Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive & Behaviour Therapies (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy pathway - IAPT)

This pathway is not accessible by direct application. Application is via iapt high intensity cbt therapist training posts, advertised by employing organisations.

About the programme

This programme is one pathway of a postgraduate diploma in CBT, validated by the University of Manchester. The programme is part of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) project, and is validated by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) at level 2. It is a full time multi-disciplinary programme (two days per week teaching on a Monday and Tuesday, three days per week in clinical practice) for 30 weeks commencing in September every year, with a full week block of teaching at the beginning of each term. The aim of the programme is to provide health and social care professionals working in mental health with the opportunity to develop clinical skills and theoretical knowledge in formulation-based cognitive and behaviour therapy interventions. The programme meets all the requirements of the CBT Competencies framework (Roth & Pilling, 2007, www.ucl.core/CBT_framework.htm) and the IAPT National Curriculum for High Intensity Therapists (Department of Health, 2008, revised 2011, http://www.iapt.nhs.uk/workforce/high-intensity) The programme is grounded in evidence based practice and is informed by the latest advances in clinical and experimental research. The attainment of clinical competence is measured by validated assessment tools.

Programme Participants

Participants will be predominantly qualified members of the main mental health professions (Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Social Workers, Occupational Therapists in Mental Health, Accredited Counsellors). ). Please consult the following link for a list of all health, Mental health and social care professions currently accepted by BABCP as a recognised core profession, which will be accepted as entry criteria: https://www.babcp.com/Core-Profession. Applicants without one of these recognised core professions will be considered for eligibility via the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes framework based on that developed by the BABCP (see www.babcp.com/Accreditation/CBP/KSA.aspx for details of the full framework).

The route into this programme is via application for advertised posts as IAPT High Intensity Trainees. There are a number of training programmes around the country, and each employer will be attached to a specific training provider, in a collaborative partnership. Recruitment is a joint process with our collaborative partners. Successful candidates will have some existing knowledge of cognitive and/or behavioural theory and some experience of the practice of cognitive behaviour therapy.

For more information about these posts, go to http://www.iapt.nhs.uk/workforce/high-intensity/ and http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/

Programme Administrator:

Matthew.Hall@gmmh.nhs.uk

Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive & Behaviour therapies (Cognitive Therapy pathway)

About the programme

This programme is one pathway of a postgraduate diploma in CBT, validated by the University of Manchester. It is a full-time multi-disciplinary programme run on one day per week on a Monday, for 45 days including 3 full week blocks at the beginning of each term, commencing in September, and finishing the following July. The aim of the programme is to provide health and social care professionals working in mental health with the opportunity to develop clinical skills and theoretical knowledge in formulation-based cognitive therapy interventions. The programme is grounded in evidence based practice and is informed by the latest advances in clinical and experimental research. The attainment of clinical competence is measured by validated assessment tools.

Programme Participants

Applicants for the cognitive therapy pathway will be predominantly qualified members of the main mental health professions (Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Social Workers, Occupational Therapists in Mental Health, Accredited Counsellors). Applications from individuals with a background in Medicine, Education and Forensic Psychology, General Nursing and Professions allied to Medicine (Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy) are welcome and will be considered on the basis of the applicants prior experience of psychotherapeutic methods in general and specifically cognitive therapy. Successful candidates will have some existing knowledge of cognitive theory and some experience of the practice of cognitive therapy.

Applicants without a core health or social care profession will be considered for eligibility via the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes framework developed by the BABCP. For information about this route see KSA Portfolio details below.

Course clinical practice requirements

Participants need to be in clinical practice, and have access to a caseload of 4 - 8 adult clients with primary problems of anxiety and depression, who are likely to find CBT a helpful approach. Training supervision is video based, so participants will need to have access to appropriate equipment, and to seek and obtain consent from clients to be video recorded. Participants must agree to, and comply with relevant Information Governance policies of their own organisation and that of GMMH in relation to the storage and transportation of clinical material.

Selection process

Selection is by application, interview and references. Interviews take place from May onwards.

Course Fee:

Public and Voluntary Sector: £6,000 

Private Sector: £8,000 

Programme Administrator:

Matthew.Hall@gmmh.nhs.uk