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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis PG Dip

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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.

Key benefits

  • The 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.

The courses have been developed with the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and designed in accordance with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Schizophrenia Guideline psychological therapy recommendations (NICE, 2003, 2014). The purpose of the courses 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 courses 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 courses are modular, following a credit framework. Two clinical skills modules build from early therapy activities (Engagement, Assessment & 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 audio recordings of therapy sessions) is a course requirement.

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Course format and assessment

The course begins with three introductory intensive one-day workshops, which aim to provide students with an overview of the model, therapeutic style and content of initial sessions. This is usually a refresher for more experienced students and sets the scene for identifying students' individual learning targets and goals. Teaching modules are examined by assignments – audio recordings, case reports and practice portfolios for the clinical modules; essays and research presentations for the academic modules. Clinical students will be required to work with at least four clients for at least 16 sessions from assessment to completion or termination of therapy over the duration of the programme.

Course Format

Therapy Skills I: Assessment and Formulation

Lectures (15 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (37 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (248 hours)

Therapy Skills II: Intervention and Supervised Practice

Lectures (15 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (37 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (248 hours)

Theoretical Background I: Psychological Models

Lectures (45 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (15 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (240 hours)

Theoretical Background II: Interventions Efficacy and Future Directions

Lectures (45 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (15 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (240 hours)

Supervised Practice in CBT for Psychosis

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (40 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (230 hours)

Supervisory Training and Revised Dissemination in CBT for Psychosis

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (40 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (230 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Learning outcomes

Course purpose

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.

Assessment

    You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

    Examination (50%) | Coursework (30%) | Practical (20%)

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take: Postgraduate Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits You are required to choose from the following modules:

    Therapy Skills I: Assessment & Formulation (30 credits)
    Therapy Skills II: Intervention & Supervised Practice (30 credits)
    Theoretical Background I: Psychological Models (30 credits)
    Theoretical Background II: Interventions Efficacy & Future Directions (30 credits)
    Supervisory Practice I: Supervised Practice in CBT for Psychosis (30 credits)
    Supervisory Practice II: Supervision, Training & Dissemination (30 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    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.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £14,070 per year (PG Dip 2022/23)

    Part time: £7,035 per year (PG Dip 2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £32,940 per year (PG Dip 2022/23)

    Part time: £16,470 per year (PG Dip 2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme. 

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Printing course handouts 
    • Society membership fees 
    • Stationary
    • Graduation costs
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

    Funding

    The courses have been developed with the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and designed in accordance with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Schizophrenia Guideline psychological therapy recommendations (NICE, 2003, 2014). The purpose of the courses 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 courses 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 courses are modular, following a credit framework. Two clinical skills modules build from early therapy activities (Engagement, Assessment & 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 audio recordings of therapy sessions) is a course requirement.

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Course format and assessment

    The course begins with three introductory intensive one-day workshops, which aim to provide students with an overview of the model, therapeutic style and content of initial sessions. This is usually a refresher for more experienced students and sets the scene for identifying students' individual learning targets and goals. Teaching modules are examined by assignments – audio recordings, case reports and practice portfolios for the clinical modules; essays and research presentations for the academic modules. Clinical students will be required to work with at least four clients for at least 16 sessions from assessment to completion or termination of therapy over the duration of the programme.

    Course Format

    Therapy Skills I: Assessment and Formulation

    Lectures (15 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (37 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (248 hours)

    Therapy Skills II: Intervention and Supervised Practice

    Lectures (15 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (37 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (248 hours)

    Theoretical Background I: Psychological Models

    Lectures (45 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (15 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (240 hours)

    Theoretical Background II: Interventions Efficacy and Future Directions

    Lectures (45 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (15 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (240 hours)

    Supervised Practice in CBT for Psychosis

    Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (40 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (230 hours)

    Supervisory Training and Revised Dissemination in CBT for Psychosis

    Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (40 hours) | Supervised learning/Self study time (230 hours)

    Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Learning outcomes

    Course purpose

    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.

    Assessment

      You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

      Examination (50%) | Coursework (30%) | Practical (20%)

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take: Postgraduate Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits You are required to choose from the following modules:

      Therapy Skills I: Assessment & Formulation (30 credits)
      Therapy Skills II: Intervention & Supervised Practice (30 credits)
      Theoretical Background I: Psychological Models (30 credits)
      Theoretical Background II: Interventions Efficacy & Future Directions (30 credits)
      Supervisory Practice I: Supervised Practice in CBT for Psychosis (30 credits)
      Supervisory Practice II: Supervision, Training & Dissemination (30 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      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.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £14,070 per year (PG Dip 2022/23)

      Part time: £7,035 per year (PG Dip 2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £32,940 per year (PG Dip 2022/23)

      Part time: £16,470 per year (PG Dip 2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme. 

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Printing course handouts 
      • Society membership fees 
      • Stationary
      • Graduation costs
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      This programme recruits in partnership with HEE and as such application deadlines and intake start dates will vary. Selected candidates will be provided with further information at the point of invitation.

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