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Cognitive Behavioural Practice

Overview
The aim of the Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Practice is to increase understanding of mental illness and train students in basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy concepts, methods and skills. The purpose is to train practitioners in mental health programmes including primary care, to apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy models at levels 1 and 2 within a stepped care model (low intensity psychological interventions).

The course is available to all health and social care professional groups and other staff such as counsellors who wish to learn basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy methods and is relevant for staff working in mental health, primary care and social care settings. The Postgraduate Certificate is offered over two 12 week semesters over one year.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement but hold a professional qualification will be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants must have:
•Evidence of working with people who have experienced a mental health problem
•A broad understanding of mental health issues
•Good written and verbal communication skills
•Good organisational and computer skills

Please note: The closing date for applications to this programme is Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 4pm. Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website. International students will need local placements to access clients for clinical training. Whilst these placements should normally be arranged by the applicants, the University will try to negotiate a limited number of placements with local H&SC agencies.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

Duration

1 year part-time.

Learning and Teaching
Morning and Afternoon. Part-time (1 day per week).

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
CBT services are an expanding area of health and social care services due to an increasing demand for evidence-based psychological therapies. The award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Practice will enable students to apply for professional employment at stepped care levels 1-2 and integrate CBT informed interventions into professional practice.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

School Postgraduate Office
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Tel: 9097 3082
Email: pgsoc@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/soc

Subjects taught

The PG Cert is comprised of four 15-credit modules:
•Mental Health Awareness, Engagement and Assessment
•An Introduction to CBT Theories and Methods
•Providing Psychological Interventions at Levels 1 and 2 in a Stepped Care Model
•Evidence-Based Low-Intensity Psychological Intervention for Mild to Moderate Mental Health Problems Each module is taught one day per week over two 12-week semesters at Queen's.

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Essays, case studies and DVD-recorded role plays.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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