The usual academic entrance requirement is a first degree in psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, or an equivalent professional qualification, from an approved university, of 2:1 standard or above. If you have a non-degree nursing qualification, this must be equivalent to an undergraduate PG diploma. Experienced mental health professionals who do not meet these entrance requirements may sometimes be individually assessed and considered for admission on a discretionary basis.
The programme requires that you already have certain minimum standards of prior training, including good interpersonal skills, a thorough knowledge of mental health problems, interviewing and general assessment skills, and an understanding of ethical and professional issues in care and treatment. Applications are therefore open primarily to suitably qualified mental health professionals (e.g. Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Mental Health Nurses). If you have a different, but equivalent professional background, you may be considered on an individual basis, through submission of a portfolio of evidence linked to the BABCP 'Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes' criteria.
Months of entry
If you wish to start using CBT in your practice, then this programme will provide you with a grounding in the application of CBT concepts and methods in therapeutic practice. It will enable you to reach advanced beginner level on the CTS-R, represented by a score of 30 out of 72 (Blackburn, James, Milne & Reichelt, 2000).
The aims of this programme are:
- To provide students with a clear understanding of cognitive-behavioural concepts, models and methods
- To develop students’ critical appreciation of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature, on which sound clinical decision making can be based
- To enable students to develop skills in collaborative assessment, formulation and treatment based on empirically validated models
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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