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Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

NAM-PD-CB

UCAS Code

JACS Code

B700 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A second class honours degree in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification[s), and

Have at least two years CBT practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting and provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies preferably CBT, be currently employed in a clinical or practice setting within an 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.

Social work applicants seeking linked post qualifying awards in social work must be registered with NISCC (NIPQETP).

If the academic requirement is not met, then the programme will request that the candidate demonstrate their capacity to undertake a clinical course at Master’s level, through submission of a reflective assignment.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

Yes

Portfolio Required

Applicants from a non-core profession 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 or accreditation with the BACP.

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

2 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Nursing & Midwifery

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Counselling and psychotherapy

Accreditations (PSRB)

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 16-09-14

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Nick Hawkes

To be confirmed

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists have produced Minimum Training Standards (MTS). The MTS require students to have 450 hours of study, of which 200 hours should be provided directly by recognised trainers. In addition students should have conducted a minimum of 200 hours of supervised assessment and therapy to progress to accreditation. A minimum of eight clients will have been assessed and treated under direct supervision totalling a minimum of five hours per case. Supervised practice will have been subjected to formal assessment by written critiques of six case studies.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

Yes
Students are subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

AIM:

This interdisciplinary programme aims to deliver a transformational learning experience that will enhance, extend and embed the student’s knowledge, skills and attitudes in the competent application of cognitive and behavioural psychotherapies.

OBJECTIVES:

Critically understand the theoretical basis of human development from developmental, psychological and social perspectives.

Comprehensively understand the phenomenological and diagnostic classification of common mental disorders.

Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the scientific and theoretical underpinnings of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapies.

Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the scientist-practitioner model in conducting empirically grounded interventions in clinical practice.

Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the core competencies for cognitive behaviour psychotherapy.

Articulate and critically evaluate distinct ethical perspectives on concrete dilemmas.

Critically appraise and interpret the research regarding the effectiveness of treatment for common mental disorders.

Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of how clinical supervision provides a positive space for compassion, inquiry, reflection, and practice development.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Develop the ability to reflect in critical and constructive ways on their own learning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, tutorials, independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Coherently debate the merits of competing psychological theories of wellbeing, illness and treatment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, tutorials, independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Evaluate critically the intricacy and diversity of the experiences of common mental disorders, how they present and respond to treatment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, tutorial, clinical supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Comprehensively understand and interpret quantitative and qualitative data.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

E-learning, tutorials, discussion groups.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Creatively evaluate evidence and make reasoned arguments.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Analysing patient/client (simulated) material.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Critically explore how knowledge translates into policy and policy into practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Analysing patient/client (simulated) material.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate self-direction and originality in problem solving, and acting autonomously in management of time, planning, goal setting, implementation and evaluation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group problem-solving, including attention to the group dynamics of teamwork.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Demonstrate a critical awareness of working collaboratively with patients, families, practitioners and agencies.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Observation/role-play/simulated practice.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Use computer based technologies.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Work productively in a group; group facilitation skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group problem-solving, including attention to the group dynamics of teamwork.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Lead, take initiative, demonstrate flexibility and adaptability, work in actual and virtual teams, delegate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Observation/role-play/simulated practice.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Comprehensively understand own learning preferences and have a strategic view of learning needs.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Clinical supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Assess evidence critically, synthesise data from digital and printed sources, particularly online catalogues and databases, research library catalogues, archival inventories, and other traditional and digital resources relevant to the subject area.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Clinical supervision, tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Clinical supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial, seminars, workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Listen and discuss ideas introduced during seminars.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Clinical supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Make original contributions to the subject.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorial, seminars, workshop.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate originality on the practical understanding of
common mental disorders, together with a practical understanding of formulation based assessment and intervention.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, observation, role play/simulated practice.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Engage in, develop and disengage from therapeutic relationships through the use of appropriate interpersonal skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Observation/role-play/simulated practice.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Critically explore psychological and social theories and concepts of cognitive behavioural therapy for common mental disorders.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Demonstrate originality in the selection and application of appropriate cognitive behavioural interventions for specific mental disorders.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Clinical supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Creatively analyse empirical evidence on cognitive behavioural therapy for common mental disorders to evaluate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

E-learning, tutorials, seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Coherently debate a range of related ethical issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Snowballing activities which begin with pair-based work with the groups progressively combining to produce a larger group response to a challenge set.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Critically explore cognitive behavioural therapy professional and therapeutic competences.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshop.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively through effective clinical supervision.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Observation/role-play/simulated practice, clinical supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Practical, written assessment, clinical portfolio.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Clinical Inquiry & Applied Practice Based Research

HSN7035

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Fundamentals CBP Assessment

NUR7024

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

CBP Supervised Practice 1

NUR7025

7

10

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

CBP for Anxiety Disorders

NUR7026

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

CBP for Depression

NUR7027

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

CBP for Complex conditions

NUR7028

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

CBP Supervised Practice 2

NUR7029

7

10

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Notes