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Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

SWK-PD-CBT

UCAS Code

JACS Code

C881 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

All applicants will be interviewed and should:
have a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification (s) acceptable to the University, and
have at least 2 years' clinical/practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting where applicants have worked with mood and anxiety disorders, and
provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies, preferably CBT, and
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.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

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

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

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

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 Stephen Barton

Newcastle University

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

No

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No
Students are subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Regulations, in conjunction with those of their professional accrediting body.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

Demonstrate improved intellectual and practical skills for the continuing professional development of health and social care professionals in evidence based psychological therapies.

Demonstrate an understanding and ability to practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with emotional and mental disorders particularly depression and anxiety disorders.

Prepare for the world in and beyond higher education, in employment and the wider community – particularly in promoting the improvement of standards of service and care received by the consumers of personal, social, and health services.

Advance their academic knowledge, through the fostering of staff development, professional competence, academic achievement and promotion of research minded clinical practice.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Critically evaluate empirical research and evidence–based strategies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Formal lectures
independent research using library and other web based materials

Methods of Assessment

Essays and case studies

Assess contrasting ideas, explanations and theories to conceptualise maintaining factors in a mental ill health.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops
Small group seminars

Methods of Assessment

Essays and case studies

Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement sophisticated treatment models for specific disorders

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Formal lectures
class discussion and role plays

Methods of Assessment

Recorded practical assignments

Develop competence in using problem-focused, and problem-solving techniques and methods

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Small group supervision
workshops

Methods of Assessment

Recorded practical assignments

Demonstrate an ability to synthesise and discuss academic literature

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, independent research using library, and other web based materials

Methods of Assessment

Essays

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Demonstrate a high level of competence in conducting assessments of clients using a CBT framework

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops
Small group exercises
Group supervision

Methods of Assessment

Case studies
Recordings of clinical sessions
supervision.

Elicit key cognitions and apply relevant behavioural and verbal re-attribution techniques.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures,
Supervision groups

Methods of Assessment

Recordings of clinical sessions
supervision.

Systematically measure outcomes in treatment and synthesize evidence

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Guided study and reading

Methods of Assessment

Case studies
portfolios

Use case supervision and reflection to critically evaluate practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supervision groups

Methods of Assessment

Cases studies
portfolios

Advance continued personal learning through, inter alia, use of library based research and other networks

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Independent research using library and other web based materials

Methods of Assessment

Essays

Use information technology to access and analyse information from a wide range of sources including government papers, academic journals and electronic databases.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Guided study and reading
Independent research using library and other web based materials

Methods of Assessment

Essays
Case studies

Work with individuals from different backgrounds and cultures and develop skills to reflect on clinical practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group exercises

Methods of Assessment

Portfolios

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theoretical base, principles and values of CBT as applied to mental disorders

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Formal lectures and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Essays
Case studies

Evaluate the research evidence of the efficacy of CBT with clients specific with mental health disorders

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops
Small group discussions

Methods of Assessment

Case presentations

Identify the key change elements of CBT in relation to clients with mental disorders.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Role-plays
Case presentation
Audio and video material.

Methods of Assessment

Case studies

Incorporate socratic methods in relation to clinical practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Audio and video material
Supervision groups

Methods of Assessment

Recorded clinical sessions
supervision

Use a specialist CBT perspective to understand and address crisis, hopelessness and suicidality

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Formal lectures
Role plays

Methods of Assessment

Case presentations
Case studies

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Apply cognitive theories to clients’ clinical problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Formal lectures
Workshops
Supervision groups

Methods of Assessment

Essays
Case studies

Construct cognitive behavioural formulations for clients with specific disorders

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops
Case presentations
Demonstration role plays

Methods of Assessment

Supervision
Case studies
Portfolios

Apply cognitive behavioural clinical skills to therapeutic work with clients with specific disorders

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops
Small group supervision

Methods of Assessment

Supervision
Case studies

Systematically measure psychological treatment outcomes by the use of quantitative and qualitative measures

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Formal lectures
Independent research using library and other web based materials

Methods of Assessment

Essays
Case studies
Case presentations

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Core Concepts and Skills of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

SWK8087

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

SWK8088

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Other Specific and Complex Disorders

SWK8090

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Application of Cognitive Therapy Models and Skills for Depression and Anxiety

SWK8089

7

30

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes