’s life.

Module 4 - Research methods for developmental disorders
This module develops the research skills and processes to enable you to use relevant research to inform your practice, and to also carry out clinical and/or educational research.

Year 3
Dissertation
The dissertation is your opportunity to explore issues of professional and personal interest in depth by applying skills as a researcher. This may build upon topics that you have investigated earlier in your studies. On successful completion you will be encouraged and supported to disseminate your work. During the dissertation stage of the course you will be supported by a personal tutor.



Where Next?
It is envisaged that the unique, inter disciplinary approach to learning will ensure that you not only gain a conceptual understanding of developmental disorders but a sound consideration of the management strategies necessary when setting up a service.

You could go on to undertake a Doctorate (PhD) in an area of specialist interest at the University of South Wales or further develop your clinical specialism. There will be opportunity to discuss your future options with the team.

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This programme is intended for all professionals wishing to work in the eating disorders field at a high level. The qualifications (MSc, Diploma, Certificate) will appeal to clinicians and scientists who wish to provide treatment, develop services and conduct research in this field. Read more
This programme is intended for all professionals wishing to work in the eating disorders field at a high level. The qualifications (MSc, Diploma, Certificate) will appeal to clinicians and scientists who wish to provide treatment, develop services and conduct research in this field.

Degree information

This MSc provides a sound programme in human nutrition covering practical approaches, research methods and nutrition in the general population and in disease states. Eating disorders are presented using different teaching methods with an extensive series of seminars, tutorial and clinical attachments at St Ann's, Great Ormond Street and the Royal Free London Hospitals. Students will also undertake a significant research project.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Disease and Disordered Eating
-Eating Disorders: Clinical Science
-Eating Disorders: Treatment
-Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
-Malnutrition in the Community
-Practical Nutrition Assessment
-Research Methods
-Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of between 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, laboratory work, and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and the dissertation.

Careers

This programme will provide specialist graduate training for health professionals already working in the eating disorders field or prepare students for a career in a clinical eating disorders setting or an academic setting.

Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition is a recently established MSc, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available. However, as an indication, graduates of the Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc have taken up positions as dieticians, nutritionists, clinicians or undertaken further PhD studies.

Employability
This degree will give graduates a clear advantage when applying for clinical and research positions in units in which children, adolescents or adults with eating disorders are assessed, treated and recruited into research programmes. It is particularly relevant for individuals wishing to apply for senior positions in these units, as well as graduates who aspire to studying for a doctorate in the eating disorders field. Surveys have shown that eating disorder services are continuing to develop in all parts of the country, providing substantial opportunities for employment in this burgeoning field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The field of eating disorders is rapidly developing in terms of service provision and research. This MSc is the only comprehensive graduate programme available in the field, meeting an important clinical and academic need.

Whether you are a psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, nurse or researcher interested in eating disorders affecting adults or children and adolescents, this new degree will provide fundamental nutrition education, and an extensive programme on eating disorders delivered in seminars, tutorials, clinical attachments and a major research project.

The programme fulfils criteria for membership of the Association of Nutrition.

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If you work with children with developmental disorders in education, health, psychology or social services or even if you’re a parent with appropriate qualifications, this programme will give you an insight into these complex disorders and how to support the children who have them. Read more

If you work with children with developmental disorders in education, health, psychology or social services or even if you’re a parent with appropriate qualifications, this programme will give you an insight into these complex disorders and how to support the children who have them.

You’ll focus on four major development disorders in children: Dyslexia, Developmental Coordination Disorder (often known as Dyspraxia), Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. You’ll consider the evidence regarding the nature, diagnosis, assessment and intervention of each disorder – including the controversies that surround them – guided by leading researchers in the field.

We don’t promote any particular method of assessment or management. Instead, we look at the available evidence in education, health or the home, and allow you to focus on the models that relate to your own context.

Research insight

You’ll be taught by members of the Childhood and Youth Academic Group, which has a long-established, international reputation for research in developmental disorders. The course distils the expertise within the team and draws on research that we have conducted, funded by agencies such as the ESRC, Action Medical Research, and private and charitable UK organisations that work with children with these disorders.

We offer students a vibrant intellectual and academic experience. Not only will you benefit from weekly research-led teaching, but you’ll have the chance to attend seminars with leading academics, hosted by the School of Education or other departments.

Exemptions

You can use the credits gained from this programme towards MA Special Educational Needs, meaning you’ll need to take fewer modules to achieve that qualification.

Course content

You’ll take a single module in each semester, allowing you to focus on individual developmental disorders in depth.

You’ll consider the concept, nature and characteristics of Dyslexia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

In addition, you’ll take a critical approach to understanding how each disorder is assessed and identified. In addition, you’ll consider how they’re managed in different contexts, allowing you to focus on the environments that are most relevant to your professional or personal interests.

Course structure

Your study two compulsory modules:

  • Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder 30 credits
  • Developmental Disorders II: Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Provision for Children with Developmental Disorders PGCert in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

This programme is taught in evening sessions. Each module will include twelve lectures lasting two hours each. Weekly taught sessions will include lectures, discussions and group tasks so you can share knowledge and experiences with your fellow students and tutor. If you need to discuss aspects of your studies individually, the course tutor is available for one-to-one tutorials.

Assessment

There are no exams on this programme, and modules are assessed by coursework only. You’ll complete a 6,000 word essay for each module to demonstrate your understanding of the topics under study.

Career opportunities

This PGCert progamme enables people within a range of professions such as health, education and social services to progress within their chosen professional field. This programme could improve your career prospects if you intend to work with children with Special Educational Needs in any context.

Many of our students choose to build on the knowledge and skills gained through the PGCert by progressing to the MA Special Educational Needs, which may be even more beneficial to your career. You can carry the credits you’ve gained on the PGCert forward to the MA programme.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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If you are already a practitioner working in a health or mental health role, then this is your opportunity to deepen your knowledge of supporting people with complex mental health issues that involve eating disorders. Read more
If you are already a practitioner working in a health or mental health role, then this is your opportunity to deepen your knowledge of supporting people with complex mental health issues that involve eating disorders. Look at current nutritional, physiological and psychological perspectives, and learn cognitive behavioural approaches to therapeutic treatment in this area.

By studying alongside fellow professionals from the fields of occupational therapy, counselling, psychology, nursing and dietetics, you will appreciate how a multi-professional team can work together to provide effective care. Our classes are taught by academics from across these disciplines and you are encouraged to critically reflect on your own practice, ensuring you have a solid understanding of the breadth of holistic treatment.

You will graduate with a professional qualification and an increased confidence in delivering best practice care for those living with an eating disorder.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

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

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

The enhanced knowledge, competencies and skills you will gain on our course mean you will return to your role with the confidence to make a significant working contribution to the field of eating disorders. You'll have studied a range of topics alongside a variety of fellow health professionals, giving you an understanding of what it takes to holistically treat service users in private, public and charitable health sectors.

- Mental Health Specialist Dietitian
- Mental Health Specilaist Practitioner
- Eating Disorder Specialist Dietitian

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

You will be taught by experts who practice in the field, including course leader Ursula Philpot, former Chair of The British Dietetic Association's Mental Health Group and who has appeared as the on-screen dietitian for the Channel 4 series Supersize vs Superskinny.

We provide you with a great environment for networking - an opportunity to talk with your peers in healthcare, share ideas and learn. You'll also have access to our Communications Suite, allowing you to try out and get feedback on your developing practical skills.

Because you'll be studying at the same time as working, you'll be able to go back to your workplace and apply your learning straight away.

Modules

Multidisciplinary Practice in Eating Disorders
You will develop your understanding of the nutritional, physiological, psychological and psychosocial facets of eating disorders. You will evaluate current practice and reflect on your own skills in these areas.

Practical Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
You will develop core skills in CBT techniques, and learn how to apply these through peer feedback and case study assessment.

Design & Delivery of Psychological Treatment in Eating Disorders
By evaluating information from a variety of sources, you will formulate innovative, low intensity psychological treatment interventions that can be used with your clients.

Ursula Philpot

Course Leader

"The course is led and taught by a range of highly specialist staff who are postgraduate qualified, working within the field, research active and contribute nationally to NICE, Clinical Reference Group, QED, MARSIPAN and RCP publications. Students study areas of eating disorders that interest them, contribute to their CPD and support them in getting positions within the field."

Ursula has a significant professional background in dietetics and eating disorders in both public and private settings. She currently co-runs her own private practice clinic in Leeds, treating clients with a range of eating difficulties. With an MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, she is a passionate and experienced academic who has contributed research papers to a number of professional conferences and journals.

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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Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders PGCert produces psychological therapists who are competent in the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for patients affected by psychological disorders. Read more
Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders PGCert produces psychological therapists who are competent in the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for patients affected by psychological disorders. Its main focus is on the treatment of anxiety disorders.

This course offers CBT practitioner level training designed for healthcare and related professionals who have already completed introductory and/or intermediate CBT training (or equivalent) and have some supervised experience of providing CBT.

You gain:
-Practical, intensive and detailed training to facilitate the development of competent CBT skills, to a defined standard
-The necessary knowledge and attitudes to be an open-minded, informed and reflective CBT practitioner
-A critical approach to the subject through engagement with relevant theory, models and evidence

These skills equip you to become a creative independent CBT practitioner, in accordance with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) guidelines for good practice, and to contribute to the further development of CBT.

The course enables you to develop competency in CBT for anxiety disorders and become a skilled practitioner in this therapeutic approach. The focus is on treating patients with diagnosable anxiety disorders such as Social Phobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), etc. The emphasis is on high-intensity, individual CBT rather than guided self-help, psycho-education or lower intensity anxiety management.

Underpinning the course is a student centred learning approach to developing as a CBT therapist. You are required to conduct CBT therapy with anxiety-disordered patients in their host services. These patients will have moderate-severe anxiety symptoms appropriate for high-intensity psychological therapy.

Facilities

The School of Psychology is based on the University campus in the Ridley Building. You will benefit from seminar rooms and meeting spaces, as well as excellent practical facilities for carrying out experiments.

Additional facilities for psychological research are available in:
-The Institute of Neuroscience for comparative and neuroscience approaches
-The Institute of Health and Society for health psychology, and development and disability
-Culture Lab for human–computer interaction
-The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences for disorders of language

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This multidisciplinary programme is aimed at professionals already working in child or adult services in health, education or social care in the UK and overseas who have an interest in developing research expertise and who have a motivation to carry out research in their workplace or a linked setting. Read more
This multidisciplinary programme is aimed at professionals already working in child or adult services in health, education or social care in the UK and overseas who have an interest in developing research expertise and who have a motivation to carry out research in their workplace or a linked setting.

Degree information

Students will gain knowledge and skills in applied research related to the client groups with whom they work. Key topic areas include qualitative and quantitative methods related to communication disorders research, and planning, implementing and managing research. Students undertaking the MRes will conduct a supervised research project in their area of professional interest.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Both the MRes and the PG Cert include three compulsory (core) modules (45 credits) and one optional module (15 credits). The MRes also includes a research project (120 credits).

On the Postgraduate Certificate students take four modules (60 credits). This can be full-time over 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years.

Core modules:
-Research Evidence and Design I
-Research Evidence and Design II
-Research in Practice

Optional module
-Students may choose any 15-credit module from Language Sciences or from the Institute of Health Informatics.

Dissertation/report
MRes students undertake a research project in the area of human communication disorders, which culminates in a dissertation of 8-10,000 words, a research impact plan and poster presentation.

Teaching and learning
The programme takes a strong experiential learning approach through the demonstration, exploration and application of new skills. The programme also utilises significant online learning resources which allow learning outside normal classroom hours. These are combined with lectures, and small-group working. Assessment is through written reports, presentations, and the research dissertation.

Careers

Now, more than ever before, continuing professional development (CPD) is linked to career progression. Gaining a PG Cert or an MRes in Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders will undoubtedly enhance your career opportunities within child and adult support services, and could act as a springboard to further research including study at doctoral level. In the long term, skills gained on this programme will place you in an exceptionally strong position to engage with research including contributing directly to research evidence.

Employability
Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) is of major importance for professionals working with vulnerable populations, and this programme is likely to enhance employability. For example, on completion you will be able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and a range of skills that relate directly to your professional career, including how to source appropriate literature, evaluate research conducted by others, select and conduct appropriate research designs, analyse data, and write a research report.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching. Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create a vibrant and interactive environment, taking advantage of first-class resources.

Academic staff in the division have a wide range of expertise in research methods and the management of people with communication disorders. Areas of expertise include:
-Acquired Aphasia
-Acquired Apraxia of Speech
-Augmentative and Alternative Communication
-Autism Spectrum Disorder
-Children with Complex Special Needs
-Deafness/Cochlear Implant
-Dysphagia
-Dyslexia
-Developmental Language Disorders
-Progressive Neurological Conditions
-Speech Disorders in Children
-Specific Language Impairment
-Stammering
-Written Language Difficulties

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Offered through the Centre for Behaviour Analysis, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders offers up-to-date post-qualifying training for education, social and health care professionals, and other frontline staff. Read more
Offered through the Centre for Behaviour Analysis, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders offers up-to-date post-qualifying training for education, social and health care professionals, and other frontline staff. Modules are short and succinct (20 CATS points) and delivered in blended format, i.e. in-class 3-day blocks of teaching supported by online content delivery. Modules can be taken individually for interest or professional development or taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc ASD.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are complex developmental disorders. Severity is based on social communication impairments and restricted repetitive patterns of behaviour (DSM-5). It is estimated that 1:88 individuals and families are affected by ASD (in Northern Ireland 1:56 school children are affected). Increase in awareness of ASD has resulted in the need for training in diagnosis, early intervention, educational provision and support services.

The MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders was developed in consultation with the education, health and social care, and voluntary sectors and individuals affected by ASD. While on the programme, students explore the theories and practice underpinning ASD and have the opportunity to engage in associated experiential work.

In line with the needs identified in the Northern Ireland Executive’s Autism Strategy (2013-2020) and associated Action Plan, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders has been updated and revised and attuned specifically to raising awareness, addressing issues specifically related to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and increasing knowledge of concepts and models of evidence-based interventions. The programme provides a range of specialised practical skills for teaching and supporting pupils and students in a variety of settings; the teamwork skills needed to support and advise colleagues; and, the knowledge and understanding of the special needs of individuals with ASD.

Programme Structure

In order to be awarded the MSc, students must successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a dissertation (60 CATS points).

Two exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught pathway modules or an Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS pointsfrom taught pathway modules.

Further information van be viewed on Queen's University website:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Course-Finder/PCF1718/PTCF1718/Course/AutismSpectrumDisorders.html

Short Courses

We've made it easy to study for a Masters module as a short course. If you would like to study for one of the modules in the MSc ASD, please contact the Education Secretary (tel: 028 9097 5923/ 5032, ) for advice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found their Master’s degree to be beneficial in the workplace when advising colleagues, influencing policy makers and supporting pupils and students. Others progress to Doctoral level studies and research.

Find out why you should choose Queen's University for your postgraduate study: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/Why-postgraduate-study-at-Queens/

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The Master of Functional Behaviour Assessment (Autism Spectrum Disorders) professional program is designed to provide graduates with expertise in application of Functional Behaviour Assessment to the challenging behaviour of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read more

About the program

The Master of Functional Behaviour Assessment (Autism Spectrum Disorders) professional program is designed to provide graduates with expertise in application of Functional Behaviour Assessment to the challenging behaviour of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Functional Behaviour Assessment is a specialisation within the fields of Special Education, Behaviour Management, and Psychology. This sub-discipline has been created to remediate the highly challenging behaviour that often occurs in children, adolescents and adults with developmental disability and in particular individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Those individuals exhibit behaviours which are resistant to generic treatment strategies, thus requiring specialised assessment and intervention. Functional Behaviour Assessment aims to enhance positive social engagement and sound quality of life outcomes in individuals who are not able to be integrated into educational and community contexts due to the severity of their behavioural difficulties.

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/master-functional-behaviour-assessment-autism-spectrum-disorders

Professional outcomes

The Master of Functional Behaviour Assessment (Autism Spectrum Disorders) is designed for people interested in working with individuals across the age range and functional continuum. Graduates will be prepared, via exposure to professional practicum and applied research experiences, to provide specialised assistance to those individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who also exhibit challenging behaviour within educational and other service provision contexts. The degree has an applied focus to enhance graduates’ capacity to conduct direct, group, and consultative applications of Functional Behaviour Assessment.

Graduates of this program will be practitioners with expertise in applying evidence-based assessment and intervention methods tailored to the particular needs of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Further, graduates will gain skills in conducting action-based behavioural research via applicant of client-focused methodology. This program is tailored to professionals working in the field or new graduates interested in developing specialised training in a new and growing sub-discipline.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/how-apply/information-international-students/english-language-requirements .

Find out how to apply here https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/how-apply

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/master-functional-behaviour-assessment-autism-spectrum-disorders

For contact information see here https://bond.edu.au/program/master-functional-behaviour-assessment-autism-spectrum-disorders

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This course is for speech and language therapists/pathologists, linguists, psychologists or others with a relevant background who have an interest in acquired communication disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria and the communication difficulties secondary to dementia or traumatic brain injury. Read more

About the course

This course is for speech and language therapists/pathologists, linguists, psychologists or others with a relevant background who have an interest in acquired communication disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria and the communication difficulties secondary to dementia or traumatic brain injury.

The MSc will provide you with an up-to-date understanding of the main theoretical and clinical issues and approaches in this field and the implications of these findings for clinical intervention.

Your career

Your masters will give you the skills and knowledge to make a difference. Our MMedSci course provides the necessary training to meet the requirements of the UK Health and Care Professions Council which is the accreditation body for UK speech and language therapy. Our other courses provide professional development training. They can also lead to careers in university teaching and research.

How we teach

We have a reputation for high quality research in the field of human communication and its disorders. That research informs our teaching. We offer professional training for students who are considering speech and language therapy as a career. If you’re interested in a research career, we can prepare you for a PhD.

We also run professional development courses for students already working in the field, so you can study alongside your current job. We have links with the NHS, special schools and specialist charities to ensure that what we teach you is in line with current developments in the field.

We work with other departments across the University including the School of Education, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Computer Science and the School of English Language and Linguistics.

Core modules

PGCert

Acquired Language Disorders; Acquired Speech Disorders; Methods in Clinical Linguistics; Developing an Evidence Base for Practice.

PGDip

Research Methods A; Research Methods B or an optional module if not continuing to the MSc; Two optional modules.

MSc

Research Methods A; Research Methods B; Two optional modules; Dissertation/ Evaluation of Clinical Practice.

Examples of optional modules

Students on the PGDip and MSc also take optional modules, from a range offered both within the department and across other departments in the University.

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This 12-month course has a strong but not exclusive emphasis on cognitive behavioural therapy and on the application of scientific methods to health care and assessment. Read more
This 12-month course has a strong but not exclusive emphasis on cognitive behavioural therapy and on the application of scientific methods to health care and assessment. On completion of the course, and following agreed and appropriate supervision and continuing professional development, graduates will be competent in the assessment and treatment of adult patients suffering from a range of common mental health disorders typically presenting in primary care settings.

Why study Psychological Therapy and Primary Care?

The growing demand for psychological interventions for adults presenting with common mental health disorders (e.g. anxiety and depression) in NHS Primary care has been identified in a variety of studies by central government and professional bodies.

Following consultation with NHS stakeholders, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has supported the development of a new role for psychology graduates in NHS Scotland as Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology.

The Masters level training for this new role is designed to equip psychology graduates with the competence required to deliver the evidence-based psychological interventions required in circumscribed areas of practice defined by service need. The delivery of training involves a partnership, brokered by NES, between the Universities providing the academic components of the training programmes, the Universities of Stirling and Dundee, and the NHS which supports trainees in supervised clinical practice in the workplace.

Aims of the course

Specifically the course aims to:

create knowledge of the prevalence, diagnostic criteria, presentation and current psychological theories of common mental health disorders in adults.
create the ability to assess common mental health disorders by means of standardised scales, interviews techniques and observation.
foster the ability to develop clinical formulation based on information obtained from case notes, interviews, standardised scales and observation.
foster the therapeutic skills to deliver appropriate psychological treatments for common mental health disorders in Primary Care and evaluate progress and outcome of treatment.

Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by staff from the University of Dundee and the University of Stirling. Students attend one or other of the universities for 3/4 days each month.

This course begins in January and runs until the following December.

How you will be taught

Modules will be taught via a combination of clinical workshops, seminars and distance-learning lectures delivered via the internet. NHS employers provide appropriate study facilities including computers and internet connection to allow you to carry out academic work on-site. Clinical activities and delivery of therapeutic interventions will be supervised and guided by an NHS clinical supervisor in the NHS setting, who will provide guidance on all aspects of clinical competence according to agreed guidelines. Ratings of clinical competence will be based on taped evidence of practice in the NHS setting and observations of the trainees’ clinical interaction with patients.

What you will study

The course comprises five taught modules and a sixth research module. The first three modules are University of Dundee supervised while the second three are University of Stirling supervised. All modules are core and there are no optional modules:

Assessment, Diagnosis and Formulation: This overview of the assessment process enables you to conduct clinical assessment and formulation of common mental health disorders in primary care

Professional and Ethical Issues: This module develops your understanding of the principles and practice of appropriate professional conduct in the National Health Service (NHS)

Research Project: A supervised empirical investigation, including critical literature review, conducted and reported to publishable standard

Principles and Methods of Psychological Therapy: This module helps you develop and maintain collaborative working alliances and deliver a range of psychological interventions appropriate to common mental health disorders

Common Mental health Disorders in Primary Care: This module develops understanding of use of theoretical and clinical knowledge of the presentation and evidence-based treatment interventions for common mental health disorders

Research, Evaluation and Outcome: This module equips you with the knowledge and skills to conduct clinical research

You are allocated an NHS clinical supervisor who oversees and provides guidance on your clinical activity. You are also allocated an University based supervisor from the course team (who reviews clinical performance) and a University based research supervisor.

How you will be assessed

The course will comprise 50 percent academic study and 50 percent practical clinical placement work. Academic assessment will be by case reports based on NHS clinical work, examinations and a dissertation. In addition, the successful completion of the first three modules listed above depends on the receipt of a satisfactory assessment of clinical competence from your NHS clinical supervisor.

Assessments of clinical competence are made six months and nine months into the course. At these points, any unsatisfactory clinical competence will be highlighted and a programme of remedial action provided that must be undertaken successfully by the end of the modules.

Careers

Since the inception of the course in 2005, the majority of graduates have been employed by the NHS in Scotland as CAAPs. However, the job situation for CAAPs is currently more competitive, as it is for almost all workers at the moment. Some graduates have gone into the private sector as therapists and some have been employed in other NHS posts that are related but have different job titles. Some graduates have gone on to work in England under the IAPT programme. It is impossible to make predictions about vacancies for 2014, however the requirement for all NHS Boards to provide psychological therapies within 14 weeks from referral by 2014 will require some services to consider their skill mix.

Students are funded by NHS Education for Scotland and are employed by the NHS.

Fees

Trainees’ fees and travel expenses will be covered, and salaries paid at agreed
national levels (A4C Band 6, first spine point, currently £26,041)

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This online programme uses an integrated biopsychosocial approach based on evidence of the concepts, models, service planning and assessment and intervention techniques used in the field of mental health and behavioural disorders.

The programme incorporates the person-centred care model from the ethical viewpoint of positive behaviour support. This has been achieved by focusing on the most recent neurobiological knowledge of the aspects underlying so-called challenging behaviours.

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This blended-learning programme uses an integrated biopsychosocial approach based on evidence of the concepts, models, service planning and assessment and intervention techniques used in the field of mental health and behavioural disorders. Students will have the opportunity to undertake professional internships to help them develop the knowledge acquired on the programme.

The programme incorporates the person-centred care model from the ethical viewpoint of positive behaviour support. This has been achieved by focusing on the most recent neurobiological knowledge of the aspects underlying so-called challenging behaviours.

It therefore meets the demands of many professionals caring for intellectually disabled people in a whole range of services. All of this makes it a unique postgraduate programme for those who provide support to this group of people.

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