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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLST134 (Commissioned Course)
HLST135 (Self-Funded Course)

Study options:

1 year part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a current form of evidence-based psychological therapy recommended by NICE as a first line intervention for many psychological disorders.

This PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to increase students’ knowledge base of theory and research in CBT, and to promote a critical approach to the subject. The course also provides practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skills development to a defined standard of competence. The course is a BABCP Level 2 Accredited course in CBT and as such the course has been assessed as "providing training to the standards for Accreditation in respect of the number of training hours and supervision and number of assessed cases as laid down in the minimum training standards"

The training aims to help students to achieve the level of theoretical knowledge, reflective abilities and clinical skills to work as psychological therapists, using evidence based cognitive behaviour therapy methods in their work.

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Additional information:

  • 14 places each year are funded by Health Education England
  • Next cohort PgD starts September 2018
  • There is a Self-funding option is available for the September 2018 intake
  • BABCP training

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

This course is accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). It provides an excellent foundation for achieving accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. On successful completion of the training you will be eligible to apply for provisional accreditation with the BABCP.

Modules

Overview

For the award of PgD CBT students will need to complete four modules.

Modules

In more detail...

  • 14 places are funded annually by Health Education England and you can also self-fund your training.
  • Uniquely, an entire module dedicated to personal and professional development as a CBT therapist is included within our course.
  • 91% of ‘Psychology’ students felt staff are enthusiastic about what they teach in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), this Level 2 CBT training course provides all the necessary training as per BABCP's Minimum Training Standards.

Learn to act in accordance with the legal, ethical and professional standards and regulations of the BABCP.

Your main study themes are:

  • Fundamentals of CBT: Aims to deliver a systematic knowledge of the fundamental principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and how scientific principles and evidence inform CBT clinical practice. You will gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical and research evidence for cognitive models and an ability to evaluate the evidence. The focus will be on the core clinical competencies (skills) necessary for undertaking CBT, including cognitive models, maintenance and developmental conceptualisations of cases, and the core aspects of the cognitive and behavioural processes of therapy. 

  • CBT for anxiety: Aims to develop advanced skills in CBT for anxiety disorders, improving proficiency in the fundamental techniques and developing competencies in the specialist techniques applied to anxiety disorders. Specific models, evidence base, assessment and specialist treatment strategies will be covered in workshops on specific phobias, panic disorder, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and health anxiety.

  • CBT for depression: Aims to develop advanced skills in CBT for treating depression, improving proficiency in the fundamental techniques and developing competency in the specialist techniques used in the treatment of depression of varying degrees of severity and complexity. 

  • Personal and Professional Development: Aims to develop greater knowledge, awareness, and critical reflection on a range of professional and personal issues, all of which are fundamental to practice as a CBT therapist to work in a safe and sensitive manner and with an understanding of the context and ethical issues relevant to their work. Further aims to enable students to apply their understanding of professional issues to current working practice within IAPT and the NHS, and other mental health services.

The PgDip course is modular, offered on a part-time basis, and is delivered through a combination of university attendance, clinical placement activity, clinical supervision, and access to online learning materials.

It is taught through a range of teaching styles and opportunities, providing both an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of relevant materials and an opportunity to develop clinical competence.

These include:

  • Supervised Clinical Placement
  • Academic Lectures
  • Skills Workshops
  • Individual and group clinical supervision both within the clinical setting and within the university
  • Guided self-study
  • Individual tutorials

For the award of PgD CBT six assignments must be successfully completed during the course:

  • One literature review
  • Two case studies
  • Two process reports
  • One reflective report

Two CBT session recordings will also be formally assessed. 

A final practice portfolio is submitted on completion of the year as part of preparation for BABCP Accreditation.

On successful completion of the PgDip, you should be able to:

  • Construct maintenance and developmental CBT conceptualisations for depression and anxiety disorders
  • Develop CBT-specific treatment plans
  • Practise CBT with depression and anxiety disorders systematically, creatively and with good clinical outcomes
  • Deal with complex issues arising in CBT practice
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving therapeutic problems
  • Practise as ‘scientist practitioners’, advancing your knowledge and understanding and develop new skills to a high level
  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the principles of CBT and the evidence base for the application of CBT techniques
  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of CBT for depression and anxiety disorders
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and research evidence for cognitive behavioural models and an ability to evaluate the evidence
  • Demonstrate an ability to adapt CBT sensitively, and to ensure equitable access for people from diverse cultures and with different values.

The course is one year’s duration: two days a week at the University and three days a week in clinical placement.

Teaching is delivered on Thursday from 9.30 to 4.30 and Friday morning. Supervision is provided on Friday afternoon.

The Faculty takes pride in offering a multicultural, international experience, attracting students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and different countries, particularly Malaysia, China, India, Nigeria, Germany, Bulgaria, who provide global insight and experience. Many of the organisations we have links to operate on an international basis and we also collaborate with internationally renowned researchers across the globe.

The Postgraduate diploma is now being offered as a validated course in one of the University's partner organisations in Colombo, Sri Lanka. As such, there are opportunities for graduates of the Coventry course to become involved in the development and delivery of teaching and supervision for the Colombo course.

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In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

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international experiences

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2,264

Student experiences

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12,000

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The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

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Entry Requirements

To attend this course, you must have a relevant core mental health profession or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes, along with having access to a clinical placement in which it is possible to carry out three days a week of face-to-face, supervised CBT practice and audio/video record client sessions for assessment in the academic setting.

To check if you are eligible to apply for training please see:

In line with the National Health Service constitution we use a values-based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

To attend this course, you must have a relevant core mental health profession or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes, along with having access to a clinical placement in which it is possible to carry out three days a week of face-to-face, supervised CBT practice and audio/video record client sessions for assessment in the academic setting.

To check if you are eligible to apply for training please see:

In line with the National Health Service constitution we use a values-based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To attend this course, you must have a relevant core mental health profession or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes, along with having access to a clinical placement in which it is possible to carry out three days a week of face-to-face, supervised CBT practice and audio/video record client sessions for assessment in the academic setting.

To check if you are eligible to apply for training please see:

In line with the National Health Service constitution we use a values-based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,500 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,500 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£18,800 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Adequate access to a choice of effective psychological therapies is a key Government priority. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has a continually evolving evidence base with emphasis on therapy outcomes and robust, universally applicable treatment methods.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the most effective of available treatments across a range of psychological problems, specifically depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and phobia. As such, CBT is the basis of much mental health practice. It has become Government policy for NHS Trusts to provide patients/clients with access to CBT.

Achieving this award would provide students with the opportunity to seek roles within the psychological therapies field and broaden their career prospects.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gained employment in a range of therapeutic services, both in primary and secondary care. Graduates of the course have successfully progressed to supervisory roles and posts in management.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.