The BACP-accredited Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) is aimed at those who are interested in a professional training to become a psychotherapist, with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as the core theoretical orientation.
The Postgraduate Diploma CBP is the most comprehensive CBT training in South Wales and the curriculum and requirements of the course have been designed to equip individuals to apply for individual accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies(BABCP).
USW’s Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. BACP accreditation for a course which is CBT in orientation highlights the emphasis the course gives to the therapeutic relationship and the development of core psychotherapy skills whilst equipping students to work effectively as CBT practitioners.
Year One: Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
This module provides a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinning of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) and a working knowledge of the principles and basic competences for effective practice building on the generic competences and used in psychotherapeutic work and in professional practice.
Evidenced Based Problem specific Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (1)
This module builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the first module Fundamentals of CBP and provides an introduction to the assessment, conceptualisation and treatment of the most common presentations of depression and anxiety. In addition, we will introduce an understanding of research methodologies and principles, and the development of knowledge and competence to work in professional practice.
Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Evidenced Based Problem specific Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (2)
This module builds on Module 1 and 2 and continues to develop the knowledge and skills to work with anxiety disorders. It also addresses the difficulties that can arise with engaging clients in treatment and that impede progress. We will also develop students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to research and in relation to professional practice.
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy with Complex Problems
This module extends the knowledge and skills base developed in modules 1, 2 and 3 to critically examine CBP approaches to working with more complex presentations of mental health problems and to treat such difficulties by adapting and enhancing problem specific strategies to achieve best outcomes.
The Postgraduate Diploma in CBP is part of a three year MSc Programme.
Classes include interactive lectures with group discussion, skills workshops, video recording, role play, case discussion seminars, self awareness and self-practice, specialist workshops with outside expert speakers, seminars and research skills exercises.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is a two-year part time course.
Students must also allow time for work in their practice placement, which is likely to be approximately three to four hours per week, together with time for self-directed study.
There are a few additional teaching days each year, when you will be expected to attend on both Wednesday and Thursday; these dates will be confirmed before teaching starts in September.
We expect that all our students will attend all teaching sessions; there is a minimum requirement of 80% attendance in order to complete the course successfully.
Having successfully completed the formal training hours and assignments, graduates of the course will be ready to look for work in the field of counselling and psychotherapy with CBT as their core approach and to prepare for accreditation with BABCP.
The profile of CBT in the UK has grown significantly over the last 12 years and is widely used in NHSmental health services. CBT has the strongest evidence base of all the psychotherapeutic approaches and in the current guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the treatment of choice for many presenting psychological problems.
CBT is also used with children and young people with psychological and behavioural difficulties although this course is focussed on work with adults.
Former students from the course have found positions in many settings within the NHS, Higher or Further Education and in the voluntary sector. It is also possible to undertake further specialised training in order to work with children and young people, or to apply for a research PhD.