Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Intervention (CBT)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Intervention (CBT) is a well-established high quality training course that runs for ten months on a full-time basis.

The course is BABCP accredited and part of the Department of Health ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ programme (IAPT), which aims to improve access to evidence-based talking therapies in the NHS and any other qualified healthcare providers (AQP) through an expansion of the psychological therapy workforce and services.

Why study at the University of Surrey?

  • We accept self-funded students
  • Top 10 University and Departmental ranking in the UK
  • This is a level 2 BABCP accredited course leading to eligibility for provisional accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
  • Master-classes from leaders in their field of CBT as part of the training curriculum
  • Rich range of learning experiences  including lectures, workshops, video role-plays, debates, trainee presentations, experiential and self-reflective sessions
  • Supportive academic and pastoral care from personal tutors and wider University support systems
  • Teaching on real life challenges with the help of service users and teaching on relevant service issues and clinical presentations
  • Experienced BABCP accredited supervisors
  • Recently re-accredited by the BABCP for an up to date course
  • Set in the serene and beautiful Stag Hill Campus


Trainees are required to attend lectures at the University for two days a week (Thursday and Friday) whilst assessing and treating patients under the supervision (by a BABCP accredited supervisor) in their IAPT service/equivalent service for three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). On graduating from the course they will be eligible to apply for High Intensity CBT clinician posts. They will be qualified to deliver NICE-compliant cognitive behavioural therapies to individuals with common mental health problems, including depression and anxiety disorders.

Entry to the course

The course is open to Trainees High Intensity therapists employed by local IAPT services. Independent self-funded applicants are now also welcome. Please see sections on ‘Who should apply’ and ‘How to apply’ below.

Important dates

  • The next course cohort is due to commence from Monday 26th September 2016
  • Self-funded applications for the next cohort should contact admissions@surrey.ac.uk for further details
  • NHS and AQP training place applications must be submitted via their respective advertised dates and not directly to the University of Surrey

Course Content

The course comprises 120 credits which are achieved through the completion of eight course modules.

Module 1 – FUNDAMENTALS OF CBT 1: THEORY AND RESEARCH
This module introduces the trainees to the theory and research in CBT for common mental health problems. It begins with an introduction to IAPT and the stepped care system, grounded in the diagnostic and classification systems for common mental health problems and the bio-psychosocial models. The module provides the trainees with the theoretical foundations and principles which shape CBT, establishing an empirical basis for informed practice. Trainees are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of these concepts and principles and to evaluate the research evidence underpinning Cognitive Behavioural theory and practice. Examples of concepts and principles addressed include; the structure of CBT, therapeutic alliance, difference and diversity and the issue of risk.

Module 2 – FUNDAMENTALS OF CBT 2: PRACTICE
This module focuses on how to apply CBT theory and research in clinical practice. It begins with an overview of assessment and formulation for common mental health problems and teaches the trainee to practice within the CBT framework based on its fundamental principles and techniques such as; collaborative empiricism, agenda setting, guided discovery, identifying and working with key cognitions and behavioural experiments. The core competencies of formulation, treatment planning, change techniques and relapse prevention are embedded as a strong foundation for CBT practice and effective practitioners.

Module 3 – CBT FOR ANXIETY DISORDERS AND DEPRESSION 1
This module builds on the fundamentals modules and aims to develop knowledge, skills and competency, based on theory and practice of CBT for depression and the most commonly presented anxiety disorders in primary care: panic disorder, GAD, social anxiety and specific phobias. The trainee will understand the distinct diagnostic features and characteristics of each disorder and how to assess, conceptualise and treat according to evidence based theory and practice and up-to-date research, grounded in the NICE guidelines and Roth and Pilling Competencies (2007).

Module 4 – EXPERIENTIAL, PROFESSIONAL AND REFLECTIVE PRACTICE IN CBT 1
Experiential learning and reflective practice will be emphasised throughout the teaching and delivery of all the modules. However the trainees will attend weekly group supervision sessions in Semester 1, where important aspects of therapy are discussed and reviewed in light of practice. In addition to this a number of lectures and workshops will focus on topics such as; the role of supervision, how to use supervision effectively, professional and ethical issues, and how to apply cognitive behaviour therapy to trainees own experience, to enhance therapeutic practice.

Module 5 – CBT FOR ANXIETY DISORDERS AND DEPRESSION 2
This module follows on from CBT for Anxiety Disorders and Depression 1 and aims to develop knowledge, skills and competency, focussing on the evidence based theory and practice of CBT for less common and additional anxiety disorders and more chronic cases of depression i.e. OCD, Health Anxiety, BDD and Chronic Depression. The trainee will understand the distinct diagnostic features and characteristics of each disorder and how to assess, conceptualise and treat according to evidence based theory and practice and up-to-date research.

Module 6 - ADVANCED THEORY AND PRACTICE IN CBT: FURTHER APPLICATIONS AND COMPLEXITY
This module introduces the trainees to some of the challenges and dilemmas in working with more complex, chronic or co-morbid presentations of anxiety and depression, and highlights trans-diagnostic issues. It starts by focusing on formulation and then reviews treatment options and interventions, including trans-diagnostic approaches. Topics covered, include issues such as perfectionism, low self-esteem and enduring emotional avoidance. This module covers aspects of the theory, research and practice of some of the newer third wave approaches to CBT, including, meta-cognitive approaches and compassion focused therapy. The module then goes on to introduce the trainees to some of the additional challenges and conditions that clients commonly present with in psychological services and how CBT may be applied to working with these difficulties. The module encourages the trainees to investigate and research these other conditions and explore how these challenges may interact with common mental health problems including depression and anxiety and how this can impact on clinical approaches. The range of additional challenges and conditions considered in this module include the impact of life stage challenges, physical health related challenges, addictions and eating disorders, and more severe mental illness such as personality disorders and psychosis.

Module 7 – CBT FOR ANXIETY DISORDERS AND DEPRESSION 3
A series of workshops offering the trainees a further opportunity to practice CBT skills related to the evidence based protocols for anxiety disorders and depression. The workshops will facilitate the critical evaluation of how the theory links to practice. It will provide the opportunity for trainees to review their learning from previous modules in light of the clinical practice experience they have gained throughout the year. The workshops will consolidate and enhance their proficiency and expertise as CBT practitioners within a primary care service.

Module 8 – EXPERIENTIAL, PROFESSIONAL AND REFLECTIVE PRACTICE IN CBT 2
This module follows on in Semester 2 from Experiential, Professional and Reflective Practice in CBT 1 in Semester 1. The trainees will attend weekly supervision throughout Semester 2 and will have an opportunity to hear about service user perspectives, the role of continued professional development and be given further practice on how to apply CBT to oneself.

Teaching Approaches

The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters with attendance at the University of Surrey required on Thursday and Friday. There are also five week-long blocks of intensive workshops during the year. In addition to regular lectures, skills-based competencies will be developed through an innovative range of learning methods including experiential workshops, debates, presentations and video role-plays.

Weekly clinical group supervision for training cases will also be provided by members of the course team. Trainees will be expected to undertake self-directed study and will have access to the University Library and online resources.

Who should apply?

To become a High Intensity CBT Trainee you will need to have had a minimum of two years’ post qualification mental health experience and a relevant Core Professional Training in applied psychology, psychiatry, nursing, counselling, psychotherapy, occupational therapy or social work. You will be registered with a professional, regulatory body. The minimum eligibility criteria are outlined on the BABCP website: http://babcp.com/files/Accreditation/General/Minimum-Training-Standards-V7-0215.pdf

Applicants who do not have a core profession can meet eligibility criteria through the BABCP Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSA) pathway. Please see the BABCP website: http://babcp.com/Accreditation/CBP/KSA.aspx
These applicants will be required at interview to produce a KSA portfolio to demonstrate that they meet the BABCP eligibility criteria for sufficient knowledge, skills and attitude that demonstrate equivalence to a Core Professional Training. The KSA portfolio can be completed using the template sheets below [in MS Word .docx format]:

KSA 1 - CRITERION CHECKLIST.docx

KSA 2 - SELF-STATEMENT.docx

KSA 3 - COUNTERSIGNED SELF-STATEMENT.docx

KSA 4 - REFERENCE.docx

KSA 5 - SELF-DIRECTED STUDY RECORD.docx

KSA 6 -CLINICAL EXPERIENCE RECORD.docx

KSA 7 - DOCUMENT LIST.docx

 

Values

Please see the below document for details of our values based recruitment approach. 

The High Intensity IAPT training programme at Surrey promotes the NHS values which are enshrined within the NHS constitution. These are: Everyone counts, respect and dignity for all, improving people’s lives, compassion, working together for patients, and a commitment to the quality of care. The programme team is dedicated to recruiting graduates whose individual values and behaviours align to those of the NHS.

Linking your values to the NHS Constitution (5959.0KB)

How to Apply

Self-funded Applicants
Self-funded applicants will need to ensure they have arranged a clinical placement where they are able to access patients experiencing moderate to severe anxiety disorders and depression as their main presentation. They should have access to the placement for three days a week (other than Thursday and Friday) and have weekly supervision from a BABCP accredited CBT therapist.

Any self-funded applicants should apply using the University’s online application form by midnight on Monday 1st August 2016.

Please note that in addition to completing the standard online postgraduate application form, applicants for PG Dip in Psychological Intervention (CBT) should also submit their CV, personal statement and copies of degree certificates, transcripts and Professional Registration (if applicable).

Funded Applicants
Any applicants interested in a funded place should apply directly though the local IAPT service providers with joint interviews taking place with University programme staff.

We are unable to consider direct individual applications for funded places. Please look out for advertisements for this role in the relevant service providers’ websites. Once you have been recruited by the PCT/service provider, you will be automatically sent to the University of Surrey for training on the above course.

Fees

Fees for Self-Funded Applicants are £9,180 per annum

Equal Opportunities

At the University of Surrey we are committed to equality of opportunity in access to training. The University welcomes and provides support as needed for trainees with special needs.

Useful Links

Course Team

Director of IAPT High/Low Intensity Training Programmes
Ms Mary John

Joint Programme Directors of High Intensity Programme
Mrs Emma Crouch & 
Dr Maria Xenaki

Teaching Fellows
Dr Sarfraz Jeraj
Mrs Julia Waller and 
Ms Rachael Orr

For Further Information Contact
Please email: admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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