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Course summary

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims to provide students with a structured training where students can systematically acquire the knowledge and skills needed to practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

  • On the course students will be able to progressively build their confidence and competence to take them from a novice to skilled practitioner equipped to work towards accreditation with the BABCP (for the PGDip route) and BACP (for the Msc route) dependant on their individual experience.
  • Uniquely on this course students will be strongly encouraged to evaluate Cognitive Behavioural theory and practice, which will include an emphasis on understanding the relationship of CBT to other psychotherapeutic modalities and on the tailoring of interventions to individual needs. As such this training in CBT is presented within a broader framework of critical and positive psychology.
  • The course also aims to develop students' understanding of the impact of contextual and structural factors, particularly in terms of the impact of inherent power differentials, upon the formation and resolution of individual psychological difficulties. This also includes the influence of contextual factors upon the practice of CBT itself and the examination of the way in which CBT can contribute to the prevention and amelioration of the negative impact of these.
  • As such particular focus is given to developing a flexible and creative approach to the practice of CBT to effectively respond to individual, social and cultural diversity. In addition the course seeks to broaden the focus of understanding away from only addressing psychopathology to a broader view of the practice of CBT that includes the optimisation of individual well-being.
Fitness to train
  • Applicants to therapeutic studies programmes are asked to disclose any criminal record, disciplinary record, significant periods of time off work and significant health problems in writing after interview. If we wish to make an applicant an offer of a place on the course, an anonymised version of the applicant’s written disclosure will be reviewed by a panel which considers the applicant’s suitability for therapeutic studies training. This process is additional to normal 'fitness to train' processes.
Placement
  • Placement work is at the core of our CBT training programme. Students are expected to start their placement work as soon as possible in their first year and the clinical hours required each year will vary between the PGDip or MSc reflecting differences in BABCP and BACP training requirements. Supervision will be provided in placement and must meet the criteria set by the BABCP for PGDip students and BACP for MSc students.

Modules

Psychological Models of Therapy 1 Psychological Models of Therapy 2 Therapeutic Skills Reflective Practitioner 1 Advanced CBT Theory and Practice Advanced CBT Skills Supervised CBT Practice 1 Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


Entry requirements

Please note: You must fulfil our Fitness to Train requirements as well as any other requirements below. An undergraduate degree (2:2) or equivalent Qualification & 2 years experience in a core profession *(please see below) Personal suitability assessed by the application form, references and a screening interview Access to an appropriate work setting where you can undertake at least three days per week of face-to-face CBT practice and the audio/video recording of client sessions for assessment in an academic setting Access to a BABCP-accredited workplace supervisor who can offer weekly supervision. *core professions are as determined by the BABCP and include: Arts Therapists – Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling – Accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), National Counselling Society (NCS), Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA), or Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals’ National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (FDAP NCAC) Medicine – Psychiatrist or General Practitioner, MBChB or MBBS, and usually PG training with membership of MRCGP, MRCP or MRCPsych Nurse – NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse, or NMC Registered Learning Disability Nurse Occupational Therapy – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, MSc Occupational Therapy, or Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists (DipCOT) and HCPC Registered Psychotherapy/ Psychotherapeutic Counselling – United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Social Work – Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), MA Social Work, or BA/BSc Hons Social Work. Registered with one of four UK regulators - Social Work England (SWE), Social Care Wales (SCW), Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology – Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and HCPC Registered as Practitioner Psychologist Educational Psychology – Doctorate or Qualification in Educational Psychology Stage 2 (QEPS) - must have BPS Chartership (CPsychol) and HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist Health Psychology – Qualification in Health Psychology Stage 2 (QHP) - must have BPS Chartership (CPsychol) and HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist Forensic Psychology – Qualification in Forensic Psychology Stage 2 (QFP) - must have BPS Chartership (CPsychol) and HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist Fitness to train Applicants to therapeutic studies programmes are asked to disclose any criminal record, disciplinary record, significant periods of time off work and significant health problems in writing after interview. If we wish to make an applicant an offer of a place on the course, an anonymised version of the applicant’s written disclosure will be reviewed by a panel which considers the applicant’s suitability for therapeutic studies training. This process is additional to normal 'fitness to train' processes.


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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS