Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health disorders experienced by all ages. Psychological recovery is greatly enhanced when the individual receives the correct treatment. Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy (CBP) is currently the key recommended psychological treatment for these conditions. It is essential that practitioners are prepared with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver CBP competently. This course is written to the requirements of the lead organisation in the UK which sets the competency standards for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. The teaching at the University and with Clinical colleagues in placement areas is of the highest standard. This course will fundamentally alter the way clinicians work in practice.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is a new programme for September 2019 entry, jointly offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. It is a rationalisation of two separate postgraduate diplomas in CBP/CBT which were previously offered by the two Schools. The programme provides all of the training necessary to contribute to an individual becoming accredited as a CBP therapist by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Please note that this course in not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy highlights
- The Postgraduate Diploma has been accredited by the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy professional body, The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) to Level 2 (meeting BABCP minimum training standards criteria for individual therapist accreditation on successful completion of the course). The programme is also accredited for social workers at the specialist award level with NISCC.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- The teaching team is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of accredited, skilled Cognitive Behavioural Therapy staff, who are currently involved in clinical practice and research.
The Postgraduate Diploma is delivered over three semesters during an 18 month period and provides training in the evidence-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy models that are recommended in NICE guidelines. Throughout the 18 months course training supervision is provided each morning in small groups before teaching commences. Trainees will be expected to provide therapy with a minimum of 8 clients during the course and also arrange their own clinical supervision within the agency providing the clients for the trainee.
Therapy sessions should be recorded on camera for supervision purposes and to facilitate self-reflection on practice development. Teaching and supervision are provided each Thursday in Year 1 and on Friday in Year 2 and trainees should plan for a second day to provide therapy with clients, receive supervision at base and critically review their own performance.
Each module is taught one day per week over 3 x 12-week semesters at Queen's campus. Students must attend small group training supervision sessions at Queen's. Where possible, these will be delivered during the teaching days. They are designed to facilitate the integration of research and theory with practice, and the development of skills in CBT. Clinical accountability for CBT clinical practice remains with the agency responsible for the patients.
Course Details The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) consists of 6 x 20 credit modules, which are linked to the BABCP Minimum Training Standards for therapist accreditation (Level 2) and the Specialist Level award for social workers.
Core Concepts & Skills of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders
Training Supervision of the Application of CBP Models and Skills for Depression and Anxiety Disorders – Year 1 and Year 2
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Complex Disorders
Self-Practice / Self-Reflection in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Optional)
Evidence Based Practice (Optional)
Students undertake 3 core modules and 1 optional module in Year 1 and 2 core modules in Year 2.
People teaching you
Dr Michael Duffy's main area of research interest has been mental health linked to trauma and conflict and the development of evidence based psychological interventions, in particular cognitive therapy for conflict related PTSD.
Small group supervision is provided in the morning followed by workshop teaching for the remainder of the day.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy services are an expanding area of mental health services due to an increasing demand for evidence-based psychological therapies. The award of the PG Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will enable students to apply for professional employment as fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists.
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Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:
Students attend 1 day per week, with small group supervision is provided in the morning followed by workshop teaching for the remainder of the day.
Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
Essays, case studies, supervision, recorded clinical sessions and a portfolio.
The Graduate School
All applicants will be interviewed for the PG Diploma by Programme Directors from both the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and should:
• Hold a Lower Second Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification[s);
• Have at least two years clinical/practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting where applicants have worked with mood and anxiety disorders;
• Provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies preferably CBT;
• Be currently employed in a clinical or practice setting within a suitable organisation providing therapeutic or counselling services, and
• Be in a role for the duration of the programme to access a suitable client group for practice and supervision purposes.
Applicants from a non-core profession, such as counsellors, will be expected to provide a portfolio of evidence and references to demonstrate suitable core knowledge, skills and attitudes in line with KSA guidelines produced by BABCP.
The programme is not suitable for TIER 4 international students.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) £7,710 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £7,710 Other (non-UK) EU £7,710 International N/A
Diploma (PD) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: All tuition fees quoted are for the full course and relate to two years of study.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy costs
Students are required to register for BABCP membership, the student rate costs £25. BABCP accreditation is optional for all students and would normally be applied for at the end of training at the PG Diploma level.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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