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This course is designed for students interested in developing skills and knowledge for the assessment and solution-focused management of people with certain physical and mental health conditions. Read more
This course is designed for students interested in developing skills and knowledge for the assessment and solution-focused management of people with certain physical and mental health conditions.

It will be of particular relevance to students with a background in the social sciences, mental health or nursing.

A background in psychology is desirable as you will have a strong foundation in mental health problems and research methods, but it is not essential.

It is also suitable for practitioners in health, mental health and the forensic equivalent who are currently working with people benefitting from such interventions

Psychosocial interventions relate to an individual's psychological development and how this development interacts with a social environment. Generally psychosocial interventions cover psychological interventions (for example classified into behavioural, cognitive, humanistic, motivational etc) and social approaches (for example focusing the work on families or wider social networks such a local communities). Students on the MSc, therefore, are exposed to the underlying principles and frameworks of interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Intervention Skills, Motivational Enhancement Skills, Positive Psychology (Skills & Interventions) etc.

Evidence also suggests that these interventions can be successfully utilised with other long-term conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and epilepsy.

This unique programme forms a broader subject base than other postgraduate programmes in this field, encapsulating psychosocial interventions with all forms of mental health and the application of interventions to physical health issues.

We will provide you with the skills to critically understand the principle concepts, theories and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions within various organisations.

You will learn about various clinical approaches, allowing problem-solving and critical reflection in order to develop creative solutions when dealing with complex clinical and social issues.

At Bucks, we pride ourselves in keeping in close contact with the practice environment, and this helps ensure you gain the necessary skills and knowledge for a successful career in this field.

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This part-time UWS MSc in Psychosocial Interventions is innovative and flexible and the only one of its kind in the UK. The course at Ayr campus is aimed at health practitioners working with people with a long-term mental health or physical condition. Read more
This part-time UWS MSc in Psychosocial Interventions is innovative and flexible and the only one of its kind in the UK. The course at Ayr campus is aimed at health practitioners working with people with a long-term mental health or physical condition.

The UWS programme aims to prepare you to develop specialised clinical skills in the effective engagement, accurate assessment and formulation of the needs of people who experience long-term conditions including their significant social network. You will develop the skills to critically understand the principle concepts, theories and efficacy of psychosocial interventions within your own organisation.

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This online course reviews recent developments in the field of psychosocial programming in humanitarian contexts and examines the evidence-base for effective, quality programming. Read more

Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations by Distance Learning - Short Course

This online course reviews recent developments in the field of psychosocial programming in humanitarian contexts and examines the evidence-base for effective, quality programming. It is suitable for professional development both for those wishing to explore this rapidly developing area of humanitarian response and for those with significant experience in the field who wish to consolidate their understanding of effective practice.

The material builds upon the substantial research, field experience and networks of the two course facilitators, Professor Alastair Ager and Dr Rebecca Horn, to create a lively, interactive learning approach that draws upon the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our global participants.

Participants registered on the course will work through ten units of material – featuring readings, narrated PowerPoints, videos etc. - over a six week period. A discussion board provides a context for interaction between participants as well as with course facilitators. Those wishing to gain academic credit for study will then complete a written assignment.

Course Dates: 27 February to 07 April 2017

The content of the module will include:

1: The Developing Field of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
2: The MHPSS Guidelines
3: Current Policy and Practice Developments:
4: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Child Friendly Spaces
5: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Gender, Conflict and Displacement
6: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Community-Based Approaches
7: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Mainstreaming into Other Sectors
8: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Humanitarian Staff Care
9: Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Psychosocial Programming
10: Capacity Building for Psychosocial Support

All units involve discussion of principles and frameworks, evidence-base and emerging best practice.

Credit Rating: 15 SCOTCAT/5 ECTS

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.

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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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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.

PSI for Psychosis (PSIp) pathway :

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.

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This MSc is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to mental health care. Read more
This MSc is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to mental health care.

Who is it for?

This postgraduate course develops knowledge and skills to enable practitioners to work effectively with colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds, and to critically explore the dynamics and challenges of working in this context considering innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

It is designed for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, other clinical staff, and workers from a wide range of allied statutory and voluntary agencies.

Objectives

The MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Adult Mental Health) is designed for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services.

The course will provide students with the skills, knowledge and awareness in the assessment and formulation of mental health problems, evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in mental health. There is an opportunity to critically evaluate risk assessment and management across the life span as well as to understand the concepts which inform professional leadership. Students will develop a greater awareness of inter-professional practice and communication as well as an emphasis is on collaborative practice. The development of ethical and culturally sensitive practice and the placement of the service user and their carers are key priorities within this programme.

You will be given the opportunity to discuss key debates in health and social care provision, within multi-professional and interdisciplinary contexts. The course is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to compassionate mental health care and consider innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including insitution-based taught modules; e-learning, work-based learning, lectures, self-directed study; tutorials; class-based seminars; reflective study; enquiry based learning; and workshops.

Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. Students will learn in large and small multiprofessional, multidisciplinary groups and will be supported to participate in independent learning.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment is diverse and includes essays; reflective practice; objective structured clinical examinations; practice-based assessments; poster presentations; case studies; data analysis; and seminar presentations with supporting papers.

Modules

Students must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma. The addition of a dissertation leads to an MSc.

Core modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Discipline specific modules
-Assessing and understanding mental health problems (15 credits)
-Evidence-based psychosocial interventions in mental health (15 credits)
-Contemporary issues in mental health (15 credits)

Elective/optional modules - students should choose two modules from the following:
-Evidence Based Dementia Care (15 credits)
-Risk Assessment & Management in Mental Health (15 credits)
-Liaison Mental Health Care (15 credits)
-Child Protection: Working with risk and resilience (15 credits)
-Professional Leadership (15 credits)
-Early Identification & Psychological Development (15 credits)
-Psychology for health and social care (15 credits)

Career prospects

Our Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care graduates will gain a deep understanding and knowledge of adult mental health to therefore work effectively and collaboratively across professional agencies and boundaries. Previous students have gone on to secure influential roles within the professional areas of mental health and social care, the voluntary sector and health policy and management. Successful completion of the MSc fulfils the requirements for higher-grade, senior advanced practice posts in health and social care and qualifies students to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

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Duration. 2 years BSc and PgDip (part-time). 3 years MSc (part-time). Simple timetable info. 1 day per week during academic year. Read more
Duration:
2 years BSc and PgDip (part-time)
3 years MSc (part-time)

Simple timetable info:
1 day per week during academic year

Course units:
Year 1
– Engagement and Assessment in Forensic Mental Health
– Psychosocial Interventions in Forensic Mental Health
– Mental Health Policy and Forensic Practice
– Medication Management in Forensic Mental Health

Year 2
– Research Methods and Processes (Core unit BSc only)
– Offender Case Management in Forensic Mental Health
– Integrated Study (Core unit BSc only)
– Innovation for Excellence – Leading Service Improvement (Core unit PGDip/MSc only)
– Personality Disorder in Forensic Mental Health (PGDip/MSc only)

Year 3
– Introduction to Action Research
_ Dissertation

The existing MSc level course is currently being comprehensively reviewed and revalidated with a view to also introducing an additional award of a BSc (Hons) pathway from September 2010. The above units may therefore be subject to further change.

Assessment Method:
The course is assessed by a range of practice –based written assignments including reflective accounts, critical incident analyses and case studies taken from participants own area of mental health practice> In addition students will undertake one unseen written exam. Practical assessment includes an assessed standardised role play of a practice scenario.

Course description:
This programme appeals to a wide range of practitioners working with mentally disordered offenders, including mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, and psychologists. Applications from prison officers, the probation service and those working in the voluntary and independent sectors are welcome.

The emphasis of this revised and updated programme is on interprofessional learning that equips
practitioners with core skills and competencies in forensic mental health practice. It is designed to appeal to a wide range of practitioners working with mental health service users with a forensic background both within the health service and criminal justice system. It is expected that
students completing the programme will be able to provide effective mental health care within forensic services at all levels of security.

Career opportunities:
This programme contributes to the continuing professional development and expertise of mental health practitioners working with mentally disordered offenders. It should enable participants to enhance their performance in their current roles or as a basis for further career progression in forensic services.

Professional contacts / Industry links:
Service users contribute to the delivery of this programme.

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This course is for people who have an interest in the complex policy and practice issues in diverse settings affected by conflict or countries emerging from conflict. Read more
This course is for people who have an interest in the complex policy and practice issues in diverse settings affected by conflict or countries emerging from conflict. Emphasis will be given to: the concepts of vulnerability and resilience of individuals; households and their interaction with health and social structures in the context of forced migration; the range of actors involved during the humanitarian crisis and transitional period; and the alternative approaches to psychosocial protection of individuals and communities. The objective is to identify needs of diverse stakeholders and formulate effective and appropriate programmatic responses.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans and projects.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Modules

15 credits: Strengthening Health and Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-affected States/: Either Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations – (Distance) OR Global Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing/ Independent study.
You will also study one 15 credit elective module
Additional elective modules available. Please contact for details.

Careers

The course is suitable for those seeking to address health and social issues in complex emergencies or work in post-conflict or politically unstable environments. Former IGHD students work as programmes managers at Humanitarian Accountability Project; Islamic Relief; Medecins Sans Frontieres UNHCR and other related UN and NGO agencies.

Quick Facts

Offers an opportunity to examine the impact of conflict and complex emergencies on health and wellbeing and the effectiveness of the humanitarian response.
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Integrates diverse perspectives from different stakeholders (state, UN, NGOs, community) to formulate response to identified needs, with emphasis on conflict-affected countries.
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Applied and practical learning of frameworks and tools for use in responding to psychosocial protection of individuals and communities.

Santander Scholarships

2 x £5,000 scholarships could be available for international students undertaking a course within the IGHD. Visit http://www. qmu.ac.uk/international/ fees_funding.htm for more information

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The course offers a varied and flexible programme of practical and academic study. Applicants may complete a 'generic route' in which they self-select modules of study or a specific pathway that allows the exploration of specialist areas of practice; including the development of advanced skills in autonomous practice. Read more

Highlights

The course offers a varied and flexible programme of practical and academic study. Applicants may complete a 'generic route' in which they self-select modules of study or a specific pathway that allows the exploration of specialist areas of practice; including the development of advanced skills in autonomous practice.

The course offers a varied and flexible programme of practical and academic study. Students complete a generic route in which they self-select modules of study or a specific pathway that allows the exploration of specialist areas of practice, like the development of advanced skills in autonomous practice.

Modules

There is provision for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), dependent upon the choice of study route followed, and a flexible framework offering interim awards (postgraduate certificates and diplomas) as well as a full MSc. All routes include compulsory research modules.
Compulsory core modules

• Research methods (15 credits)
• Dissertation research project or work-based project or systematic review (60 credits)

Applicants may choose to complete a traditional research project, work-based project or a systematic review for their dissertation. This offers flexibility and allows you to undertake a dissertation which will have meaning and relevance to their particular professional circumstances.

Specialist/option modules

All named pathways include at least one specialist compulsory module. Most also include self-selected option modules:

Acute Medicine
Advanced Practice
Cardiac Care
Community and Integrated Care
Intensive Care
Maternal and Child Health
Psychosocial Interventions

Most modules are available on a free-standing basis. You may choose further option modules from the full range of postgraduate courses offered by Kingston and St George’s. This allows applicants to build a personalised programme of study to meet their specific development needs.

Application

To download an application for the course and find out more information about the process and our deadlines, please visit our website.

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The course is a flexible evidence-based postgraduate programme in contemporary advanced forensic mental health practice and research that is open to students from a multidisciplinary and multiagency background. Read more
The course is a flexible evidence-based postgraduate programme in contemporary advanced forensic mental health practice and research that is open to students from a multidisciplinary and multiagency background.

This master’s programme would be suitable for staff who are currently employed in, or who desire to be employed in, a forensic setting.

This would include settings such as:
- Secure hospitals
- Prisons
- Ministry of justice
- Probation
- Community-based services for mentally disordered offenders
- Private/independent secure sector providers

The masters programme would also be suitable for staff currently employed in settings where service users present with complex mental health/psychological needs with risk behaviours or vulnerabilities that place them at risk of contact with the criminal justice system or forensic mental health services.

This would include settings such as:
- Patient Intensive Care Units
- Early Intervention Services
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) inpatient services
- Substance Misuse Services
- Learning Disability Services

The course aims to be skills-based, so that staff completing the programme return to services with demonstrable skills to meet service objectives.

The part-time course will be run on a part-time modular basis with four modules per year for the first two years. The full-time course will feature eight modules from September to May and a dissertation from June to September. Teaching will be a blend of face-to-face teaching, e-learning and supervised clinical practice. The third year will be dedicated to completion of the Masters dissertation under close supervision from University staff.

The course is designed to be flexible, to enable students to balance academic work with existing workplace demands. Students will have options where they can choose from skills-based modules including:
- Psychosocial Interventions for Individuals with Complex Mental Health Needs
- Structured Family Interventions for Psychosis
- Developing practice and managing change

Teaching sessions will be prepared and presented by leading authorities in the field of forensic mental health. The School of Medicine has a number of affiliated staff who are leading authorities in forensic and related mental health issues including Professor Jenny Shaw, Professor Louis Appleby, Dr Caroline Logan, Dr Jane Senior, Dr Roger Webb and Dr Charlotte Lennox.

There will be an initial induction. Following this, the programme requires one day per week dedication for the part-time pathway, and two days per week full-time during term-time, which will involve periodic attendance at University. In order to achieve the practical-skills outcomes associated with some course modules, the equivalent of one day per week in practice will be required. Students are required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee and assess the clinical and/or practice work required for the programme modules.

Full-time students will require access to a suitable clinical or similar placement.

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

Key benefits:

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

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

[[Suitable for: ]]

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

Programme details:

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

Format

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

Modules

Core:

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

One module from:

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

Assessment

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

Career potential:

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

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

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This course prepares those already working in child and adolescent mental health services to help revolutionise care and better meet society’s changing demographic health needs. Read more
This course prepares those already working in child and adolescent mental health services to help revolutionise care and better meet society’s changing demographic health needs.

Who is it for?

The course is for professionals from a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education, social care, nursing, allied health professions or the voluntary sector who would like to advance their careers within services for children, young people and their families / carers.

Objectives

This MSc prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in child and adolescent mental health. You will learn to provide collaborative and compassionate care and support for children and adolescents promoting their mental health, identifying needs and recognising which therapeutic interventions are appropriate and why.

You will gain the skills, knowledge and awareness of child and adolescent psychological development, early identification, managing risk and resilience, assessment and evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in child and adolescent mental health.

The course uses a sound evidence-base to prepare you to participate in a specialist workforce, where the development of ethical and culturally-sensitive practice and the placement of the child, young person and their carer are at the centre of decision-making and service re-design. You will enhance your ability to critically evaluate and reflect on your work or the work of others who care for individuals and families where there are significant concerns and vulnerability.

You will also develop capacities to maintain the balance between working collaboratively while maintaining safe professional boundaries.

Academic facilities

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at City’s Northampton Square campus has been specially designed for teaching and reflects clinical environments and working wards, so you can familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing your placement.

Simulated practice enables you to practise your skills in a safe environment, in preparation for transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted, including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods.

You will learn in large and small multi-professional and multi-disciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters-level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment is diverse and includes essays, reflective practice, objective structured clinical examinations, practice-based assessments, poster presentations, case studies, data analysis, and seminar presentations with supporting papers.

Modules

Core modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Discipline specific modules
-Early Intervention and Psychological Development (15 credits)
-Child protection: working together, managing risk and resilience (15 credits)
-Child and adolescent mental health: therapeutic approaches and the evidence-base (15 credits)

Elective modules - two elective modules must be chosen from the following:
-Risk Assessment and Management across the life span (15 credits)
-Liaison Mental Health Care (15 credits)
-Professional Leadership (15 credits)
-Contemporary issues in mental health (15 credits)
-Psychology for health and social care (15 credits)

Career prospects

You will be able to influence the mental health of children and young people at both a direct and indirect level through the development of services and the application of inter-professional practice and research.

You will have gained a deep understanding and knowledge of child and adolescent mental health to enable them to work effectively and collaboratively across professional agencies and boundaries.

Successful completion of the MSc fulfils the requirements for higher-grade, senior advanced practice posts in health and social care and qualifies you for research posts and to conduct independent research.

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MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology is designed for those with interests or experience in the field of mental health and clinical psychology, and has a distinctive emphasis on the experiences of people who live with distress. Read more
MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology is designed for those with interests or experience in the field of mental health and clinical psychology, and has a distinctive emphasis on the experiences of people who live with distress.

You'll develop expertise in the psychology of mental health and the related area of clinical psychology. The course focuses on psychosocial approaches to the study and 'treatment' of mental distress, in both clinical and community settings. You'll explore the social and cultural context from which mental distress occurs, and the responses of those who have experienced distress first hand and develop an understanding of psychological approaches to prevention, treatment and community means of social support and guidance.

Unique course delivery

Experts by experience (sometimes referred to as service users) are heavily involved in the delivery of the course and design of the overall course structure. Jacqui Dillon (chair of the Hearing Voices Network) is a consultant on the design and implementation of this unique programme.

Clinical placements

All students complete a clinically relevant placement. LSBU has excellent links with various mental health organisations. Previous students have had placements as honorary assistant psychologists at NHS organisations including South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Previous placements outside the NHS have included a support worker at Cyrenians (a voluntary organisation supporting individuals with mental health difficulties, living in the community), and a recovery worker at Camden MIND. We can assist you in finding a suitable placement.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/mental-health-clinical-psychology-msc

Modules

- Introduction to clinical and community psychology
This course will cover a range of distressing experiences commonly encountered in mental health services, explored from a community and clinical psychology perspective.

- Research methods in psychology
You'll cover the necessary quantitative and qualitative methods required to complete a Masters dissertation.

- Psychosocial interventions and treatments
You'll be introduced to a number of interventions commonly adopted by mental health professionals, including cognitive behavioural, systemic, existential and counselling perspectives, in both clinical and community settings. Theoretical perspectives underpinning these approaches will be fully explored.

- Experts by experience
Taught by individuals who have experienced mental distress, this module will cover experiential perspectives on mental distress, exploring what it's like to live with distress, and how individuals have understood, managed and recovered from their experiences.

- Introduction to clinical skills
You'll gain practical experiences of a range of counselling and psychotherapy techniques to enrich your practical knowledge.

- Placement module
You'll have the opportunity to work directly with individuals and groups with mental health difficulties.

- Dissertation
You'll carry out an independent project, supervised by an experienced member of staff.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, examinations, presentations and a placement log.

Employability

We have placed employability at the heart of the psychology courses and the teaching and learning ensure you develop skills valuable to future employment. You'll benefit from an annual psychology specific careers day, clear signposting of skills development within modules, and career and skills development opportunities from the School and across the University.

You could go on to work in a number of areas including clinical psychology, psychotherapy, care coordination, social work, mental health nursing, and occupational therapy. The course could help with senior roles and responsibilities, management and supervision, or senior roles within charities or NGOs.

Please note that successful completion of the programme does not qualify you to practice as a clinical psychologist in the UK and will not allow you to register with the Health Professions Council as a 'practitioner psychologist', nor to use the protected title 'clinical psychologist'. If you wish to apply for UK Doctoral training you must still have a BPS accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology (a good upper second is often a minimum requirement). This Masters course does not substitute the BPS accreditation requirement.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

LSBU has strong links with a number of NHS trusts, as well as voluntary mental health organisations, including Changing Lives and the UK Hearing Voices Network.

Placements

You'll undertake a compulsory placement on this course. For example, this year 10 new placements were sourced including opportunities to work at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, as an honorary assistant psychologist.

Though staff can assist you with finding a placement, it is your responsibility to ensure you are successfully enlisted on a placement by the end of the first semester.

Teaching and learning

You'll benefit from small group teaching, as well as receive tutoring sessions to provide further advice and support for future employment. Learning will also be supported via e-learning sites.

Course leader Paula Reavey received the British Psychological Society 'Book of the Year 2014' award for 'Psychology, Mental Health and Distress', which she co-authored.

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