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Our stimulating PGCert in Psychological Therapy: IPC (Interpersonal Counselling) offers flexible training for individuals who want develop core counselling skills and learn how to deliver a brief intervention (IPC) for clients suffering from stress and mild depression.
Our programme will develop your theoretical understanding of mental health issues, equip you with skills in working with the IPC model and enable you to work effectively with clients in this approach.
This is delivered through a rich range of learning experiences, including the opportunity to integrate theory with practice. This ensures that, as a graduate of this programme, you are able to provide a high quality psychological intervention to people suffering from stress or mild depression.
Our School of Psychology has a reputation for providing high quality IPT training to therapists who are already in practice and want to add this model to their repertoire.
This Psychological Therapy programme has been designed to be responsive to the needs of people who do not already have a therapy qualification. The first year of this programme will enable professionals to develop core counselling skills and IPC intervention skills to enhance their effectiveness with clients, further their psychological skills and increase their understanding of mental health issues.
Many roles in the workforce today require people to have enhanced their psychological and therapeutic skills. At present, our programme is the only one in the UK that offers the opportunity for individuals to undertake IPC training.
Successful completion of this year will enable individuals to undertake the Diploma in IPT, a full therapy qualification.
This one year programme can be undertaken on its own or as part of a flexible training of up to three years. Successful completion of all modules in this first Certificate year gives the option of progressing into year two, the Diploma in IPT, which confers a full therapy qualification which allows individuals to practice in the NHS or elsewhere. There is also the option to complete a third research year to obtain an MSc.
The first year comprises of four modules of 15 credits each. Each module comprises of 150 hours of learning, including student contact, private study, skills practice either on placement or in the classroom and assessment. In order to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Therapy (Interpersonal Counselling) students must complete all four modules and complete 60 credits at FHEQ Level 7.
Example module listing
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.
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.
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.
Educational aims of the programme
This programme will enable professionals to develop core counselling skills in IPC (Interpersonal counselling) to enhance their effectiveness with clients, further their psychological skills and increase their understanding of mental health issues without undertaking a full therapy qualification.
Interpersonal counselling is a brief intervention, based on the principles of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, for people suffering from stress or mild depression. It is designed to be delivered by individuals after a relatively brief training course, and does not require them to have previous mental health qualifications.
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
To reflect on their development as a psychological practitioner
Recognition is being sought from IPT-UK, the organisation that accredits therapists in this particular model of therapy.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.
* Subject to validation
This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme. In these instances applicants will be informed by no later than 5 August.
Educational: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Experiential: Minimum of nine months’ experience (or part-time equivalent) of working directly and in a helping role with people who are experiencing psychological distress and or who have mental health difficulties. Examples of roles are psychological wellbeing practitioner, psychiatric nurse; bereavement counsellor, support worker; Samaritan; social worker; psychology assistant; occupational therapist.
A satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB), is also required.
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IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 6.5 in each component (or equivalent)
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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.