PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Severe Mental Health Problems: CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder or Personality Disorder) - 2024 entry
|Duration||1 year part time|
|Entry year||2023 (January start)|
Online: remote delivery
For NHS employees working in community mental health services with people who have a psychosis, bipolar or personality disorder diagnosis
- Suited to people who have significant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) knowledge, skills and experience with non-SMHP clients, and who want to add CBT-SMHP to their clinical competencies.
- Suited to people working in community mental health teams with people who have diagnoses of psychosis/bipolar or personality disorder.
- Training was developed in response to the UK government initiative to achieve access to NICE-recommended care packages for individuals experiencing these problems.
- Develop your practical competency in CBT for psychosis and bipolar disorder or personality disorder within the context of community mental health services.
- Develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT in the context of psychosis and bipolar disorder or personality disorder.
Post-course accreditation with the BABCP
The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) is the accrediting body for CBT psychotherapists and for CBT training courses. This course adheres to the BABCP minimum standards for CBT training, its good practice guidelines, and its Professional Code. The course is not yet accredited but provides all of the criteria for BABCP Individual Practitioner Accreditation. The Clinical Portfolio required to complete this award is designed to easily support post-course accreditation with the BABCP.
Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)
Programme lead: Dr Hayley Keeble
Phone: +44 1392 722780
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
This postgraduate certificate is for people working in community mental health services with people who have a psychosis, bipolar or personality disorder diagnosis. You need to be able to demonstrate significant knowledge and skill in CBT, and be ready to build on this and develop SMHP knowledge and skills.
The course includes supervision sessions, teaching sessions, clinical skills sessions, and self-study. A reflective stance is encouraged throughout. The evidence-based NICE recommended SMHP models will be covered, and the skills identified in the UCL competency maps will be taught. All content is underpinned by the research evidence.
The course includes academic submissions and assessments of therapy using competency measures such as the CTS-R. At the end of the Certificate, you will submit a portfolio to evidence your work.
This course will develop your practical competency in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis and bipolar disorder or personality disorder, and support you to gain critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT.
Dr Hayley Keeble
Programme & Academic Lead
How to apply
Applications to this programme may only be made through NHS services recruiting trainees and not directly through the University of Exeter. Posts are typically advertised internally within NHS services. Following this, applicants will apply to the University. Applicants who meet the criteria will be invited for interview.
£8,000 per year, funded by Health Education England, so fees are not payable by candidates.
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Teaching and research
How you'll learn
Teaching will consist of full- and half-day workshops delivered online. All sessions will include a theoretical and clinical skills component. Role play practice, practical exercises and small group discussions will occur regularly. Trainees will attend regular clinical supervision at the university. There will also be guided independent study.
Assessments will include:
- oral case presentations
- written case reports
- completion of CTSR competency assessments and accompanying documentation
- and a clinical portfolio.
The course requires a minimum of two days per week, usually consisting of one day attending university (online) and one day delivering CBT-SMHP. There are some block weeks of teaching throughout the year.
To complete the programme students must complete:
- A minimum of 20 hours of university individual equivalent clinical supervision.
- A minimum of 100 hours of attendance of teaching hours.
- A minimum of 80 hours of supervised CBT practice.
- Four ‘completed’ CBT clients, including two closely supervised university clients
This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop your competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a CBT 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.