The programmes deliver the clinical skills and theoretical background to work creatively and effectively with people with a schizophrenia spectrum diagnosis. The Postgraduate Diploma in CBT for psychosis (CBTp) is designed for qualified mental health practitioners and covers both the clinical skills and theoretical background required to become an innovative and successful practitioner of CBTp. We recommend completion of the programme on a part-time basis, over two years. A fast-track one year full time option is available for students with previous experience of relevant clinical work and masters level study. The Postgraduate Certificate in Therapy Skills emphasises the clinical skills component of the programme, for mental health practitioners who are primarily concerned with clinical practice, rather than academic development. The Postgraduate Certificate in Theoretical Background is designed for people without a mental health qualification, for researchers or academics, or as an introduction to CBTp. Students attend seminars and workshop teaching in order to acquire a detailed understanding of psychological models and interventions, together with their evidence base, but clinical supervision is not usually provided. Certificate programmes are offered on a part-time basis over a calendar year.
The programmes have been developed with the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and designed in accordance with the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence Schizophrenia Guideline psychological therapy recommendations (NICE, 2003, 2009). The purpose of the programmes is to improve the delivery of cognitive behavioural interventions for people with psychosis. CBTp is a complex therapeutic intervention and requires of independent practitioners an advanced theoretical understanding of cognitive models of psychosis and specialist post-qualification skills in relationship building, assessment, formulation and intervention. Our programmes train students in each of these requirements, enabling them to develop competence then mastery in therapy delivery, and to provide consultancy, training and supervision to others.
The programmes are modular, following a credit framework. Two clinical skills modules build from early therapy activities (Engagement, Assessment and Formulation – Module 1) through to intervention and specialised applications (Intervention & Supervised Practice; Module 2). Two academic modules develop students' critical appraisal of the theory underlying psychological models of psychosis (Theoretical background I: Psychological Models, Module 3) and the evidence base for interventions (Theoretical Background II: Interventions, efficacy & future directions, Module 4). Diploma students complete all four modules; clinical skills certificate students complete Module 1 and Module 2 only; theoretical background certificate students complete Modules 3 and Module 4 only.
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Case supervision is strongly emphasised on the clinical programmes. Weekly morning supervision sessions take place in small groups (four to five) on the teaching day with all supervision carried out by the programme team. Additional close supervision (listening to audiorecordings of therapy sessions) is a course requirement.
Programme Directors: Professor Philippa Garety; Dr. Emmanuelle Peters; Professor Elizabeth Kuipers Programme Leaders: Dr. Elaine Hunter/Dr. Louise Johns/Dr Juliana Onwumere/ Dr Suzanne Jolley
This programme contributes to but does not fulfil the BABCP supervision/training requirements necessary for registration as an accredited CBT therapist.
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 120/ECTS 60
PG Dip 16 months PT, eight months fast-track FT also available. PG Cert programmes one year PT. Programmes start January 2013 (attendance is Thursdays only at the Institute of Psychiatry).
Denmark Hill Campus.
Graduates go on to deliver specialised CBT for Psychosis within their clinical services. Career progression to therapy practitioner or supervisor/manager/trainer is common following successful completion of the course. Academic training equips graduates with the skills to develop their own research ideas and to undertake teaching in their local institutions. Qualification for practitioner accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) after successfully completing the programme will depend upon your prior experience.
Year of entry 2013