Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip 2019/20 entry

Course code:

HLST238 (Commissioned Course)

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course Director: Vickie Presley

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PgDip.CBT@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:

  • Each year a number of places are funded by Health Education England
  • BABCP training

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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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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 six modules.

Modules

  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) modules

    • Introductory CBT
    • CBT for Anxiety Disorders
    • CBT for Depression
    • Foundations of Reflective Practice
    • CBT for More Complex Cases
    • Personal and Professional Development in Clinical Practice

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...

  • Each year a number of places are funded by Health Education England, or you can choose to self-fund your training
  • Uniquely, two modules dedicated to reflective practice and personal/professional development as a CBT therapist are 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:

  • Introductory CBT: The Introductory CBT Module will focus on delivering a systematic knowledge of the fundamental principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, with the aim of developing practical competency in the core elements of CBT practice. Trainees will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the theoretical and research evidence for behavioural and cognitive models, and an ability to evaluate the evidence base. The module will aim to enable students to have an understanding of how the scientific principles inform CBT clinical practice. The module will focus on core clinical competencies necessary in undertaking CBT; this will include cognitive models, maintenance and developmental conceptualisations of cases and the core aspects of the cognitive and behavioural process of therapy.

  • CBT for Anxiety Disorders: This module aims to develop skills in CBT for anxiety disorders to an more advanced level, improving proficiency in the fundamental techniques of CBT, and developing competency in the specialist techniques applied to a range of anxiety disorders. The module will build upon learning from the 'Introductory CBT' module, developing practical competency in CBT for anxiety disorders, as well as developing critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature in this area. Specific models, evidence base, assessment and specialist treatment strategies will be covered in lectures and workshops on Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, GAD, Health Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The lectures and clinical workshops will also provide students with a strong foundation in the evidence base for working with CBT and anxiety disorders, and address the most up-to-date research developments.

  • CBT for Depression: This module will develop skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression, improving proficiency in the fundamental techniques of CBT and developing competency in the specialist techniques used in the treatment of depression. The module will build upon learning from the 'Introductory CBT' module, developing practical competency in CBT for depression, as well as developing a critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature in this area. Specific models of depression, empirical evidence, and assessment and specialist cognitive and behavioural treatment strategies will be covered in the lectures and workshops. The clinical teaching will provide students with a strong foundation in the evidence base for CBT with depression, and address the most up to date research methods. 

  • Foundations of Reflective Practice: The aim of this module is to introduce trainees to the concept of reflective practice and its role in maintaining their own and ensuring the client’s wellbeing. The role of self-reflection in professional practice will be explored with the aim of identifying key areas of personal and professional development that trainees need to work upon as part of their training as a CBT therapist and beyond. The objective is to enhance the clinician’s ability to implement and manage the process of reflection both within the therapeutic relationship and in their wider professional life. This will enable practitioners, within a supportive relationship, to become more conFdent in their ability to critically examine their clinical practice, thus enhancing professional development and the overall quality of service delivery. Trainees should be prepared to explore these issues experientially and demonstrate an ability to reflect productively on whatever emerges. The module will provide an environment offering a high degree of support combined with sufficient challenge to enable trainees to build on their strengths and progressively develop their reflective skills.
  • CBT for More Complex Cases: This module aims to build further on the Introductory CBT, CBT for Anxiety Disorders and CBT for Depression modules, by developing practical competency in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for more complex cases, and developing a critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature in this area. The module is designed to equip trainees with the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake treatment with cases involving increasing complexity. The module aims to further foster trainee competency in working with increasingly complex anxiety disorders (e.g. PTSD) and co-morbid presentations. The module will also focus on understanding transdiagnostic processes, and overcoming barriers to effective treatment and/or adapting treatment for clients with more complex needs.
  • Personal and Professional Development in Clinical Practice: This module builds on the previous ‘Foundations of Reflective Practice’ module to further enhance the trainee’s knowledge, awareness, and ability to critically reflect on a range of professional and personal issues, with the view to helping them work in a safe and sensitive manner with clients at all times. The module focuses especially on key issues that might arise in their clinical work by focusing on questions of risk, ethical challenges and the need to engage with questions of diversity as a key part of their professional practice. Experiential exercises will encourage the process of self-reflection with the view to increasing awareness of the potential problematics that may be encountered in professional life. Sessions will also highlight the role of supervision in this process and also incorporate a focus on therapist’s own views and beliefs.

The PgDip course is modular, offered on a full-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
  • Self Practice/ Self-Reflection Groups

Assessment methods will include the following:

  • A Critical Literature Review
  • Clinical Simulation Exercise
  • Clinical Case Study Reports
  • Clinical Process Analysis Reports
  • Self-Reflective Reports
  • Clinical Session Recordings
  • A Professional 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
  • Take personal responsibility for clinical decision making in straightforward and more complex situations
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving therapeutic problems
  • Practise as a ‘scientist practitioner’, advancing your knowledge and understanding and developing 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 Thursdays and Friday mornings. Clinical supervision is provided on Friday afternoons. Study breaks are also timetabled throughout the year.

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.

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


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12

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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.

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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)


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January 2020

£9,500 (per year)


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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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January 2020

£13,166 (per year)


International Scholarships

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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

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has a continually evolving and robust evidence base, and is indicated in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance across a number of psychological disorders. These include depression and a range of anxiety disorders.

Adequate access to a choice of effective psychological treatments for these problems via local 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services, continues to be a key Government priority. As such, CBT forms the basis of much mental health practice across NHS Trusts.

Achieving this award would provide students with a solid foundation in cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy, and a fantastic opportunity to seek roles within the psychological therapies field.

Where our graduates work

Graduates from our course have been successful in gaining posts as CBT therapists in both primary and secondary care services in the NHS, as well as third sector organisations. Graduates have also successfully progressed to taking on supervisory roles, management posts and teaching/training responsibilities.

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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