Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) MSc
The MSc Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) is a researcher-practitioner degree aimed at those who want to develop a career in research and academia. It provides you with a platform to occupy senior management positions in the NHS and healthcare organisations.
The MSc course enables you to undertake research in the area of positive psychology, in particular the areas of resilience, flourishing and positive development.
You can progress to the MSc after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.
The course is unique in using positive psychology principles and practice for the development of resilience and flourishing in clients with mental health issues. During the first and second year 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.
In the first two years the course will be delivered one weekend a month, and in the final year modules 7 and 8 will take place on a weekday (usually a Monday or Wednesday).
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- Module 1: 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.
- Module 2: 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.
- Module 3: 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.
- Module 4: Classic and metacognitive approaches for the treatment of complex presentations
This module will equip you in third wave CBT (Mindfulness, ACT, and compassion focused CBT and metacognitive therapy). It will also look at using both classic CBT and metacognitive CBT across diagnoses. Complex presentations will include eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, clinical perfectionism, personality disorder and psychosis among others.
- Module 5: Introduction to positive psychology
The module introduces you to the science of happiness and well-being. It looks at the theory and research that underpins the discipline of positive psychology. It will help you identify your own strengths and values and purposes from a positive psychology perspective and will enable you to search for strengths in people who commonly suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
- Module 6: CBT interventions for the development of resilience and flourishing
Concepts of resilience in the face of adversity and flourishing will be explored and you'll develop your own personal model of resilience (PMR) which you can then learn to develop in your clients.
- Module 7: Research in health and social care
For those wishing to pursue the MSc pathway this module can replace or can be taken in addition to the module 'Classic and metacognitive approaches for the treatment of complex presentations'. It is delivered twice a year in September and February and you can elect to take it on a Monday or a Wednesday morning. It can be taken concurrently with Modules 4-6 in the PgDip curriculum. The purpose of this unit is to consolidate and extend your knowledge of research philosophies, approaches and methods. You'll learn about research design, methods of data gathering and data analysis and interpretation. Specific research methods and techniques are reviewed, including the use of questionnaires, interviews and observation to gather data, as are the techniques to analyse quantitative and qualitative data.
- Module 8: Dissertation
The dissertation unit provides you with the opportunity to experience designing, conducting and writing up a research study to add to the research base in positive CBT, particularly in the fields of resilience and flourishing. A research supervisor will support this work. You'll require ethical approval for your study. Beyond the scope of the dissertation unit, you'll be encouraged to disseminate and publish your work.
Students who have successfully completed year one and two will not have study module 4 (Classic and metacognitive approaches for the treatment of complex presentations), when progressing to the full MSc.
All modules are assessed by a mix of case studies, audio tapes and self-reflective essays.
In addition to having already obtained or being eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation, at the end of the MSc you will have a research-practitioner degree. You will be able to practice in the NHS and in private practice. Your services will be in high demand because you will be trained to enable people to climb onto pathways of resilience and flourishing in their lives, thereby producing positive development. In addition to the above you will also be able to apply for academic positions as a lecturer and/or a researcher. You may then wish to continue your studies in the form of a PhD.
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- 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.
If you have satisfactorily completed the requirements of the PgDip Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Resilience and Positive Development) and are eligible for BABCP accreditation you will no longer need to actively see clients nor will you need clinical supervision as a requirement of the course. However we hope you will continue your practice as a CBT practitioner. However it is likely you'll need access to clients for research purposes.
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