University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Psychological Therapy

This Diploma offers modular professional training, providing successful graduates with all the requirements to apply for professional accreditation as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). The course is offered in partnership between the School of Psychology at the University and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, bringing together a top-rated academic institution with a world-leading research profile in applied psychology and an NHS Trust that is a Teaching Trust of Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). We offer two pathways through this course: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Complex Difficulties: this pathway is designed to serve the needs of mental-health practitioners who work primarily with more severe, enduring and complex presentations of mental-health problems, in either out-patient or in-patient services. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People: this pathway is designed to serve the needs of mental-health practitioners who work primarily with children and young people, in either out-patient or in-patient services. After successful completion of the PGDip, you may wish to complete an additional Masters component. The Masters qualification equips you with the skills to undertake practice-based research of relevance to cognitive behavioural therapy.

Entry requirements

Students entering at the start of the course should possess (i) and (ii) with either (iii) or (iv), plus (v). (i) a core profession qualification in a mental health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies or evidence of being able to complete the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements; and (ii) foundation level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and some experience of providing structured psychological therapies or interventions; and either (iii) a 1st or 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree or equivalent; or (iv) the ability to study successfully at postgraduate level, demonstrated through a portfolio of evidence of previous written work produced in a training or work context; plus (v) ready access to suitable clients (clients with common mental health presentations of anxiety and depression for our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children and uoung people pathway, clients with complex difficulties for our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Complex Difficulties pathway). Note that clinical placements may be available with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to complete the practice element. In order to be accepted on the course you must also pass an interview.

Course modules

Subjects covered include the fundamentals of cognitive behavioural therapy; anxiety difficulties, depression; psychosis and personality difficulties.

Assessment methods

Our taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods including essays, clinical activity reports, clinical commentary, and a portfolio.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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