Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Part time) (PGDip)
The Diploma is a continuing professional development course for health and social services professionals who have already gained initial counselling and therapy skills and are using these in their professional practice. The course provides a high quality training to a standard recognised by the appropriate therapy accreditation body. Participation in the course makes students eligible for ordinary membership of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP). The course satisfies the majority of BABCP’s basic training standards for accreditation as Cognitive and/or Behavioural Psychotherapists (which also apply for registration to this section of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). We are in the process of applying for the course to be accredited at BABCP Level 1.
This is a part-time course comprising academic teaching, skills workshops, supervised clinical practice, course work and assessed assignments. The course consists of two 60 credit modules, and lasts for one academic year. Teaching days consist of lectures and workshops. We have integrated the Advanced CBT Workshop Programme, organised through Psychological Therapies @ UEA into the course and students will have the opportunity to attend workshops that are provided by experts with an international reputation in the theory and practice of CBT. Use is made of video and role-play demonstrations, role-play exercises in pairs or small groups and group discussion as well as some didactic teaching.
Students are expected to identify patients from their existing caseload or within their organisation as their training cases on which they will receive clinical supervision throughout their registration on the PG Diploma course as specified in their application for admission. Clinical supervision will focus on the application of core CBT skills in the clinical setting. Audio or DVD recordings will be made of all therapy sessions. These will be used in supervision and also rated using standard assessment scales by both students and their clinical supervisors. Reports based on these ratings will be part of the required course work and will also be used as a basis for feedback to students.
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