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Do you want to help people who are vulnerable to stigma and isolated from society? Our MSc in Psychosocial Interventions covers psychological and social approaches used to manage mental health and improve the way people integrate in society. Read more
Do you want to help people who are vulnerable to stigma and isolated from society? Our MSc in Psychosocial Interventions covers psychological and social approaches used to manage mental health and improve the way people integrate in society. You'll learn skills and knowledge that will help you make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Visit the website: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/health-and-social-sciences/pt/psychosocial-interventions-pt-1718

Is this course for me?

We live in a society where mental health is stigmatised. A negative social environment can often make an individual's condition worse and recovery longer. Psychosocial Interventions don't just look at an individual's psychological state but also their social environment. Therefore as well as treating the illness, psychosocial interventions focus on making sure the individual has a supportive environment.

Typically this course is of interest to students who have a degree in the social sciences, nursing or mental health. A background in psychology gives you a useful insight to mental health and research methods but it is not essential.

This course also attracts practitioners in health, mental health and forensic settings who already work with people who benefit from psychosocial interventions.

What will this course cover?

Psychosocial interventions relate to an individual's psychological development and how it affects them within a social environment. The course covers a range of psychological and social approaches. Psychological approaches can be broadly classified into behavioural, cognitive, humanistic and motivational. On the other hand, social approaches emphasise working with families or wider social networks.

The course begins by focusing on broad themes such as motivation, recovery, hope, resilience, and problem solving. You will then cover specific interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy, family intervention skills and positive psychology. You will also cover forensic health skills, applied research skills and data analysis. In year two you will complete a dissertation in your area of interest.

You will learn about various clinical approaches and learn how to develop creative solutions when dealing with complex issues. By the end of the course you will understand the main concepts, theories and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions.

You'll be able to identify physical and mental health problems, recognise the basic tools needed and how to apply them to the problem.

Attendance and Personal Study

You will be expected to attend 20 days per year at the University and allocate time each week for self-directed study.

Modules

Year One
• Foundations of PSI: Underlying principles, concepts and values
• Forensic Health Skills
• Family Intervention Skills

Year Two
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Skills & Interventions
• Positive Psychology in Practice
• Applied Research Skills
• Data Analysis and Interpretation
• Postgraduate Dissertation

Careers

Our MSc in Psychosocial Interventions teaches you how to make a lasting impact on the lives of people affected by mental and physical illness. We will prepare you to help individuals overcome their challenges.

By the time you finish the course you'll have the ability to put theory into practice. You'll be prepared to deal with complex issues and be able to make effective judgments in a professional setting.

With the ability to critically reflect and problem solve when faced with clinical issues, you'll be ready to apply the theory of psychosocial interventions to the challenges you face from day to day.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/

Funding

There are a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students which include sponsorship, bursaries, scholarships and loans: http://bucks.ac.uk/fees_funding/postgraduate-masters-scholarships/

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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 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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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 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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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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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.

Modules

Introduction to clinical and community psychology
Research methods in psychology
Psychosocial interventions and treatments
Experts by experience
Introduction to clinical skills
Placement module
Dissertation

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

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.

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.

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.

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Health psychologists apply their knowledge of psychology and health to understand illness and promote health and wellbeing. They aim to enhance psychological and emotional outcomes for individuals who are ill or who have a disability. Read more
Health psychologists apply their knowledge of psychology and health to understand illness and promote health and wellbeing. They aim to enhance psychological and emotional outcomes for individuals who are ill or who have a disability.

Course details

They develop healthcare policy and work to improve the healthcare system.There is an urgent need to produce graduates who have experience of an interdisciplinary approach and who can apply both their academic knowledge to understand and contribute to the development of topics in health psychology as well as their practical skills to enhance practices such as stress and pain management in clinical health contexts. Furthermore, skills acquired by postgraduate psychological researchers are needed to promote evidence-based practice in healthcare.

The health psychology programme at Teesside presents a coherent programme of study which, at the same time, reflects the major debates and produces graduates who can creatively and innovatively contribute to the development of their field. The programme encourages you to develop your own interests within health psychology and to explore how health psychologists can work within these specialist areas. Health psychologists work in a variety of settings including the NHS, universities, private practice, health-related organisations, within communities and schools.

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides Stage 1 practitioner training, a pre-requisite for Stage II training in Health Psychology and Chartered Psychologist status.

What you study

The course comprises six core modules that aim to develop your knowledge of how psychology can be employed to facilitate and protect health, and develop your ability to effect change and suggest alternatives in healthcare provision.

You will explore current issues in health psychology, and gain transferable and practical skills to facilitate progression in the field of health psychology. Supported by a research methods team with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods, you will critically evaluate the nature and practice of research in health psychology, study research ethics and integrity and systematic reviewing, and develop skills in advanced research design and analysis.

The programme aims to develop writing and presentation skills that are transferable to practice, including conference presenting and writing for publication. Throughout the programme, you will be encouraged to think critically and reflect upon your skills development. Emphasis is given to the study of clinical and professional skills and you will be equipped with theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable effective communication with patients and health professionals. You will explore our range of physiological measures, have an opportunity to practice assessment techniques and will gain knowledge of interventions including mindfulness, guided imagery and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Opportunities are provided for you to gain work experience in healthcare practice as well as to work alongside academic staff to conduct health psychology research and evaluation. The programme has strong links to organisations providing a range of volunteering opportunities as well as external agencies, including the NHS and within the public health sector.

Modules
-Applied Research Methods
-Clinical and Professional Skills in Health Psychology
-Current Topics in Health Psychology
-Health Psychology in Context
-Interventions in Health Psychology
-Research Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

You learn by knowledge and skills acquisition through directive teaching, group discussions, independent exploration and examination of academic resources. You will work with project data, review professional practice scenarios, and will have an opportunity to present a poster at our annual Teesside University Psychology Conference.

The course is delivered by a team of experts with wide-ranging research, consulting and practice expertise. There are also contributions from practitioners working in the fields of research, consultancy, and NHS practice.

Staff areas of specialism include: breast cancer, complementary and alternative therapies, neurological conditions, doctor-patient communications, psychosocial interventions and sexual health. The team has close links with the Psychology Research Unit within the Social Futures Institute (SoFI) and with AskFuse, The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

A range of assessment methods is used, from traditional essays and examinations to a critical review, poster presentation, and a video of you conducting a stress management intervention. You will develop a research proposal including a mini systematic review and will reflect on your skills and development. Your final research project is written in the style of a research article.
Previous students have conducted their final project research on topics including:
-The male pill
-Quality of life and the utility of a guided imagery intervention for individuals with motor neurone disease
-Subject and neural indicators of health-related anxiety as a consequence of using the internet
-Experiences of being a mother with epilepsy
-The effectiveness of weight loss management groups
-Stress management
-Chronic disease

Employability

After Stage 1, you can become a Chartered Psychologist by successfully completing Stage 2 training in Health Psychology. This will confer eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC and use the protected title of ‘Health Psychologist’.

The course team includes experienced supervisors of the British Psychological Society Qualification in Health Psychology (QHP Stage 2). The MSc programme additionally provides you with the skills to pursue a PhD and the course team have the expertise to supervise a broad range of health psychology topics.

Following the MSc, our students frequently progress to a PhD, undertake the QHP Stage 2 and obtain posts within academia, the NHS, and public health services.

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The Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH) at USF prepares you to address disparities in the current health care delivery system. Read more
The Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH) at USF prepares you to address disparities in the current health care delivery system. As a student in our program, you will examine the intersection of social, physical and psychological factors that impact health and well-being. Through inter-disciplinary classes, fieldwork experiences, and a capstone project, you learn psychosocial interventions as well as tools for planning, managing and evaluating community-based programs and services.

Our graduates have learned to become effective team members, who have acquired the tools to improve the accessibility and delivery of health and mental health programs. We look to our graduates to become leaders in designing the evidence-based, integrated health practices that are the cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act.

Program Highlights

- Program can be completed in 12 months
- Classes meet twice a week in the evenings
- Courses are designed to teach practical, real world skills
- Curriculum is fully integrated so that courses build on one another
- Classes are small, inter-professional and highly interactive
- Internships, located throughout San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, allow students to apply classroom learning in the field under the guidance of a preceptor and USF faculty
- Faculty are accomplished academics and practitioners

What is Behavioral Health?

Some use the term "behavioral health" to refer strictly to mental health care or substance abuse counseling. At USF we think of behavioral health more broadly. In our MSBH program, behavioral health involves analyzing and understanding how human behavior is influenced by social, physical and mental factors and how human behavior, in turn, impacts physical well-being, empowerment, and engagement in all aspects of care.

The MS in Behavioral Health program is designed for people:

- Interested in human behavior, especially the intersection between mental and physical health
- Wanting to start a career in behavioral healthcare
- Currently working in the healthcare system and wanting additional skills in interdisciplinary team leadership, program evaluation, and project management
- Wanting a foundation for other careers such as medicine or dentistry

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