The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Personality Disorder can be studied as a stand-alone award, or can be taken as the first year of the MSc in Personality Disorder, for which there are two routes: MSc (Research) and MSc (Practice Development). Both are interprofessional learning environments and aim to meet the knowledge and understanding framework promoted by the Department of Health, to assist practitioners to gain the knowledge and skills required to work with the client suffering from a personality disorder to achieve recovery.
Informal enquiries are welcomed. Students should have an honours degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject (i.e. health related, pure science or social science) from an approved institution of higher education. If you do not meet these criteria you are advised to contact the course leader for advice. Transfer of credits in accordance with University regulations may be possible.
Students normally have at least two years post qualifying clinical experience in practice OR proof of equivalent experience in practice.
Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.
Have identified a work based mentor, who will support and guide your development throughout the course.
Be able to provide two references (one practice/work and one academic).
Be able to satisfy the course leader that you are competent to pursue the programme.
All students will be interviewed. The purpose of this discussion is first to ensure that you understand the nature of the programme and its demands and to pathway plan your modular route leading to the identified award and exit point. Identification of financial support will be noted.
Your application will be considered on its merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme. If you do not meet the above criteria you may still be considered for admission to the programme; you will be required to provide evidence of suitable experience and supportive qualifications.
NU3309: Theoretical Context of Personality Disorder (Single module)
NU4015: Assessment & Therapeutic Approaches to Personality Disorder (Double module)
There are three modules which span across the full academic year and aim to assist you to develop new skills and knowledge, thus potentially making a difference for both the client and the service. The first module, NU3309, is theoretical in nature and assists you to develop core knowledge about personality disorder and formulation. The second double module, NU4015 moves onto positive ways to assess and deliver therapeutic interventions for the person with personality disorder.
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