This postgraduate programme offered by the University of Cumbria is a High Intensity Psychological Therapies course. It aims to prepare students to meet professional standards; to seek accreditation by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP); to create practitioners who are able to act as a specialist resource in keeping with employers’ clinical governance targets and benchmarks such as Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), NICE Guidelines and the Layard Report. Students completing this course are eligible to seek accreditation with the BABCP.
Modules carry 20 credits at level 7 unless otherwise indicated:
To be awarded the PgD Advanced Practice in CBT, students also need to complete the Qualificatory Practice Unit (QPU) HLLT9001. The aim of the QPU is to recognise completion of the Practice Assessment Portfolio identifying the practice elements required to meet the BABCP minimum training standards for accreditation.
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).
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1st or 2nd class honours degree.
Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures.
More information about levels and credits.
This award is suitable for practitioners who are involved in the delivery of health and social care/psychologically focussed interventions across a range of disciplines, roles and service areas.
Normally, applicants are required to hold an Honours degree, classification 2ii or above, in a cognate discipline or have a core profession acceptable to the BABCP. For applicants who do not meet these requirements, non-standard entry criteria will apply. It is expected that non-standard applicants will have evidence of successful study at level 6 (or equivalent) within the preceding 5 years.
Applicants will meet criteria for acceptance through previous mental health training in a core profession or equivalent Key Skills Assessment (KSA) and post-qualifying experience.
Successful completion of the programme requires students to achieve a minimum of 128 CBT practice hours with clients on placement, and 50 non-clinical hours of supervised practice-related activities.
Students will be monitored and reviewed during the course through weekly supervised practice, with BABCP accredited supervisors, in practice settings and through monthly supervision in the University setting with BABCP accredited tutors.
Students are responsible for gaining appropriate supervised practice and producing evidence of this. Evidence of having met the professional requirements for supervised practice is demonstrated by the submission of a supervision log, signed by the clinical supervisor, by supervisor's reference and by formal assessment of a recorded clinical session.
Students must aim to have weekly external CBT supervision and a minimum of 2 hours per calendar month whilst in practice.
Students must also undertake a minimum of 10 hours of personal CBT either with a course peer (who has completed the first supervision module successfully) or other qualified CBT therapist.