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Our unique MSc Early Intervention in Psychosis develops your academic and clinical skills in the identification and treatment of psychosis. Read more
Our unique MSc Early Intervention in Psychosis develops your academic and clinical skills in the identification and treatment of psychosis. Early intervention is an evidence-based, holistic and person-centered approach that is highly effective in promoting long-term recovery and is now an integral part of healthcare provision in the UK and worldwide. The programme combines teaching from experienced clinical academics, who have carried out pioneering work in this area, with a clinical placement in the National Health Service. It is ideal for psychology graduates and mental health professionals wishing to develop their academic and clinical skills and improve their career prospects. You will acquire expertise and experience relevant and applicable to all areas of mental health.

Key benefits

• The only MSc in Early Intervention in Psychosis worldwide.
• Integrated approach including biological, psychological and social perspectives.
• You will acquire expertise and experience applicable to all areas of mental health.
• Taught by clinicians and academics who have carried out pioneering work in this area.
• Opportunity to develop your own research ideas or join existing research projects.
• Individually tailored clinical placement in a world-class early intervention service within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
•You will receive training and support with you career planning and progression.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/early-intervention-in-psychosis-msc.aspx

Course detail

Description -

People who experience a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychotic depression, can and do recover. However, long-term recovery is dependent on the timely delivery of effective treatment. The MSc Early Intervention in Psychosis develops your academic and clinical skills in the identification and treatment of psychosis. Early intervention is an evidence-based, holistic and person-centered approach that is highly effective in reducing the long-term impact of psychotic illness on the individual and their families. It has now become an integral part of mental health services in the UK and worldwide. The course combines biological, psychological and social perspectives, reflecting the multi-faceted nature of the illness. You will learn through classroom teaching and a clinical placement in an early intervention service within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The knowledge and experience acquired on this course are relevant and applicable to all areas of mental health.

Our course is designed for students who want to develop their academic and clinical expertise and experience before applying for clinical psychology training. It is also ideal for mental health professionals (e.g. doctors, clinical psychologists, nurses) aiming to enhance their career prospects. Furthermore, it provides a robust foundation for students who aim to conduct further research at PhD level in the future.

You will be taught by mental health professionals with extensive experience in delivering early intervention in psychosis and academics who have carried out pioneering research in this area (e.g. Prof. Robin Murray, Prof. Philip McGuire, Prof. Paola Dazzan, Prof. Oliver Howes, Dr. Paolo Fusar-Poli, Dr. Andrea Mechelli).

As part of the course you will also receive training and support with your career planning and progression.

- Course format and assessment -

Format: classroom teaching; lab-based research project; clinical placement.
In order to facilitate part-time study, each classroom-taught module is run entirely on Mondays and Tuesdays and is concentrated within a four-week period.

Assessment: coursework; written examination; research dissertation

A full list of required and optional modules can be found on our website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/early-intervention-in-psychosis-msc.aspx

Career prospects

The expertise and experience acquired on this MSc are relevant and applicable to all areas of mental health. Therefore, after completing this programme, you will be in a strong position to pursue a career in mental health. Most of our students go on to clinical psychology training (e.g. DClinPsy), other clinical training (e.g. IAPT) or a research position (e.g. PhD). Clinicians completing this programme have enhanced their career and/or obtained clinical research positions.

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:

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is offering a number of bursaries and scholarships to support students with the financial commitments of postgraduate study.

Find out more and apply http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/index.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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This course is a pathway within the MSc 'Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health' (APIMH). The information here relates to the Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis pathway within the MSc APIMH, but is listed under the pathway-specific title. Read more
This course is a pathway within the MSc 'Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health' (APIMH). The information here relates to the Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis pathway within the MSc APIMH, but is listed under the pathway-specific title. Other pathways are available in Primary Mental Health Care and Dementia Care.

The programme and pathways have been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental health care delivery and service design.

There is now a robust evidence base indicating that structured Psychosocial Interventions (PSI), incorporating Cognitive Behavioural and Family-based approaches, can be extremely effective and beneficial for people with psychosis. This evidence forms the basis of national policy guidelines (NICE, 2014) recommending that such interventions should be offered as standard to all people experiencing a psychotic illness.

The University of Manchester has one of the longest track records in the world for the provision of innovative, high quality education and training in PSI for health and social care practitioners working with people experiencing psychosis and their carers. Many graduates of the programme have taken up senior positions at National and Regional level leading strategic developments and making significant contributions to research in this area of practice.

The programme involves attendance at the University for one day per week during term-time and the equivalent of one day per week in practice to achieve the practical-skills outcomes associated with some course units in the programme. Students are required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee the clinical and/or practice work required for the programme and specific pathways.

Aims

The overall intention of the programme is to enhance access to, and the effectiveness of, mental health and social care services that are evidence-based, multidisciplinary and focused on the needs of service users and their carers.

The programme will equip students with advanced knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their own practice, the practice of others and contribute to innovations and developments in mental health care and service delivery.

Teaching and learning

Students participate in a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small-group work, student-led seminars, and online learning.

There is a strong emphasis on skills development through the use of role play, experiential exercises and analysis, and elements of supervised practice and practice mentorship to achieve practical skills outcomes for some course units.

In addition, students undertake independent study in order to further develop and consolidate their learning.

All pathways involve sessions by users and/or carers who are seen as essential contributors to student learning as experts by experience.

Coursework and assessment

A variety of assessments are used within each course unit and across the programme as a whole. All assessments require students to integrate knowledge and understanding, and apply this to their own area of practice relevant to the outcomes of each unit and the focus of each pathway.

Assessment methods include essays, case studies, assessed seminar presentations, literature reviews and recorded clinical simulations. For some course units students are also required to submit practice supervision/or practice mentorship records.

The dissertation for the MSc requires students to undertake an extended written piece of work (12,000-15,000 words) which focuses on a specific aspect of Mental Health Practice in the form of an extended literature based review/proposal for practice development.

Career opportunities

The course is for qualified mental health practitioners and aims to equip them with advanced knowledge and skills to enhance their own practice, the practice of others and contribute to innovations and developments in mental health care and services.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for people with a wide range of mental health conditions, including people with psychosis. Read more
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for people with a wide range of mental health conditions, including people with psychosis. This programme is designed to give mental health professionals without prior experience of CBT the academic and clinical skills to implement this approach in their work settings.

Degree information

The programme will develop participants’ skills in CBT for anxiety and depression, and the application of these skills to individuals with psychotic symptoms.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. The programme consists of six core modules.

Core modules
-CBT for Anxiety - advanced (15 credits)
-CBT for Depression (behavioural activation) (15 credits)
-CBTp Intervention (30 credits)
-CBT for Psychosis (fundamentals) (15 credits)
-Clinical Portfolio (15 credits)
-Fundamentals of CBT (30 credits)

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of didactic teaching, self-directed study and supervised clinical practice. Assessment is through coursework, reports of clinical practice and the presentation of a clinical portfolio.

Careers

This programme will broaden the career options of participants by expanding their therapeutic competency and the range of clients with whom they are trained to work.

Employability
Participants will already be in employment in NHS settings; the skills and knowledge conferred by the programme will enhance their employability.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme bridges academic knowledge and clinical application. A primary aim is to help participants make links between theoretical knowledge of CBT and its application in clinical settings, and teaching sessions will include extensive case discussion.

To supplement face-to-face teaching and encourage self-study, participants will have access to online resources, including video vignettes demonstrating the application of CBT.

The programme will afford excellent opportunities for participants to meet and work with clinicians from a wide range of professional backgrounds and clinical services.

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This new, innovative skills focused course has been designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and competence to work collaboratively with service users with a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions. Read more
This new, innovative skills focused course has been designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and competence to work collaboratively with service users with a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) comprises of 120 academic credits at Level 7. The flexible nature of this course means you can choose an acute or longer term focus to your studies, making it relevant to the practice area you work in.

The course is delivered by a practicing and highly experienced Mental Health Lecturer Practitioner, ensuring clear integration of theory to contemporary practice. The design of this course allows you to work in your own clinical area and enhance and develop your clinical competence through supervised work with mental health service users and families/carers.

The course is THORN accredited. THORN has been identified as the 'Gold Standard' training course for multi-disciplinary mental health professionals. The course is designed to enable you to become a change agent and champion, actively incorporating evidence-based practice into routine service provision, through your own and others' work.

Modules

• Assessment and Case Formulation L7 – 20 credits
• Family Intervention L7 – 20 credits
• Medication Management and Physical Wellbeing L7 – 20 credits
• Evidence Based Psychosocial interventions for Psychosis L7 OR Brief Interventions in Acute Mental health Care L7 – 20 credits
• Practice Based Innovation Project L7 - 40 credits

Career and study progression

On successful completion of the course practitioners report an increase in knowledge, clinical expertise and confidence in providing a range of evidence-based interventions. The range of interventions covered during the course will enable you to work in a variety of services accessed by mental health service users.

Further Study:

You could consider a variety of other courses and modules provided by the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare:

- PgCert/PgDip/MSc Professional Practice (Complex Mental Health Needs)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Mental Health)
- PgCert Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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This new, innovative skills focused course has been designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and competence to work collaboratively with service users with a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions. Read more
This new, innovative skills focused course has been designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and competence to work collaboratively with service users with a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions.

The MSc comprises of 180 academic credits at Level 7. The flexible nature of this course means you can choose an acute or longer term focus to your studies, making it relevant to the practice area you work in.

The course is delivered by a practicing and highly experienced Mental Health Lecturer Practitioner, ensuring clear integration of theory to contemporary practice. The design of this course allows you to work in your own clinical area and enhance and develop your clinical competence through supervised work with mental health service users and families/carers.

The course is THORN accredited. THORN has been identified as the 'Gold Standard' training course for multi-disciplinary mental health professionals. The course is designed to enable you to become a change agent and champion, actively incorporating evidence-based practice into routine service provision, through your own and others' work.

Modules

• Assessment and Case Formulation L7 – 20 credits
• Family Intervention L7 – 20 credits
• Medication Management and Physical Wellbeing L7 – 20 credits
• Evidence Based Psychosocial interventions for Psychosis L7 OR Brief
• Interventions in Acute Mental health Care L7 – 20 credits
• Practice Based Innovation Project L7 - 40 credits
• Research Methods L7 – 20 credits
• Dissertation L7 – 40 credits

Career and study progression

On successful completion of the course practitioners report an increase in knowledge, clinical expertise and confidence in providing a range of evidence-based interventions. The range of interventions covered during the course will enable you to work in a variety of services accessed by mental health service users.

Further study:

You could consider a variety of other courses and modules provided by the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare:
- PgCert/PgDip/MSc Professional Practice (Complex Mental Health Needs)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Mental Health)
- PgCert Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
- MPhil/ PhD Research Degrees
- Professional Doctorate

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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This new, innovative skills focused course has been designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and competence to work collaboratively with service users with a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions. Read more
This new, innovative skills focused course has been designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and competence to work collaboratively with service users with a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) comprises of 60 academic credits at Level 7. You will study three, 20 credit modules.

The course is delivered by a practicing and highly experienced Mental Health Lecturer Practitioner, ensuring clear integration of theory to contemporary practice. The design of this course allows you to work in your own clinical area and enhance and develop your clinical competence through supervised work with mental health service users and families/carers.

The course is THORN accredited. THORN has been identified as the 'Gold Standard' training course for multi-disciplinary mental health professionals. The course is designed to enable you to become a change agent and champion, actively incorporating evidence-based practice into routine service provision, through your own and others' work.

Modules

• Assessment and Case Formulation L7 – 20 credits
• Family Intervention L7 – 20 credits
• Medication Management and Physical Wellbeing L7 – 20 credits

Career and study progression

On successful completion of the course practitioners report an increase in knowledge, clinical expertise and confidence in providing a range of evidence-based interventions. The range of interventions covered during the course will enable you to work in a variety of services accessed by mental health service users.

Further study:

You could consider a variety of other courses and modules provided by the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare:

- PgCert/PgDip/MSc Professional Practice (Complex Mental Health Needs)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Mental Health)
- PgCert Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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If you are a mental health practitioner, then this course offers an inspiring, creative and enterprising approach to your continuing education. Read more
If you are a mental health practitioner, then this course offers an inspiring, creative and enterprising approach to your continuing education. You will develop your practical mental health skills and sharpen your critical thinking. You'll gain fresh knowledge and evidence-based expertise that meets the demands of contemporary mental health provision.

With a diverse number of modules to choose from, you can tailor the course to meet your learning and development needs whatever your practice area. Delivered part-time, it will fit around your work and personal commitments. You can study a full masters degree, take individual modules that reflect your interests, or choose to take a number of modules toward a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, all of which will enhance your professional career.

- 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/mentalhealth_msc

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

If you are a mental health worker, our course - which is designed in collaboration with our partners in health and social care - offers you the opportunity to study for an academic award, develop your mental health practice and enhance your employability.

- Mental Health Practitioner
- Counsellor
- Social Worker

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

Our course is designed to develop your practical mental health skills and equip you with critical thinking skills. We have a large range of option modules to choose from, and our inter-professional, adult learning approach is based on experiential and reflective learning, which will benefit both you and your place of work.

We have a strong track record in education and training with regional, national and international links. We maintain contact with practice areas through honorary contracts as practitioners, service development and implementation consultancy and evaluation.

Core Modules

Contemporary Context of Mental Health & Recovery
Explore the contemporary context of mental health and gain a critical understanding of mental health and mental health practice, with a focus on the narrative and the ethos of recovery.

Understanding & Evaluating the Evidence
Explore different types of information about health and social care and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

Working with Complex Cases in Mental Health Practice
Develop your critical understanding of the theory, research, legal, political and social drivers that are influencing contemporary mental health practice in relation to people considered to be complex cases.

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

Research in Practice (Dissertation)
Produce a substantial research project on a self-selected topic of interest, demonstrating your developmental learning in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills.

Option Modules

Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Psychosis
You'll be introduced to working with psychosis from a psychological and social perspective. You will develop your critical thinking and skills for working in this area, with particular reference to the skills of cognitive behaviour therapy.

Working with Depression & Anxiety
You will be introduced to current research, theory and guidance for practice, and will be encouraged to develop your existing skills for application in practice.

Applied Counselling Skills in the Workplace
Develop a critical understanding of counselling theories and how counselling as an intervention can be utilised in your practice area.

Foundations of PSI for Psychosis
Engage with contemporary research, theory and policy in the field, and have the opportunity to develop your therapeutic skills by applying them in practice with individuals and their families and carers.

Theory and Practice of Coaching
Develop a critical understanding of coaching theory and how coaching tools and techniques can be utilised in your practice area.

Working with Families & Carers in Practice
Gain a critical foundation in some core theories and concepts to enable you to work with families and carers in your practice area.

Practical Foundations of CBT
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.

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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Modules

Modules are selected from the following: PSYC6106 Evidence-based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders (or 10 CATS version), PSYC6107 Evidence-based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders (or 20 CATS version), PSYC6088 CBT Theory and Skills II, PSYC6089 CBT for Depression, PSYC6092 CBT for Personality Disorders, PSYC6091 CBT for Psychosis, PSYC6095 CBT Supervision 1: Evidence-Based Treatments for People with Axis I Problems (Anxiety and Depression), PSYC6096 CBT Supervision 2: Disorder-Specific Treatments for people with anxiety disorders, PSYC6097 CBT Supervision 3: Evidence-Based Treatments for People with Depression, PSYC6098 CBT Supervision 4: Introduction to Working with People with Personality Disorders, PSYC6099 CBT Supervision 5: Further Skills for Working with People with Personality Disorders, PSYC6100 CBT Supervision 6: Introduction to Working with People with Psychosis, PSYC6101 CBT Supervision 7: Further Skills for Working with People with Psychosis, PSYC6125 Supervisory Skills Module, PSYC6126 Working with SIM

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This two-year part-time course offers experienced clinicians and practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds a unique opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge and skills in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Read more
This two-year part-time course offers experienced clinicians and practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds a unique opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge and skills in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Our aim is to foster a community of practitioners with the expertise to deliver high quality MBCT to patients, and to contribute to the development and dissemination of this innovative approach to mental and physical healthcare.

The course is offered by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. Successful completion of the course leads to an award of a Master of Studies by the University of Oxford.

Oxford has been internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in cognitive therapy (CT) research, treatment development and dissemination for nearly 20 years. It has an unusually rich concentration of acknowledged experts in CT and a first class reputation for providing high quality training courses and clinical supervision. A growing team of Oxford clinicians and researchers now specialise in MBCT, and have successfully developed and delivered a range of MBCT training events, including introductory workshops, masterclasses, residential training retreats, a foundational training course, and a Master of Studies degree course. The Masters programme was initiated by Professor Mark Williams, one of the founders of MBCT, and the team includes Professor William Kuyken, a leading figure in the development of MBCT and the current Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/mst-in-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy

The Rationale for the Course

MBCT was developed by John Teasdale, Mark Williams and Zindel Segal as a manualised, class-based skills training programme for people with recurrent depression. It integrates elements of cognitive therapy with intensive practice of mindfulness meditation, with the aim of helping people to relate differently to pain and distress. Randomised clinical trials support its efficacy in preventing relapse in people who have experienced repeated episodes of depression, and it is now recommended in the guidelines of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a cost-effective treatment of choice for this increasingly common problem.

Because its central principles are transdiagnostic, MBCT holds promise as a helpful intervention in a wide range of settings and with a broad range of problem areas, both physical and emotional. Preliminary research suggests that mindfulness-based approaches can be helpful to patients with problems as diverse as chronic pain, psoriasis, cancer, health anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, generalised anxiety disorder, psychosis and bipolar disorder where there is a history of suicidal thoughts or behaviour.

MBCT has attracted a great deal of interest within the mental health and behavioural medicine communities. However opportunities to extend preliminary learning and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for becoming aneffective teacher are limited. This means that practitioners wishing to use the approach with their clients have great difficulty in accessing appropriate training and supervision. The Oxford course is designed to address this need. It offers an opportunity for in-depth learning, and aims to create a body of clinicians with the knowledge and skills they require in order to teach, develop and disseminate MBCT effectively.

Programme details

The course is taught, part-time, over two years, and is organised in nine three-day teaching blocks (held in Oxford) and three residential training retreats (four days and seven days in Year I and seven days in Year II). In addition to the taught component, students will need to set aside 6-7 hours per week for private study, personal practice of MBCT, completion of written assignments. Participants on courses with similar demands confirms that this time is crucial to completing the course successfully.

On successful completion of the taught components of the course and associated assignments, the award of the Master's degree is made by the University of Oxford, under the aegis of its Continuing Education Board.

Course Content

The course addresses the theoretical basis of MBCT, including relevant aspects of cognitive and clinical psychology, as well as aspects of Buddhist psychology and philosophy on which MBCT draws. It also provides opportunities for students to develop the practical skills they need in order to translate knowledge and understanding into competent MBCT practice, that is, students are expected to develop for themselves the understanding and skills they will be teaching to patients. (This is analogous to the requirement for experience of personal therapy in the education of psychodynamic psychotherapists).

The course covers four main topic areas:

- Theory, including: relevant cognitive science (e.g. attention, memory, judgement, metacognition, executive function); clinical theory (e.g. cognitive theories of the development and maintenance of emotional disorder and the principles underlying MBCT); relevant aspects of Buddhist psychology and philosophy and their contribution to MBCT

- Research related to the ongoing development of MBCT, and investigating the areas of theory outlined above

- Clinical applications in a range of problem areas, for example, depression, chronic fatigue, pain, psychosis and borderline personality disorder

- Practice including the development of personal experience of mindfulness meditation, the capacity to relate this experience to theory and research, and the skills needed to instruct patients/clients in MBCT, drawing on relevant theory, research and clinical literature

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We offer post graduate pre-registration nursing in two fields of nursing (adult and mental health) and have excellent links with the NHS and other care providers. Read more
We offer post graduate pre-registration nursing in two fields of nursing (adult and mental health) and have excellent links with the NHS and other care providers. Nursing skills are taught and assessed in four laboratories. Learning clinical skills in the laboratories ensures that students develop competence in a safe, protected environment. In order to develop multi-professional and collaborative working, there is shared learning between nursing and midwifery students in areas such as biological and social sciences, informatics, research, ethics, health policy and management.

This programme offers both practice and theoretical learning in a variety of institutional and community settings. For adult nursing, placements are in hospitals and the local community, such as GP practices and with community nurses and health visitors. Mental health nursing placements are much more community-focused, in clinics, forensic services and health centres.

Applications for these programmes should be made via UCAS. Please note that this programme is not available to international students.

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop the personal and professional skills needed to competently undertake the role and responsibilities of a registered nurse

- To promote higher order thinking and the potential ability to undertake a leadership role in professional practice

- To work collaboratively with other professionals, service users and carers.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/hsc/nursing

Health and Social Care

With over 20 years’ experience as a trusted provider of health and social care training and education, we are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills to become valued members of the community and to the continuing professional development of qualified professionals.

We are at the forefront of research and innovation in the field of health and social care and our teaching staff have both practical know-how and academic expertise.

Content (Adult Nursing)

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Patient Pathways of Care in Adult Nursing 1 (Level 7) (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

National and International Perspectives on Healthcare (15 credits)
Patient Pathways of Care in Adult Nursing 1 (Level 7) (30 credits)
Patient Pathways of Care in Adult Nursing 2 (Level 7) (30 credits)
Care of the Acutely Ill Adult (Level 7) (30 credits)

Content (Children's Nursing)

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Nursing Children and Young People with Minor Illness/Injury (Level 7) (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

National and International Perspectives on Healthcare (15 credits)
Nursing Children and Young People with Minor Illness/Injury (Level 7) (30 credits)
Meeting the Specific Healthcare Needs of Young People (Level 7) (30 credits)
Nursing the Acutely Ill or Injured Child (Level 7) (30 credits)

Content (Mental Health Nursing)

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Psychosis and Anxiety: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 7) (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

National and International Perspectives on Healthcare (15 credits)
Psychosis and Anxiety: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 7) (30 credits)
Affective and Organic Disorders: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 7) (30 credits)
Complex Needs: Advancing Mental Health Nursing (Level 7) (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Practice, portfolio, skills, essays, examinations, reports, case studies, oral presentations, and simulations.

Career options

Graduates have opportunities in the National Health Service in acute hospitals and Primary Care Trusts, and the independent health sector.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This course extends the student's skills to include therapeutic work with complex cases and clinically relevant research; it is run in collaboration with the Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Read more

Summary

This course extends the student's skills to include therapeutic work with complex cases and clinically relevant research; it is run in collaboration with the Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Modules

Cognitive theory and therapy; complex cases and personality disorders; severe mental illness and psychosis; practical work experience with people affected by complex difficulties (particularly personality disorders and psychosis).

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Research profile. Our Division of Psychiatry is internationally recognised as a world-class clinical research and teaching centre. Read more

Research profile

Our Division of Psychiatry is internationally recognised as a world-class clinical research and teaching centre.

We focus on the mechanisms underlying the development of major psychiatric disorders, including autism, bipolar disorder, depression, dementia and schizophrenia.

Expertise and studies

We have a particular expertise in longitudinal, clinical and biological studies of large cohorts of people at high risk of psychotic disorders drawn from across Scotland. Our studies include:

  • the Edinburgh High Risk Study, which examines 200 young people at high genetic risk of schizophrenia over a period of ten years
  • the Edinburgh Study of Co-Morbidity, which examines teenagers at high cognitive risk for schizophrenia
  • the Bipolar Family Study, which examines over 200 young people at familial risk of bipolar disorder and controls

In psychiatric genetics, we take part in international genome wide association studies and focus on analyses of candidate genes including DISC-1, NDE-1 and DLG-2.

We also have a major focus on the functional genetics of psychiatric illness and have investigated the effects of variation in genes, such as DISC-1, on brain structure and function, as well as their programming during development in stem cell models.

We have demonstrated, for the first time, that structural and functional MRI changes precede the onset of psychosis and could be used as a diagnostic aid.

We have also demonstrated that imaging can be used to separate autism from learning disability in people of matched IQ.

We have made substantial progress in the discovery of genes, including DISC-1, associated with psychosis and have played a leading role in understanding how genetic variation alters brain structure and function and risk for mental illness.

Research methods

The principal methods used are state-of-the-art structural and functional imaging techniques and genetic studies. We are also involved in a number of clinical trials of novel therapeutic interventions.

Major conditions of interest

Our major interests (that straddle the disciplines of Neurology and Psychiatry) include:

  • Autism and learning disability (Andrew Stanfield)
  • Dementia prevention (Craig Ritchie)
  • Bipolar disorder and depression (Andrew McIntosh)
  • Schizophrenia (Stephen Lawrie, Mandy Johnstone)
  • Cognition and Behaviour (collaborations with the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
  • Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

We are also closely involved in two philanthropically funded Specialist Centres of Excellence:

Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

The Division of Psychiatry is a part of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS) in the Edinburgh Medical School. CCBS integrates laboratory and clinical research to study the causes, consequences and treatment of major brain disorders.

Training and support

Postgraduate students are mentored and supported by at least two supervisors and receive long-term guidance from their thesis committee.

We offer a transferable skills programme and project-specific courses, including opportunities to become involved in science communication and public engagement. In addition, the Division provides clinical case demonstrations and specialist seminars.

Facilities

We offer well-characterised cohorts of patients and expertise in a wide variety of techniques to study biological aspects of psychiatric disorders.



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Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any relevant subject. Read more
Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any relevant subject. A good master's level qualification is usually required.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/postgraduate-diploma-in-cognitive-behavioural-therapy

Course Aims

The Course seeks to enable students to:

- Appreciate how theory, research and clinical practice inform each other in cognitive behavioural therapy, contributing to its continued development

- Establish and practise a repertoire of enhanced cognitive behavioural skills

- Develop the ability to apply these skills with specialist patient groups and problem areas encountered in their own places of work

- Establish and maintain warm, respectful, collaborative relationships, and develop the ability to understand and manage difficulties in the alliance (including the student’s contribution) using a cognitive conceptual framework

- Through consultation, identify and resolve difficulties in practice, whether arising from theoretical, practical, interpersonal, personal or ethical problems

Programme details

Having successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in CBT, or Enhanced CBT, students may apply to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT by continuing their studies with one of the specialist pathways:

Complex Presentations - Available from 2016-17
Course lead: Dr Sarah Rakovshik

This course trains therapists to apply evidence-based treatment to presentations falling outside standard CBT protocols – given that comorbidity and complexity are often the rule, and not the exception, in clinical populations. The course comprises 16 days of teaching over five months including supervision on a bi-weekly basis.

Psychological Trauma - Available from 2017-18
Course lead: Martina Mueller

The course covers the impact of psychological trauma on brain function, memory and psychological development, as well as techniques for working effectively with developmental and adult trauma in a range of trauma populations. The course comprises 16 days of teaching in four blocks over a year, with each block including one half-day consultation group.

Psychosis and Bipolar - Available from 2017-18
Course lead: Louise Isham

This new addition to the OCTC programme reflects the growing evidence base for CBT as an effective intervention for people with psychotic and bipolar disorders. Cognitive models of psychosis and bipolar will be covered as well as the latest evidence-based techniques for working with these client groups. The course comprises 18 days of teaching across the year, with an initial four-day induction block in October followed by fortnightly one-day sessions during term time (including teaching and one 2 hour group supervision session).

Supervision and Training - Available from 2016-17
Course lead: Dr Helen Kennerley

The course aims to develop both supervisory and training skills by combining didactic presentation with live teaching and supervision practice. It reflects the increased expectation that clinicians are offered sound supervision and training in CBT in order to achieve adequate standards of CBT. The course comprises 18 workshops (presented in five teaching blocks from October to March)

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

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This postgraduate qualification is designed for those with an academic or professional interest in mental health science and the biological and psychological underpinnings of this discipline. Read more
This postgraduate qualification is designed for those with an academic or professional interest in mental health science and the biological and psychological underpinnings of this discipline. It equips students with the necessary skills to critically evaluate the current literature, discuss contemporary issues and communicate a critical understanding of key topics in mental health science.

Those who qualify from this programme, will have carried out an academically rigorous research project, and have developed the skills and knowledge that are relevant for pursuing a research career, for employment, and to inform professional practice.

Key features of the course

•Develops knowledge and understanding of key topics (stress, anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia)
•Explores current issues and research at the forefront of mental health science
•Develops skills that are essential for a critical understanding and needed for professional practice
•Culminates with an in-depth individual research project in an area of mental health science.

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.

Modules

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Compulsory modules

• Introduction to mental health science (S826)
• Core topics in mental health science: psychosis and dementia (SD816)
• MSc project module for MSc in Mental Health Science (SXH810)

Modules should be studied in the order listed above. The project module can only be taken after completion of the first two modules.

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

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Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills within mental health practice?… Read more
Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills within mental health practice? Our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner) is a clinically-focused specialist pathway designed to develop enhanced mental health assessment and intervention skills for nurses and other healthcare professionals to effectively support people who are suffering from mental health problems, in their recovery journey.

Key features

-A contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment; including telehealth and sustainability
-Develop clinical skills in contemporary, evidence based mental health assessment, formulation and interventions.
-Engage in reflective practice to support person centred and recovery orientated ways of working.
-Experience a number of formative and summative assessed role play interactions to boost confidence and transfer these skills into your practice.
-Undertake modules which will enable you to achieve a named pathway award in Mental Health to support your career development.
-Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
-Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
-Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education.
-Part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking three core modules.

Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to six modules: three core, one pathway specific and up to two optional.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with two further core modules in the final year.

Year 1
-APP701 Advancing Practice in Context
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-APP705 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment and Formulation

Year 2
You must gain 20 credits from a pathway specific module and 40 credits from optional modules in Year 2 to gain a postgraduate diploma. Examples of the pathway specific and optional modules available:
-APP706 – CBT interventions for mental health professionals (mood disorders)
-APP707 - CBT interventions for mental health professionals (psychosis)
-APP708 – Working with families (psychosis)
-APP709 – Working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder
-HEA577 – Supplementary prescribing
-HEAD709 – Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for designated allied health professionals (physiotherapists and podiatrists)
-NMP702 - Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses and midwives

Final year
-APP703 - Advancing research knowledge in practice 2
-SPP701 – Substantive professional project

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