This course is accredited at Level 2 by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), so you can be confident that you’ll be trained as an autonomous cognitive behavioural psychotherapist to the highest standards.
This programme focuses on your personal and professional development by:
Increasing your theoretical understanding
Enhancing your clinical and professional skills
Increasing your awareness to become a ´reflective practitioner´ operating from a scientific evidence base
Deepening personal insight
Our aim is to help you to become a skilled, independent cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. If you’re a caring professional who would like to develop expertise in evidence-based psychotherapy, this course is for you.
You’ll be encouraged to become a reflective practitioner and increase your awareness and theoretical understanding of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. You’ll consider the theoretical, social, cultural and ideological contexts in which your clients perceive, confront and manage problems.
These normally include an undergraduate degree in a health and social care related area including work experience in a relevant field.
Applicants with a core profession in mental health nursing, occupational therapy, social work, psychiatry, psychology or counseling will require post qualification experience.
Individuals without a recognised core profession can be considered through the development of a Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSA) portfolio of evidence plus relevant experience in a health and social care setting.
Applicants with a qualification in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, or substantive experience in supervised practice may be eligible for entry via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required as they provide the criminal records checking service for the programme.
This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.
From November you’ll need to commence your clinical placement and allow time for clinical supervision. We can provide you with a list of current placements, although securing a placement will be your responsibility. We have strict requirements for supervisors in terms of qualifications and experience, therefore we ask you to find a BABCP accredited practitioner who offers supervision.
You’ll study these modules:
Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
This module reviews and critiques the main sources of research within cognitive behavioural theory and practice. This will establish a firm basis from which you can develop your use of evidence and knowledge to inform your practice in this and future modules. Learning is delivered through group work, problem-based learning, lectures and skills practice.
Cognitive Behavioural Specialist Practice (Adult or Children and Young People)
This module builds on your fundamental understanding of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. You’ll develop your specialist practice and applied theoretical understanding of a range of human psychological and emotional problems within the context of a cognitive behavioural research evidence base. It is taught using problem solving, lectures and skills practice.
Cognitive Behavioural Professional Requirements
This module forms the basis towards becoming an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. It is delivered through lectures and skills practice.
You’ll study these modules:
Ethics, Law and Research in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours needed to build up your competency to practise as an autonomous cognitive behavioural practitioner. You’ll also broaden your focus by developing an understanding of the epistemology of research and the use of research methods, ethics and legal frameworks that are essential for competent professional practice and lifelong learning within a psychotherapeutic context. This module is delivered through lectures and seminars.
Cognitive Behavioural Advanced Practice and Professional Requirements (Adult or Children and Young People)
During this module, you’ll develop your understanding of a range of complex human psychological and emotional problems, including relationship difficulties, within the context of the cognitive behavioural research evidence base. You’ll continue to apply theory to practice by discussing individual case studies and learn how to present complex clients in preparation for your clinical exam. This module is supported by specialist lecturers.
You’ll study this module:
During this triple module you’ll have the opportunity to investigate in detail a chosen area of practice relevant to your profession. This module is delivered through research supervision.
As an autonomous cognitive behavioural psychotherapist you will be able to further your career in employment as diverse as social services, the NHS, probation services, primary care, social services, education, or the voluntary and private sectors. Some of our students have taken up research posts or commenced Doctoral level training. The Children and Young People pathway will support your progression in areas such as child and adult mental health services, social care, youth justice, education, the NHS, or child and family agencies in the voluntary or independent sectors.
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