The University of South Wales has many years’ experience in teaching cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and this course is the most comprehensive CBT training available in South Wales. The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma is for mental health professionals looking for additional specialist training, or if you want to train as a counsellor/psychotherapist and have already completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, or equivalent.
The MSc is a three year course, made up of two years training on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy which covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of learning to be a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, plus one year completing the Masters (research and dissertation stage). On the Masters stage you will learn about research methods for studying cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and will undertake a research project of your choice and write it up in the form of a dissertation.
Following successful completion of the PG Diploma, students can proceed to the final Masters stage where you’ll have the opportunity to choose between conducting research and delivering a professional project in the community.
Dissertation – You will learn about the different research methods which help develop knowledge about consultative supervision. You will then put this into action in your own choice of research project, on a topic relevant to integrative counselling and psychotherapy. You will be allocated a personal supervisor to provide expert guidance, advice and support. This route is ideal for those wanting to develop a career in research.
Professional Project – You will design, deliver and evaluate an innovative pilot project in the community, either in a charity or public sector setting. You’ll follow the planning process required by the Big Lottery, and you’ll also learn how to work therapeutically with groups. This route is ideal for those wishing to develop their careers into project management or self-employment.
The Masters stage consists of six days teaching, one day of peer learning, and nine hours of project supervision.
This course runs over seven Mondays (9.30 to 4.30), from September 2019 to August 2020. You will also be required to attend monthly supervision meetings, to be arranged flexibly.
- Induction – 30th September
- Conducting your Literature Review – 7th October
- Student presentations – 4th November
- Project planning / Research overview – 2nd December
- Working with groups / Qualitative analysis – 6th January
- Facilitating training / Quantitative analysis – 3rd February
- Monitoring and evaluation / Conceptual analysis – 2nd March
Once you’ve completed the Masters, you will have demonstrated that you have an in-depth knowledge of CBT, including specialist knowledge gained by your own research findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation and employability as a therapist in the statutory, commercial and third sector. There may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, either at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.