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The PG Dip programme equips students with a critical understanding of psychological models of psychosis and the skills to deliver high quality and creative cognitive behavioural interventions. The shorter PG Cert programmes focus on clinical skills, for clinicians, or on theoretical background for researchers, academics and non-practitioners.
Internationally renowned centre for the development and evaluation of cognitive behavioural interventions for people with psychosis offers unrivalled access to current innovations in practice and research.
Close supervision with expert practitioners develops students' ability to become skilled and creative independent practitioners of CBT for Psychosis.
Develops students' skills in training and supervising other professionals and thus improves the provision of CBT for Psychosis in students' own work settings.
Application status Open
Duration PG Dip two years (part-time); one year fast-track (full-time) - PG Cert one year (part-time). Next intake January 2016.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60
Programme accreditations This programme contributes to but does not fulfil the BABCP supervision/training requirements necessary for registration as an accredited CBT therapist.
Course intake 16 FT.
Course leaders 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
Course contact for further information Jackie Sansom (Course Administrator), +44 (0)20 7848 0282.
Course contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
Awarding institution KIng's College London
Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Department Department of Psychology
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General entry advice
All applicants need to demonstrate the ability to work effectively at master's level, and an interest in and enthusiasm for psychological approaches to working with people with psychosis. PG Dip and Clinical PG Cert applicants must also have a recognised professional mental health qualification obtained by a formal examination, with post qualification experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems, and be based in the NHS (or equivalent) with access to suitable clients.
Applications which fulfil the entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis by the programme leaders. Selected applicants will be invited for interview. Clinical candidates selected for interview will additionally be requested to participate in a short role-play with an actor playing the role of the client and a brief, written case formulation exercise.
Please detail your previous training in, and experience of working with people with psychosis and of providing therapy, both to people with psychosis and in other settings. This should include type of therapy (eg CBT or Supportive Counselling), approximate numbers of clients worked with and length of therapy.
The deadline for applications is 31 October 2016 for 2017 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.
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.Click here for a diagram showing the module structure of the programme.
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.
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.
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.
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£10,460 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*
£24,750 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*
£5,230 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*
£12,375 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*
*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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