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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    See course description

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    15 August 2017

Course content

Our PGDip Psychological Intervention programme is a well-established course offering high-quality training to individuals working within psychological therapy services.

The programme addresses real-world challenges with teaching on relevant service issues, clinical presentations and input from service users themselves.

Master-classes from leaders in the field of cognitive behavioural therapy form a key component of the training curriculum, and are complemented with lectures, workshops, video role-plays, debates, trainee presentations, experiential and self-reflective sessions.

After completion of the programme, students will be qualified to deliver high-quality and NICE-compliant cognitive behavioural therapy to adults with common mental health problems, including depression and anxiety disorders.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year.

The trainees will spend two days a week at the University, the remaining three days a week occur at their place of work where they undertake supervised clinical practice. Six block weeks will be provided across the year, at the start of each module.

On successful completion of the programme trainees may apply for BABCP accreditation as a practitioner.

Example module listing

Teaching approaches

The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters with attendance at the University of Surrey required on Thursday and Friday.

There are also five week-long blocks of intensive workshops during the year. In addition to regular lectures, skills-based competencies will be developed through an innovative range of learning methods including experiential workshops, debates, presentations and video role-plays.

Weekly clinical group supervision for training cases will also be provided by members of the course team. Trainees will be expected to undertake self-directed study and will have access to the University Library and online resources.

Who should apply?

To become a High Intensity CBT Trainee you will need to have had a minimum of two years’ post qualification mental health experience and a relevant Core Professional Training in applied psychology, psychiatry, nursing, counselling, psychotherapy, occupational therapy or social work. You will be registered with a professional, regulatory body.

The minimum eligibility criteria are outlined on the BABCP website.

Applicants who do not have a core profession can meet eligibility criteria through the BABCP Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSA) pathway. Please see the BABCP website. These applicants will be required at interview to produce a KSA portfolio to demonstrate that they meet the BABCP eligibility criteria for sufficient knowledge, skills and attitude that demonstrate equivalence to a Core Professional Training.

The KSA portfolio can be completed using the template sheets below:

Equal opportunities

At the University of Surrey we are committed to equality of opportunity in access to training. The University welcomes and provides support as needed for trainees with special needs.

Values

We have a values-based recruitment approach. The High Intensity IAPT training programme at Surrey promotes the NHS values which are enshrined within the NHS constitution. The programme team is dedicated to recruiting graduates whose individual values and behaviours align to those of the NHS.

Educational aims of the programme

  • Enable trainees to achieve the indicative content as laid down by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) National Curriculum for high intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy course, in conjunction with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy requirements for Level 2 course accreditation
  • Ensure that trainees are prepared to practise safely and effectively, and in such a way that the protection of the public is assured, adhering to BABCP code of conduct
  • Enable the trainees to utilise, integrate and evaluate the evidence base available for the delivery of CBT
  • Enable trainees’ achievement of knowledge, understanding and skill acquisition as well as the development of critical thinking, problem solving and reflective capacities essential to complex professional practice
  • Enable trainees to select the relevant psychological theory and research that will be appropriate to the service contexts in which it is delivered
  • Trainees to be committed to the maintenance, development and delivery of high intensity clinical practice
  • Trainees to be committed to consultation/collaboration with service users and carers
  • Trainees to be able to function effectively, professionally and responsibly within Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy services
  • Trainees to be aware of, responsive to, and able to represent the changing needs of the Profession
  • Trainees to be sensitive and responsive to difference and diversity in clients
  • Trainees to be able to understand, and effectively communicate, with clients
  • Trainees to be able to integrate a scientist practitioner/reflective practitioner approach in their work
  • Trainees to be aware of the need to foster their own personal and professional development and to look after their own emotional and physical well-being

Professional recognition

The course is BABCP accredited and part of the Department of Health ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ programme (IAPT), which aims to improve access to evidence-based talking therapies in the NHS and any other qualified healthcare providers (AQP) through an expansion of the psychological therapy workforce and services.


Visit the Psychological Intervention (CBT) PGDip page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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