Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

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Course summary

This British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accredited course enables you to develop your skills and qualify to practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Throughout your time on the course you will develop your understanding of CBT and the theory, research and complex issues you may have to face in a professional environment. We will help you gain the skills to support, provide care and improve the psychological wellbeing of others. Why study this subject? Actively promoted by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), CBT is an evidence-based therapy recommended to treat a range of mental health problems. The techniques can be applied in general medical, nursing and psychological practice. So, whether your goal is to become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or you want to apply the techniques in a broader context, this course gives you the skills and practical training you need to be confident in theory and practice. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? At BNU we are proud to be one of the most diverse student bodies in the country, offering opportunity to all, with a large proportion of our students coming from a BAME background and/or international study. We are also one of the only master’s courses in the UK which will help you with your portfolio for the BABCP. We believe in offering an opportunity to everyone who is interested in CBT regardless of their background, and we value our partnerships within the local community, including the West London NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health providers in the UK. What will I study? Our course teaches you how CBT can be used effectively to tackle a range of mental health difficulties, from depression and social anxiety to panic attacks, OCD & Trauma. You will analyse how a diverse range of individuals think and encourage the implementation of positive behavioural change. We focus on applied practice and being able to transfer theoretical knowledge to the field, developing the interpersonal qualities required for therapeutic environments. You will be encouraged to develop independent learning skills and increase your abilities to stay abreast of the latest developments in CBT and therapeutic approaches. What are my career prospects? As a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist you will be ready for a rewarding career within the NHS, private or commercial sectors. You will immediately have the ability to apply your knowledge to improve the wellbeing of others.


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Assessment method

During your time on the course, you will complete 200 hours of clinical practice for which you will also need to receive supervision from an external supervisor on your placement, as well as the course team, to ensure safe and ethical practice. As well as being supported by expert clinical tutors, you'll benefit from specialised workshops delivered by guest speakers to help develop your understanding and contribute to your learning. The university also brings in experts by experience. Who are past CBT patients whose own mental health experience is their expertise and can be a great source of inspiration showing you how your training can benefit the mental health of others through the eyes of those who have been there. The course employs a variety of teaching and assessment methods to cater for the diverse needs of students, and you will be taught using lectures and workshops, with supervised practice and practical use of our psychology laboratory facilities. On the course you can contribute through group presentations/meetings and have individual tutorials where you'll learn to use different methods of working collaboratively. You'll also have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) throughout the course where you'll be able to access online resources and participate in group forum discussions with your peers. We encourage all you to spend time on personal therapy and self-reflection which is often a requirement of some placement providers to ensure any personal issues do not interfere with client work. As a practitioner, this is a helpful practice to develop and maintain throughout your professional career.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Entry requirements

Relevant degree or equivalent from an allied field; applicants must also have work experience, typically of at least 2 years duration, working with patients in a mental health setting; it is a pre-requisite of the course that applicants have access to a clinical population to enable them to implement their cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) training into practice.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS