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Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) - Top-up to MSc

  • Study Type

    Part time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year part-time

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    16 June 2017

Course content

* Applications for this course are closed. Please check back later in the year for more details.

The MSc Top-up Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) is a researcher-practitioner degree aimed at those high intensity IAPT practitioners 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 course enables you to add to your classic CBT training all the knowledge and skills required to treat clients using resilience training and the principles of positive development, as well as undertake research in these areas. You will need to enrol and successfully complete Module 6 of the PGDip Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development). You will then to take modules 7 and 8 to qualify for the MSc Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development).

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.

The first module of the MSc top-up is module 6 of the PgDip (CBT interventions for the development of resilience and flourishing) and will be delivered one weekend a month. Modules 7 and 8 will take place on a weekday (usually a Monday or Wednesday).


Module 6: CBT interventions for the development of resilience and flourishing
Module 7: Research in health and social care
Module 8: Dissertation

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. Your services will therefore be in great demand as you will have unparalleled competence in furthering the well-being of the general public. 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) - Top-up to MSc page on the London South Bank University website for more details!





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