This course is for people already working in a healthcare setting (in areas including psychiatry, clinical and forensic psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, general medical practitioners) who are interested in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in clinical settings. It will provide sufficient theoretical and skills training and can develop your career as a therapist and the service you provide.

This is the course entry for the academic year 2018/19.

Information on applying to the current academic year is available from the 2017/2018 course entry

Course Overview

CBT is the model of psychotherapy most tested by research trials for a range of mental and even physical disorders, ranging from depression, anxiety and phobias to eating disorders, schizophrenia and chronic pain. Healthcare professionals are increasingly required to demonstrate a flexible, multidisciplinary approach to make the best use of skills and resources.

The NHS actively promotes provision of evidence-based management. CBT is the evidence-based psychotherapy par excellence. It can be effective as a stand-alone treatment and can also be used in conjunction with other medical or psychological treatments. The model is versatile and creative and its techniques can be used selectively in general medical, psychological and nursing practice, as well as informing whole courses of integrated treatment.

This course will help you refine your CBT skills, empower you to use the model in a range of clinical situations, and focus on the development of a respectful and pro-active relationship with patients. The therapeutic alliance is central to the delivery of CBT and the course will teach you to forge a positive collaborative relationship with patients as a means of improving and maintaining the patient’s mental health.

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

The teaching and learning methods used will encourage participative and independent learning and you will arrange to see patients one day per week. Assessment methods will include essays, audio recordings of therapy sessions, case studies and supervisor assessments. Class sizes are usually around 30 for the PgCert and 15 for the PgDip. The course is delivered by staff of NHS Lothian and Greater Glasgow.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

You will attend a 10-day induction block followed by a four day teaching block in the first week of every month.

Links with Industry / Professional Bodies

On completion, you can apply to be accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) in due course.

Modules

15 credits

  • CBT for Anxiety and Depression
  • Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Research Skills in CBT
  • Advanced CBT for Anxiety Disorders
  • Introduction to Complex Adaptation of CBT

30 credits

  • Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation of a research project within a chosen specialist area of CBT. The components of the dissertation will include: a research proposal; a literature review; and a paper for publication.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (September 17), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Careers

There is a growing demand for therapists specifically trained in this field. This course will enable you to develop your career and the service you provide.

Quick Facts

  • Learn the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – the best evidenced psychotherapy in mental health.
  • Core CBT competencies are developed through multiple methods, including lectures, workshops, role play, academic evaluation and close clinical supervision.
  • As trainee therapists, students benefit from the vast experience of expert CBT practitioners from throughout the UK delivering on our specialist postgraduate teaching course.

Entry Requirements

Honours degree or equivalent, plus mental health qualification. Applicants will be expected to be familiar with individual casework, history-taking and case load management and must normally be UK registered health professionals.

Non-standard entrants will be considered if you can demonstrate that you have the necessary work based experience, skills and aptitude. Non-standard applications and Recognition of Prior Learning must be referred to QMU.

Fees

Some students on the course are self-funded and some receive employer support. Fees are paid to NHS Lothian once a place has been offered.

Application deadline

More Information and Contacts

Kath MacDonald on tel: +44 (0)131 474 0000 or Elizabeth Shearer on tel: +44 (0)131 537 6932 or visit the link above.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Duration
Part-time: 1 year (PgCert), 2 years (PgDip), additional 12-18 months required for MSc
Start Date
September 2018
Location
At QMU
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Fees & Funding