About the course
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an increasingly popular method of psychological therapy used to treat mental and physical health problems. This course is designed for mental health professionals including nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, counsellors, doctors and social workers to extend knowledge of CBT theory and practice. Studying this course will enable you to provide CBT to clients with serious mental illness and other conditions.
There are three pathways for studying this programme
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for practitioners working in secondary care (part-time 120 credits at level 7)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (route for students taking 60 academic credits at level 7). See below for permitted combinations of the award.
- Individual module - combinations suited to staff from both secondary care mental health backgrounds or general health and social care services needing a grounding in CBT
For both the PG Diploma and PG Certificate with Clinical Practice, applicants may take a route, which allows them to focus on CBT with Psychosis.
Information about psychological intervention competence frameworks and identified serious mental illness conditions treated in secondary care services can be found on the UCL website.
The course is accredited at level 1 with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). The full PG Diploma provides all the taught components and closely supervised experience required for full accreditation with the BABCP. The course does not provide all the clinical practice hours required due to its part time status. Those wishing to progress towards full accredited practitioner status with the BABCP can access support to help with this.
For further information, please contact Tara Nelson (Course Administrator) Tel: 01482 464418.
What you'll study
The taught component of the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT runs for 2 years. The next intake will begin in September.
Basic CBT Theories and Skills
Common Disorders and Processes in Severe Mental Illness
CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
CBT for Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations in Secondary Care
Supervised Practice 1 (Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder OR Personalist Disorders and Complex Presentations)
Supervised Practice 2 (Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder OR Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations)
To allow a more flexible approach to training many people choose to take their supervised practice modules after other parts of the course have been completed. This extends their training period beyond 2 years but is conducted entirely in their service context.
Teaching takes place one day per week (Weds/Thurs) from the University of Hull. Teaching days run from 9.15am-4.30pm. Each taught module runs over 10 - 12 weeks.
Top-up training – CBT for Psychosis
Suitable for qualified mental health practitioners with existing CBT training (PG Diploma or equivalent) and experience who wish to specialise further in training for CBT for Psychosis. All applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to work academically at masters level (level 7) and should have the full support of their service and manager to attend the training and practice as a CBT therapist post training.
The top-up training route is the equivalent of the PG Cert (with practice) above. For this route, only psychosis cases and academic teaching would be taken. It is also possible to follow the PG Cert (with practice) route by choosing Personality Disorder and Complex Presentations as your taught module followed by supervised practice.
Supervised Practice 1
Supervised Practice 2
Methods of Evaluation
Assessment will take place throughout the course leading to production of an accreditation portfolio for those completing supervised practice modules. Assessment will include direct rating of clinical skills in all modules and a combination of essays, exams, case reports and reflective writing.
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