Our postgraduate MSc Psychological Intervention: IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) offers training that will develop your core counselling skills and (subject to successful programme accreditation) gain a full therapy qualification in working with adults using this model. You’ll also be able to conduct research in the theory or practice of IPT.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommends interpersonal psychotherapy as a treatment for depression, and it’s also part of the Government’s provision to increase the availability of talking therapies through the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme. This programme is designed to train therapists in this specific approach.
At the moment, this is the only course in the UK that can give you interpersonal therapy training in order to work with adult clients and conduct research into IPT with no previous therapy qualification, as long as you have appropriate experience.
This psychological intervention programme has been designed to meet your needs if you don’t already have a therapy qualification, but aspire to become a qualified practitioner in NICE-recommended psychological therapy.
The MSc Psychological Intervention: IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) will train you in the theoretical understanding of mental health issues, and give you practical skills for delivering interpersonal psychotherapy for adults.
You’ll learn through a rich range of learning experiences on this three-year programme, including the opportunity to integrate theory with practice. After completing the programme, you’ll be able to provide high quality therapy to adults. In your third year, you’ll be able to take on a research project in the theory or practice of IPT.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Start date|
|MSc||Part-time||36 months||Oct 2018|
Specialist knowledge relevant to the subject area will be delivered using a variety of methods, including lectures, experiential workshops, micro skills teaching, audio-recording reviews, clinical supervision, group discussions, and through the interaction of the student with coursework assignments.
Clinical practice with application of their learning to client work will be supervised closely and students will be required to keep a log of their clinical activity as well as supervisory activity and will be evaluated on their clinical competence.
Students who have access to clients in their ongoing job role whilst studying may incorporate part of this work as their practice placement, subject to agreement with their manager and the University. Otherwise students will be supported to obtain a suitable practice placement.
The strength of this programme lies in the integration of classroom learning and clinical practice learning and development. The personal impact of working with clients presenting with distress will be explored as well as ethical issues. Students will develop their skills in applying theory and technique to real life client situations in supervision sessions at the University via discussion and micro-teaching.
The feedback process is designed to be ongoing, in that comments and reflections from these sessions will provide an escalator of personal learning for the student. At critical points there will be summative learning points to provide a marker for the student as to their progress against the benchmark standards being expected. Formative and summative feedback will be provided as appropriate to help students develop their skills in these areas of practice.
The associated research evidence bases will be integrated into all aspects of the teaching.