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Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) (MSc/PGDip)

Course Description

The MSc Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) is a researcher-practitioner degree aimed at those who want to develop a career in research and academia. It provides you with a platform to occupy senior management positions in the NHS and healthcare organisations.

The MSc course enables you to undertake research in the area of positive psychology, in particular the areas of resilience, flourishing and positive development.

You can progress to the MSc after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.

The course is unique in using positive psychology principles and practice for the development of resilience and flourishing in clients with mental health issues. During the first and second year you'll have an opportunity to take part in a question-and-answer session in person with Dr Christine Padesky, and one to two online group sessions where you'll be able to discuss some client issues common to the whole group. This is a unique opportunity to learn from a master clinician.

In the first two years the course will be delivered one weekend a month, and in the final year modules 7 and 8 will take place on a weekday (usually a Monday or Wednesday).

Subject to validation conditions being met.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/advanced-cbt-practice-resilience-and-positive-development-msc

The PgDip runs over two years part-time. You'll attend university 10 weekends each year (total 20 weekends), so the course is ideally suited to those in full-time employment.


Year 1:
- Module 1: Fundamentals of CBT
- Module 2: Advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of anxiety
- Module 3: Advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of depression, suicidality and low self esteem

Year 2:
- Module 4: Classic and metacognitive approaches for the treatment of complex presentations
- Module 5: Introduction to positive psychology
- Module 6: CBT interventions for the development of resilience and flourishing

Year 3:
- Module 7: Research in health and social care
- Module 8: Dissertation

Students who have successfully completed year one and two will not have study module 4 (Classic and metacognitive approaches for the treatment of complex presentations), when progressing to the full MSc.

All modules are assessed by a mix of case studies, audio tapes and self-reflective essays.


In addition to having already obtained or being eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation, at the end of the MSc you will have a research-practitioner degree. You will be able to practice in the NHS and in private practice. Your services will be in high demand because you will be trained to enable people to climb onto pathways of resilience and flourishing in their lives, thereby producing positive development. In addition to the above you will also be able to apply for academic positions as a lecturer and/or a researcher. You may then wish to continue your studies in the form of a PhD.

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.

Visit the Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) (MSc/PGDip) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK bachelors degree (2:1 or above) normally in a related field and a professional qualification such as nurse, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, doctor, or social worker. Psychological Well-being Practitioners (PWPs) are welcome to apply; OR UK bachelors degree (2:1 or above) normally in Psychology or health related subject plus some experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment (part- time equivalent). Students should have been assessing or treating patients for not less than 6 months via face-to-face or telephone contact.

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