Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip 2020/21 entry

Course code:

HLST238 (Commissioned Course)

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

Course Director: Vickie Presley

+44 (0)24 77657 630

 

 

 


PgDip.CBT@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLST238 (Commissioned Course)

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

Course Director: Vickie Presley

+44 (0)24 77657 630

 

 

 


PgDip.CBT@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLST238 (Commissioned Course)

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

Course Director: Vickie Presley

+44 (0)24 77657 630

 

 

 


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 attempts to promote a critical approach to the subject. The course also aims to provide practical, intensive and detailed skills training to try and 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 support students to achieve the level of theoretical knowledge, reflective abilities and clinical skills we believe is needed when considering work in the field of psychology b, using evidence based cognitive behaviour therapy methods in their work.

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Additional information:

  • Each year, a number of places are usually funded by Health Education England.
  • Next cohort PgDip CBT January 2021.
  • There is a self-funding option available for the course (subject to course capacity).
  • 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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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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)

British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

This course is currently accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)*. Upon successful completion, we believe that it provides an excellent foundation when looking at achieving accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist,

As it stands, on successful completion of the training you will be eligible to apply for provisional accreditation with the BABCP*.

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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.

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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 should equip individuals to achieve the skills required when looking at becoming an independent CBT practitioners. In addition to exploring practical, intensive and detailed skills training to attempt to enhance 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

In order to successfully complete the course and gain the award of PgDip CBT, students will need to complete and pass all six modules:

Modules

  • Year One

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

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 as it stands, a number of places are usually funded by Health Education England*, or you can choose to self-fund your training if there are available places.
  • 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.
  • Currently accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP*), this Level 2 CBT trainingcourse aims to provide all the necessary training as per BABCP's Minimum Training Standards. *this may be subject to change in the future.

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 explore the theoretical and research evidence for behavioural and cognitive models, and evaluate the evidence base. The module aims 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; including 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 explore and develop skills in CBT for anxiety disorders to a more advanced level, with he objective of 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, exloring practical competency in CBT for anxiety disorders, and 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 should also provide students with a strong foundation in the evidence base for working with CBT and anxiety disorders, and aims address the most up-to-date research developments.
  • CBT for Depression: This module aims to explore and develop skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression, considering the fundamental techniques of CBT and aiming to develop competency in the specialist techniques used in the treatment of depression. The module will build upon learning from the 'Introductory CBT' module, aiming to develop practical competency in CBT for depression, and 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 should 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 try 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 should enable practitioners, within a supportive relationship, to become more confident in their ability to critically examine their clinical practice, thus aiming to enhance 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. We will try to offer a high degree of support combined with sufficient challenges to which should 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 aiming to developpractical competency in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for more complex cases, and a critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature in this area. The module is designed to try 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 , aiming to 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 explores 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 should 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 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, which is aimed at 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
  • A Clinical Simulation Exercise
  • Clinical Case Study Reports
  • Clinical Process Analysis Reports
  • Self-Reflective Reports
  • Clinical Session Recordings
  • A Professional Practice Portfolio

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 Coventry 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 aims to provide a multicultural, international experience, attracting students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and different countries, previously including past students from Malaysia, China, India, Nigeria, Germany, Bulgaria, who may 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. In previous years, much of this travel was made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which aimed to enable students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as to try to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills. To see what international experiences are available now you can visit:

*International experienced and trips abroad are subject to availability/change and additional fees may apply.

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Student experiences

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


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

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.

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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 2021

£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 2021

£9,500 (per year)


Scholarships

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

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Fee


January 2021

£13,833 (per year)


Scholarships

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

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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) we believe 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.

In our opinion, dequate 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, CBTwe believe forms the basis of much mental health practice across NHS Trusts.

On successful completion of this course this award should provide students with a solid foundation in cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy, and an opportunity to try and gain a role within the feld of psychological.

Where our graduates work

Some of our previous 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. Some previous graduates of this course 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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