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Postgraduate taught

PGDip/GradDip Psychological Therapies Practice
(Children, Young People and Families)

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year 2020 (January start)
Contact

Programme administrator: Sarah Niles
Email: CYP-IAPT@exeter.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1392 722459

Entry requirements

Requirements vary depending on your specialism

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology

Overview

  • This programme will help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families.
  • You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the CYP IAPT Programme, through university-based workshops, clinical supervision groups and tutorials.
  • You will also be supported to undertake supervised clinical practice with children, young people and their parents.
  • We provide a high-quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.

Competency-based training, delivered according to the latest evidence-informed clinical pedagogic approaches

Dedicated training facilities equipped with video and audio recording

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development

Entry requirements

There are 4 strands available on the PGDip/GradDip and entry requirements depend on which strand you apply to:

CBT

Suitable for anyone with a foundation in CBT skills. This strand requires a Level 6 qualification and a core profession recognised by BABCP or eligibility to complete the KSA route. Find out more about the CBT strand.

Parenting

Suitable for candidates with experience of working with children, young people and families. This strand requires a minimum Level 5 or 6 qualification and a core profession recognised by BABCP or eligibility to complete the KSA route. Find out more about the parenting strand.

0-5s

Suitable for candidates with a Level 5 or 6 qualification. No core profession is required but you will need to show experience of working with parents/carers and young children. Find out more about the 0-5s strand.

Systemic Family Practice (for Conduct or Eating Disorders)

Suitable for candidates with minimum two years’ experience working in children and young people’s mental health and with families. You are required to have a Level 6 qualification and a core profession recognised by AFT, such as social work, psychiatry, nursing or health visiting. Find out more about the Systemic Family Practice strand.

Applicants without a degree

For the Parenting and 0-5s strands, this programme is offered at both postgraduate level (PGDip) and at final year undergraduate degree level (GradDip). If you do not hold an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for enrolment on the GradDip programme. The topics you will study are the same for both programmes. Please contact the administrative team for more information. Please note that the CBT and SFP strands are available as a PGDip only.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

There are 4 strands available to study as part of the PGDip/GradDip:

Depending which strand you apply to, on successful completion of the programme you may be eligible to apply for accreditation of your therapy practice by the appropriate Professional Standards or Regulatory Body, subject to additional requirements as necessary (e.g. British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy).

Applicants without a degree

For the Parenting and 0-5s strands, this programme is offered at both postgraduate level (PGDip) and at final year undergraduate degree level (GradDip). If you do not hold an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for enrolment on the GradDip programme. The topics you will study are the same for both programmes. Please contact the administrative team for more information. Please note that the CBT and SFP strands are available as a PGDip only.

Programme progression

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

How to apply

In order to apply for this programme you will need to be either an existing member of staff or a selected for a Recruit to Train practitioner role where you will be employed by one of our NHS/voluntary sector partner services to train at the university while working within service. Please see the SW CYP IAPT website for a full list of services. You can also find out more information here about the CYP IAPT programme and upcoming events.

Jobs will be advertised on the NHS jobs website and on individual partner websites, as well as on our SW CYP IAPT website.

Once you have been selected for a recruit to train placement, you will then be put forward by your workplace for the PGDip/GradDip course. Please note it is not possible to attend this course without being employed by an NHS or voluntary sector service due to the clinical requirements and course funding arrangements.

For more information and common candidate FAQs see the SW CYP IAPT website.

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Fees

This course is funded by Health Education England, so fees are not payable by candidates. You will be employed and paid by your service on a minimum 12-month contract, and will work between 0.8 and 1 FTE, including 2 days per week studying at the university.

Teaching and research

Teaching consists of lectures and workshops and small group tutorials. Sessions will include role-play, practical exercises and small group discussions. There will also be regular supervision sessions with University supervisors. Guided independent study is expected to take place.

Types of assessments include:

  • supervisor rating of core therapy competencies (CAPS)
  • essays
  • reflective practice logs
  • competency tapes and self-rating of competencies
  • case presentation
  • case reports
  • and a clinical portfolio.

If you are on the CBT or Parenting strand and do not have a core profession, you will be required to complete a KSA portfolio during the course to evidence how you meet the prerequisite clinical competencies equivalent to a core professional training programme. See the BABCP website to find out more about the KSA portfolio.

Careers

This course is targeted towards people with previous experience of working in children and young people’s mental health or working with families. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to further your competencies and knowledge as an evidenced based psychological therapy practitioner.

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development.

Advantages of the programme are that:

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.