The philosophy of the course is broadly grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The CBT approach has been supported by research evidence and advocated by professional bodies and government. CBT is based in cognitive and behavioural models of psychological disorder, and continues to evolve, resulting in an expanding range of interventions.
Aims of the programme:
* Enhance students ability to function as part of a flexible workforce, which is responsive to individuals with a variety of mental health disorders
* Enable the student to become a critically aware consumer of approaches to intervention, able to evaluate the validity and quality of support claimed for a therapeutic intervention
* Offer students a means of extending confidence as an autonomous practitioner, able to demonstrate an advanced ability to function effectively as a therapeutic agent in complex care arenas
* Promote the students ability as a reflective practitioner, active in development of his or her own therapeutic skills
* Foster deeper understanding of operating therapeutically as part of teams and communities
Advanced Research Analysis (MPSY4002)
The Role of the Therapeutic Relationship (MATI 4004)
Psychology of Mental Health (MPSY4010)
Enabling Individuals and Teams to deliver Therapeutic Interventions (MATI 4005)
On completion of the 3 above compulsory modules (total of 60 credits), exit/interim award is Postgraduate Certificate Psychological Therapies
Developments in Therapeutic Interventions (MATI 4006)Work Based Practice (MATI 4007)On completion of 6 of the above compulsory modules (total of 120 credits), plus 200 hours of supervised clinical practice, the exit/interim award is Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
On completion of all 6 compulsory modules, 200 hours of supervised clinical practice, PLUS 60-credit dissertation (total of 180-credits), exit award is MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
The programme is taught in blocks, with each module being two blocks of two days (Friday and Saturday). The days are organized into blocks of different learning activities, eg presentation/facilitation by the tutor, practical exercises (individual and/or group task), discussion and reflection. Importantly, between the blocks the students are supported with additional reading, provided in the form of primary source articles, book chapters and practitioner journal articles.
The programme has an 80% attendance requirement.