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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Young People (PgCert)

Course Description

Programme description

As a mental health practitioner, an understanding of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and its application in the care of children and young people is a valuable career asset.

You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles involved, and apply them in a clinical setting.

The programme provides:

A full, critical and integrated understanding of the developmental and psychological theories that underlie effective CBT interventions for depression and anxiety in childhood.
Proficiency in conducting a functional analysis of childhood problems using a range of methods.
Proficiency in developing and communicating a cognitive-behavioural formulation.
Awareness of and proficiency in the application of the most commonly used techniques associated with CBT.
An understanding of the developmental and systemic perspective of the child/young person and its relationship with their presenting problem.

Programme structure

The programme consists of two courses, which combine taught and practical elements:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Young People: Theory and Practice
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Supervised Practice

The courses are also available to be taken as stand-alone CPD for which credits will be received.

You will be assessed by structured case conceptualisations and rated taped therapy sessions.

Learning outcomes

The programme enables you to:

apply models of cognitive development to treatment
analyse clinical practice in using theoretical ideas
situate theories and practices of applied psychology in relation to wider debates
analyse and synthesise information relevant to clinical case materials and research
think from both a scientist practitioner perspective and reflective practitioner perspective

Career opportunities

CBT is recognised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and the Psychological Therapies Matrix (Scottish Government, 2011) as a recommended, evidence-based therapy for a range of disorders in childhood and adolescence.

Clinicians qualified in CBT practice have a valuable skill set for current and future posts in the NHS and related areas.

Visit the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Young People (PgCert) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates are expected to have: a UK honours degree, or its international equivalent, a professional qualification relating to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people (e.g. mental health nursing, teaching or social work). Applicants should be in current applied practice with access to clinical cases and clinical supervision while studying.

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