Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip 2019/20 entry

Course code:

HLST238 (Commissioned Course)

Study options:

1 year part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

CBT PgD:
Vickie Presley
Matthew Wilcockson

+44 (0)24 7765 7806
+44 (0)24 7765 8328

 


vickie.presley@coventry.ac.uk

matthew.wilcockson@coventry.ac.uk

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.

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Simulation Ambulance

Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

Course information

This course aims to train students to deliver CBT to people with depression and a range of anxiety disorders.

Successful completion of the training equips individuals to be skilled and independent CBT practitioners. In addition to providing practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skills development to a defined standard of competence, the course aims to increase trainees’ knowledge base of theory and research in CBT, and to promote a critical approach to the subject.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

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

Modules

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include literature reviews, case studies, process reports, reflective reports, CBT session recordings and a final practice portfolio.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


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.

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Fee


January 2020

£9,500 (per year)


UK 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.

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Fee


January 2020

£9,500 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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!

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Fee


January 2020

£13,166 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to satisfactory health clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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