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Programme title: Cognitive Behavioural Therapies

Category of award: Postgraduate Diploma

Mode of attendance: Full-time - Mondays to Wednesdays in IAPT Centres, Thursdays and Fridays at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Duration: One year

Fees: The programme is funded by the Department of Health

Awards:
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies with Merit
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies with Distinction

Term dates: 12 October 2020 to 30 July 2021. Placements in IAPT centres are for 12 months (refer to timetable below for further information).

Department: Department of Psychology

Programme Leaders: Ms Sheena Liness and Ms Suzanne Byrne

Programme team: Charlotte Wilson

Teaching staff: Course lecturers and workshop leaders will include internationally known figures involved in developing and evaluating cutting edge cognitive behaviour treatments including Professor David Clark and Professor Steve Hollon. In addition, students will receive weekly clinical supervision on their cases from experienced practitioners.

Aims
The programme provides specialist post-qualification training in the practical skills of CBT and a review of theory and research in therapeutic efficacy and other experimental work relating to the cognitive model and therapy process.

The programme has a broad theoretical base to include a range of models with preference for approaches with the soundest evidence base and where cognitive and behavioural techniques are integrated in therapy.

In addition to providing practical intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency, the programme aims to increase students' knowledge base of theory and research in CBT and to promote a critical approach to the subject. It aims to equip students to practise independently and to contribute to the further development of CBT.

Objectives
  • To develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • To develop practical competency in cognitive behaviour therapy.
At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
  • a systematic knowledge of the fundamental principles of cognitive behaviour therapy and the evidence base for the application of cognitive behavioural techniques;
  • a systematic knowledge of cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety and depression, together with an understanding of its use in other disorders;
  • a critical understanding of the theoretical and research evidence for cognitive models and methods as applied to these disorders, and an ability to evaluate the evidence; and
  • awareness of some of the current competing and complementary approaches to CBT.
Successful students will be able to:
  • deal with complex issues arising in CBT practice systematically and creatively, construct maintenance and developmental conceptualisations of cases, and develop treatment plans;demonstrate competence in delivering cognitive behaviour therapy;
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving therapeutic problems;
  • begin to practice as 'scientist practitioners' continuing to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level; and
  • take personal responsibility for clinical decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations, and continue to learn independently from continuing professional development.

The course is an academic postgraduate course requiring evidence of critical and independent thought. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable experience in systematic therapies with a commitment to the CBT approach.

Access to suitable CBT training cases, i.e. straightforward depression and anxiety, is essential.

Teaching is pitched at a postgraduate level so candidates need to be able to produce academic work to this level relatively independently.

Students on the course need to fulfill the following criteria:
  • A professional mental health qualification (e.g. clinical psychologist, mental health nurse, BACP accredited counselor) with relevant clinical experience. Clinical Psychologist applications are accepted without post-qualifying experience due to the nature of the Clinical Psychology training.
  • Those without a core profession who have at least two years’ post-qualification experience and are able to demonstrate they meet the required KSA criteria.

Information for 2020/21 applicants
Applications open 26th May 2020 09:00 and close 14th June 2020 23:59.

For updates regarding Covid-19 Pandemic and study at the University, please refer to this webpage.

Selection process
Places on the diploma course are highly sought after. As you can imagine this means that competition, even to be interviewed, is very high.

We use a strictly-applied scoring system to rate applications on a number of dimensions, including clinical experience within a formal healthcare setting and relevant prior introductory training and supervision in cognitive behaviour therapy (this diploma is not an introductory or foundation course and requires prior supervised CBT practice and basic training).

Applicants who score highest submit forms that provide evidence that they have:

  • Significant clinical training (for example, they are qualified as clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors or senior nurses).
  • Several years post-qualification experience in adult mental health work within an NHS or equivalent mental health service.
  • Prior foundation training and supervision from a recognised CBT supervisor.
  • References from CBT supervisors that give detailed information on specific CBT experience and competency.
Applicants are scored highly if they demonstrate the above factors in their application forms and references.

The applicants interviewed provide detailed and extensive information on their clinical employment and prior training in CBT in the personal statement section of the application.



Please read this important information before attempting to apply

High-Intensity Trainee Band 6 Job Description

London IAPT Site Descriptions

KSA Process
This document provides information about the KSA process. Please do not upload any KSA information with your application - it will not be reviewed. You are only required to provide KSA self statements if you are invited to interview.

KSA process for candidates selected for interview

List of BABCP Core Professions

2020/21 timetable TBC, please see below for 2019/20

2019/20

The course consists of three terms:

Introductory Workshop
Week 1: Monday 14 to Friday 18 October 2019

Week 2: Monday 21 to Friday 25 October 2019

Fundamentals Module
Thursdays/Fridays from 31 October to 13 December 2019

Christmas break: 19 December 2019 to 1 January 2020

Anxiety Module
Thursdays/Fridays from 2 January to 10 April 2020

Reading week: 20 to 21 February 2020
Easter break: 16 to 17 April 2020
Reading week: 23 to 24 April 2020

Depression Module
Thursdays/Fridays from 30 April to 24 July 2019

Reading week: 28 to 29 May 2019

The above dates are a guideline while the timetable is finalised and may be subject to change.

There are no formal examinations. Assessment is exclusively through course assignments as follows:

Fundamentals Module
  • 1 x 5000 word theory focussed essay
  • 1 x recording of an assessment session
  • 1 x Practice Portfolio 1

Anxiety Module
  • 1 x 4000 word case study
  • 1 x therapy tape & 1000 word reflective analysis
  • 1 x Practice Portfolio 2

Depression Module
  • 1 x 4000 word case study
  • 1 x therapy tape & 1000 word reflective analysis
  • 1 x Practice Portfolio 3

Accreditation Portfolio
  • 2 x 2500 Accreditation word case reports
  • 1 x Practice Portfolio 4

Each assignment will be assessed with a rating scale designed for the purpose. All assessments are blind-marked, and borderline and discrepant marks are marked additionally with external examiners for moderation.

2020/21 assessment dates TBC, please see below for 2019/20.

Fundamentals Module

  • Assessment tape: 23 January 2020
  • Theory essay: 2 February 2020
  • Practice Portfolio 1: 27 August 2020
Anxiety Module
  • Case report: 19 April 2020
  • Therapy tape and reflective analysis: 23 April 2020
  • Practice Portfolio 2: 27 August 2020
Depression Module
  • Case report: 21 June 2020
  • Therapy tape and reflective analysis: 25 June 2020
  • Practice Portfolio 3: 27 August 2020
Accreditation Portfolio
  • Accreditation case report 1: 19 July 2020
  • Accreditation case report 2: 9 August 2020
  • Practice Portfolio 4: 27 August 2020

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Answering your queries on entry criteria, applications and more for the CBT PGDip

Aims
The programme provides specialist post-qualification training in the practical skills of CBT and a review of theory and research in therapeutic efficacy and other experimental work relating to the cognitive model and therapy process.

The programme has a broad theoretical base to include a range of models with preference for approaches with the soundest evidence base and where cognitive and behavioural techniques are integrated in therapy.

In addition to providing practical intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency, the programme aims to increase students' knowledge base of theory and research in CBT and to promote a critical approach to the subject. It aims to equip students to practise independently and to contribute to the further development of CBT.

Objectives
  • To develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • To develop practical competency in cognitive behaviour therapy.
At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
  • a systematic knowledge of the fundamental principles of cognitive behaviour therapy and the evidence base for the application of cognitive behavioural techniques;
  • a systematic knowledge of cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety and depression, together with an understanding of its use in other disorders;
  • a critical understanding of the theoretical and research evidence for cognitive models and methods as applied to these disorders, and an ability to evaluate the evidence; and
  • awareness of some of the current competing and complementary approaches to CBT.
Successful students will be able to:
  • deal with complex issues arising in CBT practice systematically and creatively, construct maintenance and developmental conceptualisations of cases, and develop treatment plans;demonstrate competence in delivering cognitive behaviour therapy;
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving therapeutic problems;
  • begin to practice as 'scientist practitioners' continuing to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level; and
  • take personal responsibility for clinical decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations, and continue to learn independently from continuing professional development.

The course is an academic postgraduate course requiring evidence of critical and independent thought. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable experience in systematic therapies with a commitment to the CBT approach.

Access to suitable CBT training cases, i.e. straightforward depression and anxiety, is essential.

Teaching is pitched at a postgraduate level so candidates need to be able to produce academic work to this level relatively independently.

Students on the course need to fulfill the following criteria:
  • A professional mental health qualification (e.g. clinical psychologist, mental health nurse, BACP accredited counselor) with relevant clinical experience. Clinical Psychologist applications are accepted without post-qualifying experience due to the nature of the Clinical Psychology training.
  • Those without a core profession who have at least two years’ post-qualification experience and are able to demonstrate they meet the required KSA criteria.

Information for 2020/21 applicants
Applications open 26th May 2020 09:00 and close 14th June 2020 23:59.

For updates regarding Covid-19 Pandemic and study at the University, please refer to this webpage.

Selection process
Places on the diploma course are highly sought after. As you can imagine this means that competition, even to be interviewed, is very high.

We use a strictly-applied scoring system to rate applications on a number of dimensions, including clinical experience within a formal healthcare setting and relevant prior introductory training and supervision in cognitive behaviour therapy (this diploma is not an introductory or foundation course and requires prior supervised CBT practice and basic training).

Applicants who score highest submit forms that provide evidence that they have:

  • Significant clinical training (for example, they are qualified as clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors or senior nurses).
  • Several years post-qualification experience in adult mental health work within an NHS or equivalent mental health service.
  • Prior foundation training and supervision from a recognised CBT supervisor.
  • References from CBT supervisors that give detailed information on specific CBT experience and competency.
Applicants are scored highly if they demonstrate the above factors in their application forms and references.

The applicants interviewed provide detailed and extensive information on their clinical employment and prior training in CBT in the personal statement section of the application.



Please read this important information before attempting to apply

High-Intensity Trainee Band 6 Job Description

London IAPT Site Descriptions

KSA Process
This document provides information about the KSA process. Please do not upload any KSA information with your application - it will not be reviewed. You are only required to provide KSA self statements if you are invited to interview.

KSA process for candidates selected for interview

List of BABCP Core Professions

2020/21 timetable TBC, please see below for 2019/20

2019/20

The course consists of three terms:

Introductory Workshop
Week 1: Monday 14 to Friday 18 October 2019

Week 2: Monday 21 to Friday 25 October 2019

Fundamentals Module
Thursdays/Fridays from 31 October to 13 December 2019

Christmas break: 19 December 2019 to 1 January 2020

Anxiety Module
Thursdays/Fridays from 2 January to 10 April 2020

Reading week: 20 to 21 February 2020
Easter break: 16 to 17 April 2020
Reading week: 23 to 24 April 2020

Depression Module
Thursdays/Fridays from 30 April to 24 July 2019

Reading week: 28 to 29 May 2019

The above dates are a guideline while the timetable is finalised and may be subject to change.

There are no formal examinations. Assessment is exclusively through course assignments as follows:

Fundamentals Module
  • 1 x 5000 word theory focussed essay
  • 1 x recording of an assessment session
  • 1 x Practice Portfolio 1

Anxiety Module
  • 1 x 4000 word case study
  • 1 x therapy tape & 1000 word reflective analysis
  • 1 x Practice Portfolio 2

Depression Module
  • 1 x 4000 word case study
  • 1 x therapy tape & 1000 word reflective analysis
  • 1 x Practice Portfolio 3

Accreditation Portfolio
  • 2 x 2500 Accreditation word case reports
  • 1 x Practice Portfolio 4

Each assignment will be assessed with a rating scale designed for the purpose. All assessments are blind-marked, and borderline and discrepant marks are marked additionally with external examiners for moderation.

2020/21 assessment dates TBC, please see below for 2019/20.

Fundamentals Module

  • Assessment tape: 23 January 2020
  • Theory essay: 2 February 2020
  • Practice Portfolio 1: 27 August 2020
Anxiety Module
  • Case report: 19 April 2020
  • Therapy tape and reflective analysis: 23 April 2020
  • Practice Portfolio 2: 27 August 2020
Depression Module
  • Case report: 21 June 2020
  • Therapy tape and reflective analysis: 25 June 2020
  • Practice Portfolio 3: 27 August 2020
Accreditation Portfolio
  • Accreditation case report 1: 19 July 2020
  • Accreditation case report 2: 9 August 2020
  • Practice Portfolio 4: 27 August 2020