We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.
The following core modules will be studied:
- Contemporary Approaches within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
In this specialist module you will choose one of the contemporary approaches within CBT to focus upon, such as: Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) (using the materials created by Professor Paul Gilbert, the founder of CFT) or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). You will study the approach in some depth and consider the contribution that it has made to our understanding of human problems and distress. This is ideal for practitioners who are specialising in integrating insights and skills from CBT within their current practice.
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
- Critically analyse the contribution that one area of contemporary CBT approaches has made to our understanding of human problems.
- Apply skills and theoretical insights from an area of contemorary CBT approaches into their practice.
- Integrating Practices
This important module will focus on concepts and theory in areas such as: person centred integrative care and practice; ethical (principles and dilemmas); legal duties and responsibilities; professional and organisational contexts; power, communication, subjects, disciplines and the organisation of labour.
You will analyse a wide range of factors that support and hinder integrated working such as: philosophical, power based, social, cultural, financial, procedural, legal, relationship and interpersonal factors. You will consider different aspects of ethical principles and codes, your personal development, reflection and your self-awareness. This module will also allow you to consider what you need to do to ensure you can create: healthy boundaries (with others); self-care strategies; and, also have adequate forms of mentoring, clinical supervision, personal therapy and continuous professional development dependent upon your practice area.
It is advisable to study this module within the first year of your programme as it sets the foundation for developing integrative practices within your own practice. This is important whether you are working within your own therapeutic practice (at micro levels), or integrating care pathways with other practitioner groups and organisations (at more macro levels).
- Preparing for Research and Evidence Based Practice
Health and social care practice requires a good knowledge of high quality evidence in order to provide evidence based care and services. Conversely, improving health and social care services is of great importance. Innovation and creativity in practice can help to improve the quality of care but such change and improvement cannot be made without thorough understanding of evidence and research.
This module will enable you to understand and critically discuss the importance of evidence and research in your practice environment. It will enable you to consider the evidence used in your practice and how you decide upon this. It will also allow you to consider the process of research in generation of evidence. Frameworks that underpin the processes of research and evidence based practice will be presented and you will begin to apply them to a topic of your choice (that relates to your own area of practice). This module will develop skills in critical appraisal of research and evidence directly related to your area of practice.
This ethos forms the basis of the level 6 module: Research and evidence base for practice. The content of the following module ‘Research and evidence in practice’ combined with this module will provide you with the knowledge and structure of a research and/or service improvement/evaluative framework that you may employ to improve quality of care and services.
This module will build on your knowledge of evidence and research based practice. In doing this it will enable you to conduct a short desk based project that requires you to critically appraise research literature OR wider evidence that directly informs your practice.
- Relationships Informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
In studying this module you will learn some important components of what it is to be a practitioner who can integrate knowledge and skills from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches into your current practice. In short, you are becoming a CBT informed helper who can make safe decisions about when to work using knowledge and skills from CBT and when not to.
You will learn about how CBT practitioners make sense of and use of therapeutic relationships and skills. In addition, you will analyse interviewing and assessment skills. You will then go on to determine how you may integrate this knowledge and skills into your current professional practice.
On completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Evaluate your participation in self-development and peer supervision activities.
- Identify how the learned skills and insights from CBT approaches can be integrated safely within your current practice.
- Critically analyse the use of relational and interviewing skills in work with others that is informed by CBT approaches.
- Research and Evidence in Practice
In this module you will build on your prior learning and progress through the evidence based practice cycle or research process. This module will guide you through the process of writing a research proposal or plan for a practice based investigation. You will not conduct primary research or service evaluation in your area of practice but studying this module will enable you to synthesise theoretical concepts, research and evidence based practice processes on a topic that is directly relevant to your practice. This will form the basis of the skills and experience required to conduct primary research/service evaluation projects to improve health and social care/practice.
The content of the preceding module ‘Preparing for research and evidence based practice’ combined with this module will provide you with the knowledge and structure of a research and/or service improvement/evaluative framework that you may employ to improve quality of care and services.
- Working with People with Distress and Disorder
In studying this module you will learn about how all people can experience a range of different forms and degrees of emotional and psychological distress and disorder. There is an even wider range of historically, politically, socially, and culturally informed ways of making sense of this experience.
You will study a range of the issues and debates in how we have, and now do, diagnose and then treat people. In addition, the module will also enable you to critically reflect on your work role and your workplace and on how you and your colleagues can work with people who experience distress and disorder in a facilitating way.
On completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Analyse a range of different ways of making sense of complex forms of emotional, physical and psychological distress.
- Evaluate the possible causes of, and treatments for people who experience specific distress, disorders or psychopathologies.
- Critically reflect upon your role, when using insights from CBT approaches to therapeutically support people who are considered to have a mental disorder.