University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

Psychological Approaches for Complex Mental Health Issues

If you are already a qualified mental health professional this course will develop your clinical skills in evidence-based therapies, enabling you to undertake specialist roles such as clinical lead, manager and consultant. The course will integrate with, inform and enhance your day-to-day clinical practice with complex mental health issues.

Entry requirements

We require applicants to be qualified mental health practitioners working in a clinical role with people who have psychosis or complex mental health needs. This is essential in order to fulfil the practice-based elements of the course.

Course modules

Modules include: Year 1: Understanding psychosis and complex mental health issues; foundation course in integrated family therapy and systemic practice; CBT informed practice. Year 2 core: Disseminating practice through training and supervision. CBT route: CBT for anxiety and depression; advanced clinical practice. Family therapy route: Intermediate course in integrated family therapy and systemic practice; integrated family therapy and systemic practice: practice placement. Year 3: Applied research methods and management; masters project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written course work, exams, audio recordings of clinical sessions and portfolios of evidence.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 300 per Credit module (home fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Sunderland SR1 3SD North East

Key information

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