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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Trauma

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma) provides both clinical and research skills training to promote evidence-based practice in mental health care. Trainees may study for the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) over 18 months to obtain the minimum training qualification accredited by The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) to practice as a CBT therapist or apply to proceed to the MSC which is offered over 2 years.

The MSc adds to the PG Dip modules an applied specialist clinical module for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and related disorders including research methods training designed to facilitate clinical research and encourage therapists to publish in academic journals.

Why Queen's?
The MSc is provided by a team of internationally recognised trauma researchers and clinicians and is one of the few specialist MScs in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Trauma and related disorders available in these islands and across Europe.

The PG Diploma has been accredited by the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy professional body, The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), to Level 2 which meets BABCP minimum training standards criteria for individual therapist accreditation.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification(s) and at least two years clinical practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting.

All applicants must:
• Provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies preferably Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and
• Be currently employed in a clinical or practice setting within an organisation providing therapeutic or counselling services, and
• Be in a role for the duration of the Programme to access a suitable client group for practice and supervision purposes.

Applicants from a non-core profession must provide a portfolio of evidence and references to demonstrate suitable core knowledge, skills and attitudes in line with KSA guidelines produced by The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

All applicants will be interviewed.

Progression from the PgDip onto the MSc will be subject to successfully completing all PgDip modules and assessment of suitability for study of research methods and advanced CBT practice, which must be approved by the Course Director. Candidates with a relevant PgDip in CBT may apply to undertake the final year MSc modules via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and must provide a record of modular content of prior PgDip in CBT training and relevant CPD. These applicants will be assessed by interview and a DVD recording of current CBT practice. Such candidates will surrender their PGDip certificates if successful in completing the MSc before the new award is issued. This will exempt them from the first year of the MSc in Specialist Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Trauma) (90 CATS points).

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 will need local placements to access clients for clinical training, normally arranged by the applicants, but the University will try to negotiate a limited number of placements with local H&SC agencies. International students (for whom English is not their first language) must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. 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.)

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2 years part-time.

Learning and Teaching
The four PgDip modules are provided one day per week at Queen's.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy services are an expanding area of mental health services due to an increasing demand for evidence-based psychological therapies. The award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will enable students to apply for professional employment as fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. The Specialist MSc will train therapists to practice in trauma at a specialist CBT level and to be able to undertake clinical research with a view to publishing in academic and professional journals.

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Further enquiries

School Postgraduate Office
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Tel: 028 9097 3082

Subjects taught

The MSc is based on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and consists of 4 x 30 credit modules which are linked to the BABCP Minimum Training Standards for therapist accreditation (Level 2) and the Specialist Level award for social workers.

The Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Models and Skills for Depression and Anxiety module is the supervision module that runs in parallel with the first 2 taught modules CBT for Depression and CBT for Anxiety Disorders.

CBT for other Specific and Complex Orders (Semester 1, Year 2) incorporates both teaching and supervision. Each module is taught one day per week over 3 x 12 week semesters at Queen’s University campus. Students are required to attend small group[MD1] training supervision sessions at Queen’s. Where possible, these will be delivered during the teaching days.These sessions are designed to facilitate the integration of research and theory with practice, and the development of skills in cognitive-behavioural therapy.

The MSc research teaching is provided in year two; semester one comprised of three seminars over two half days (October and December) and one full day (November) in college. In Semester 2 there is one final half day seminar (May) to consider forms of information presentation and dissemination along with plans for writing up the assignment.

The specialist clinical trauma component of the MSc module is an applied specialist clinical module for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and related disorders and is provided in over 12 weeks in the spring semester in year 2. Clinical accountability for CBT clinical practice with trauma clients remains with the agency responsible for the patients. MSc students will also complete further training in research methods.

Assessment method

Essays, case studies, case presentations, supervision, DVD-recorded clinical sessions supervision, portfolio, research project.

Application date

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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