Advanced CBT Practice for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression PgCert
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The PgCert Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression programme provides you with the theory and practical skills to help people suffering from mild to moderate anxiety and depression using the tools and techniques of CBT at Step 3 of the Stepped Care Model. The programme consists of 3 modules which will make a significant contribution to your accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
You'll have an opportunity to take part in a question-and-answer session in person with Dr Christine Padesky, and one to two online group sessions where you'll be able to discuss some client issues common to the whole group. This is a unique opportunity to learn from a master clinician.
You'll study over 10 weekends in the year (once a month), so the course can work around existing work commitments.
Successful completion of the course leads to our PgDip/MSc Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development).
Subject to validation conditions being met.
- Fundamentals of CBT
You'll acquire basic concepts in CBT such as the theory underlying CBT, the 5 aspects model, the technique of Socratic questioning, the structure of CBT sessions, the thought record and behavioural experiments.
- Advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of anxiety
This module will equip you with the assessment and treatment protocols and techniques required to handle generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic (with and without agoraphobia), obsessive compulsive disorder and PTSD.
- Advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of depression, suicidality and low self esteem
This module will enable you to handle depression, suicidality and low self-esteem by teaching assessment techniques for an accurate depiction of depression and suicidality. It will look at CBT models for depression and rumination and it will also enable you to facilitate clients to raise their level of self-esteem.
At the end of the PgCert, you'll be able to treat people who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety with Step 3 CBT interventions. You'll be able to offer your services in private practice. You will be halfway to BABCP accreditation as a cognitive behaviour therapist. If you go on to take a further 3 modules as described in the PgDip, you'll be able to apply individually for full accreditation with the BABCP as a cognitive behaviour therapist.
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You'll need to have secured a client base where you'll see depressed and anxious patients during the course. This can be within the NHS or within private practice. You'll need approximately 2 new clients per module. You'll also need to organise a BABCP accredited field supervisor. As well as this throughout the course some clinical supervision will be provided by BABCP accredited supervisors at the University.
Teaching and learning
- A UK bachelors degree (2:1 or above) normally in a related field and a professional qualification such as nurse, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, doctor, or social worker. Psychological Well-being Practitioners (PWPs) are welcome to apply. or;
- A UK bachelors degree (2:1 or above) normally in Psychology or health related subject plus some experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment (part- time equivalent). Students should have been assessing or treating patients for not less than 6 months via face-to-face or telephone contact. You will be asked to write a statement in your application form, detailing your experience. At interview you will be required to bring evidence of your experience in a portfolio of Knowledge, Skills and Applications.
We welcome international students who have the equivalent of a UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or related field and substantial experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Substantial experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment. Students should have been assessing or treating patients for not less than 6 months in total via face-to-face or telephone contact. You will be asked to write a statement in your application form, detailing your experience. At interview you will be required to bring evidence of your experience in a portfolio of Knowledge, Skills and Applications. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
In addition to the above you'll need to have regular access to adult clients/ patients who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety, and be able to evidence your source of clients during the admissions process. To complete the course you'll have treated a minimum of 4-6 clients/patients from assessment to the end of therapy.
You'll need a BABCP accredited supervisor who can supervise your practice on a monthly basis. You'll need to find and engage this person yourself, and be able to show us evidence for this. The BABCP register is a source of BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapists who might be willing to play this role for you for a fee. The University will also provide some clinical supervision for you. Together these supervision hours will contribute to your supervision log in case you wish to pursue the path to BABCP accreditation. You'll need a total of 20 hours of supervision to pass the PgCert.
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