Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip 2021/22 entry

Course code:

HLST238

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:

HEE funded

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Course code:

HLST238

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

 

 

 


Course code:

HLST238

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:

HEE funded

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

 

 

 


Overview

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

This PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to increase your 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 facilitate skills development to a defined standard of competence. The course is a British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Level 2 Accredited course in CBT and as such the course has currently 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 you to achieve the level of theoretical knowledge, reflective abilities and clinical skills needed when considering work in the field of psychological therapy, using evidence-based cognitive behaviour therapy methods in your work.

The course is 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.

Additional information:

  • Each year, a number of places are usually funded by Health Education England. HEE commissioned places are available to those candidates who have an NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) commissioned clinical placement. Placements usually advertise their own trainee therapist vacancies (e.g. on the NHS Jobs website) and we conduct a joint recruitment process with them (academic screening and interview)
  • There is a self-funding option available for the course (subject to course capacity).

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.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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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 of the training you should be eligible to apply for provisional accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist 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

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Course information

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

Successful completion of the training should equip you with the skills required to become an independent CBT practitioner. In addition to providing practical, intensive and detailed skills training to give you the opportunity to enhance skills development to a defined standard of competence, the course also aims to increase your 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 mandatory modules:

Modules

  • Introductory CBT

    The Introductory CBT module focuses on giving you 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. You 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 you to have an understanding of how the scientific principles inform CBT clinical practice. You 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

    In this module you will explore and develop skills in CBT for anxiety disorders to a more advanced level, with the objective of improving proficiency in the fundamental techniques of CBT, and developing your competency in the specialist techniques applied to a range of anxiety disorders. You will build upon your learning from the 'Introductory CBT' module, exploring 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 aim to be be covered in lectures and workshops on Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The lectures and clinical workshops should also provide you with a strong foundation in the evidence base for working with CBT and anxiety disorders, and aims to 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 aims to develop your competency in the specialist techniques used in the treatment of depression. The module will build upon your learning from the 'Introductory CBT' module, aiming to further develop your 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 you 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 you to the concept of reflective practice and its role in maintaining your 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 you need to work on as part of your training as a CBT therapist and beyond. The objective is to try to enhance your ability as a clinician to implement and manage the process of reflection both within the therapeutic relationship and in your wider professional life. This should enable you, within a supportive relationship, to become more confident in your ability to critically examine your clinical practice, thus aiming to enhance professional development and the overall quality of service delivery. You should be prepared to explore these issues experientially and demonstrate an ability to reflect productively on whatever emerges. We aim to offer a high degree of support combined with sufficient challenges, which should enable you to build on your strengths and progressively develop your 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 develop practical 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 you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake treatment with cases involving increasing complexity. The module aims to further foster your competency in working with increasingly complex anxiety disorders (e.g. PTSD) and co-morbid presentations. The module also aims to 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

    This module builds on the previous Foundations of Reflective Practice module, aiming to enhance your knowledge, awareness, and ability to critically reflect on a range of professional and personal issues, with the view to helping you work in a safe and sensitive manner with clients at all times. The module explores key issues that might arise in your clinical work by focusing on questions of risk, ethical challenges and the need to engage with questions of diversity as a key part of your professional practice. Experiential exercises should encourage the process of self-reflection with the view to increasing awareness of the potential problems that may be encountered in professional life. Sessions will also highlight the role of supervision in this process and incorporate a focus on the therapist’s own views and beliefs.

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 usually funded by Health Education England*, or you can choose to self-fund your training if there are available places
    *HEE commissioned places are available to those candidates who have an NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) commissioned clinical placement. Placements usually advertise their own trainee therapist vacancies (e.g. on the NHS Jobs website) and we conduct a joint recruitment process with them (academic screening and interview)
  • Two modules are dedicated to reflective practice and personal/professional development as a CBT therapist are included within our course (Foundations of Reflective Practice and Personal and Professional Development in Clinical Practice)
  • Currently accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), this Level 2 CBT training course aims to provide all the necessary training as per BABCP's Minimum Training Standards.

The PgDip course is 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 may 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.


**To be eligible to enrol on the course, you must have an appropriate clinical placement. It is your responsibility to secure an appropriate placement (NHS IAPT commissioned placement or equivalent), where you will work for three days per week for the 12-month duration of the course.

Assessment methods may 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 will 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

On successful completion of the PgDip, you will be able to:
The course is one year’s duration: two days a week at Coventry University and three days a week in clinical placement*. There are approximately 11 hours teaching contact hours per week.

Teaching contact hours within the university may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

*To be eligible to enrol on the course, you must have an appropriate clinical placement. It is your responsibility to secure an appropriate placement (NHS IAPT commissioned placement or equivalent), where you will work for three days per week for the 12-month duration of the course.

 

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Entry Requirements

To study this course, you must be working in a relevant core mental health profession or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes via a ‘KSA’ portfolio. You must also have 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 be eligible to enrol on the course, you must have an appropriate clinical placement. It is your responsibility to secure an appropriate placement (NHS IAPT commissioned placement or equivalent), where you will work for three days per week for the 12-month duration of the course.

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

In line with the NHS 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 study this course, you must be working in a relevant core mental health profession or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes via a ‘KSA’ portfolio. You must also have 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 be eligible to enrol on the course, you must have an appropriate clinical placement. It is your responsibility to secure an appropriate placement (NHS IAPT commissioned placement or equivalent), where you will work for three days per week for the 12-month duration of the course.

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

In line with the NHS 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 study this course, you must be working in a relevant core mental health profession or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes via a ‘KSA’ portfolio. You must also have 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 be eligible to enrol on the course, you must have an appropriate clinical placement. It is your responsibility to secure an appropriate placement (NHS IAPT commissioned placement or equivalent), where you will work for three days per week for the 12-month duration of the course.

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

In line with the NHS 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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January 2022

HEE funded (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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January 2022

TBC (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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January 2022

HEE funded (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.

Course essentials - additional costs

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment or materials,

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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) 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 can form 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 seek a role within the field of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy.

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 2020/21 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 course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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