Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at Salford

1.

Route to become an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist

2.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has a crucial role to play in health and social care provision today

3.

Delivered by a highly qualified team of psychotherapy and counselling staff from a variety of professional backgrounds

Course Summary

You will gain an insight into how to use CBT creatively and collaboratively with clients and how to assess, formulate, provide interventions and evaluate your work with clients. This course focuses on interventions with clients who have anxiety and depression right through to people with addictions, personality disorder and schizophrenia as well as other complex needs. There are opportunities to study new developments in CBT, family interventions and how CBT is used with people who have physical health issues.

Course Details

This course runs part-time for half a day per week over three years, or full-time for two half days per week.

Depending on your level of experience and professional interests you can choose to study a variety of modules. If students are seeking accreditation they are advised to study in the following order.

Part-time route

Year 1, Semester 1:

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of CBT, together with the critical evaluation of its use in addiction and associated depression and anxiety disorders.

Year 1, Semester 2:

Assess treatment methods for clients with anxiety disorders and/or addictive behaviour, and use a conceptualisation methodology to evaluate courses of therapy.

Year 2, Semester 1:

Gain a theoretical and evidence-based introduction to new developments in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and develop CBT skills for the practical application of working with clients.

Year 2, Semester 2:

One module from:

Develop and enhance your skills in the use of CBT, enabling you to work with clients with complex and/or long-term needs.
Explore family interventions and its implementation in mental health care.
Enhance your knowledge, skills and interpersonal awareness in order to provide brief psychosocial interventions.
Explore your practice of mindfulness with the context of CBT.
Enhance your knowledge, skills and interpersonal awareness in order to provide CBT for Children and Young people.
Enhance your knowledge and skills of clinical supervision.

This course also runs full-time for two half days per week over one year, giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

Full-time study option:

Masters: two modules in semester 1, two modules in semester 2 and the dissertation in semester 3.

Year 1, Semester 1:

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of CBT, together with the critical evaluation of its use in addiction and associated depression and anxiety disorders.
Gain a theoretical and evidence-based introduction to new developments in Cognitive behavioural psychotherapy and develop CBT skills for the practical application of working with clients.

Year 1, Semester 2:

Assess treatment methods for clients with anxiety disorders and/or addictive behaviour, and use a conceptualisation methodology to evaluate courses of therapy.

One module from:

Develop and enhance your skills in the use of CBT, enabling you to work with clients with complex and/or long-term needs.
Explore family interventions and its implementation in mental health care.
Enhance your knowledge, skills and interpersonal awareness in order to provide brief psychosocial interventions.
Explore your practice of mindfulness with the context of CBT
Enhance your knowledge, skills and interpersonal awareness in order to provide CBT for children and Young people.
Enhance your knowledge and skills of clinical supervision.

You will be required to use CBT within your work/voluntary placement setting and you will need to access CBT supervision for at least one hour per month.

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree in psychology or other health/social care related discipline, e.g. counselling, health sciences, nursing

Or:

An honours degree (in any discipline) (2.2 or above) and a diploma in counselling or its UKCP or BPS equivalent.

In addition applicants are required to have achieved 12 months mental health related work experience and be currently working/volunteering in practice using CBT or Cognitive Behavioural skills.

Students will be required to use CBT skills within their work/voluntary placement setting and will need to access supervised practice.

Practice should be supervised by:

A qualified Counselling/Psychotherapy Supervisor who is a member of BACP/BABCP/UKCP who is proficient to supervise CBT skills.

An accredited CBT therapist who is, or is working towards, BABCP supervision accreditation.

DBS equivalent for international students required. 


Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

A candidate whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 7 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge / British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS). This is broadly comparable to a classification of C1 under the Common European Framework (CEF). The NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) stipulates that IELTS minimum score must be at 7.0 (and for each component 5.5 or above).

Teaching

Learning is delivered via blended learning methods including seminars and master classes, critical analysis of case studies, relevant literature and research and reflection on practical applications. Use of video/audio, role play and skills assessment are essential to this course in years one and two to ensure competency of the student in practising CBT. The use of Blackboard as a learning resource is also an important element in all of the modules on the course. It is anticipated that a generous part of this work will be focused on enhancing self-awareness and using CBT tools and techniques on the self using self-help texts and interactive activities. It is anticipated that if the students can use some CBT tools on themselves that this increases self-awareness of their own interpersonal issues and also assists in practicing methods on themselves prior to using these with clients.

Assessment

  • Tutor and peer practical in-class assessment
  • Case studies
  • Reflective assignments and portfolios of learning

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Gillian Rayner (Course Leader MSc CBP)

My interests focus on interpersonal issues and CBT and working with people who self-harm or have a diagnosis of personality disorder. My PhD research was entitled "Interpersonal Processes and Self-Harm" (2011). I have presented at many conferences and study days over the years on these areas of work. I have 15 years experience of organising, creating and facilitating learning experiences (from conferences to study days) around these areas for many different organisations. I also provide CBT and research supervision. I am accredited as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). I am an external examiner for Derby University for three on-line programmes relating to counselling, CBT and clinical supervision and also a traditionally taught therapeutic programme in Sweden.

I am also working on another six papers from my PhD for publication.

Hall, G.C. (1995), ‘Using Groupwork to Understand Arsonists’ Nursing Standard, vol 9, Number 23, P25-28.

Rayner, G.C. and Warner, S. (2003), ‘Self-harming Behaviour: from Lay Perceptions to Clinical Practice’ Counselling Psychology Quarterly Vol 16 No 4 pp305-329.

Rayner, G and Wilkins, T (2005), ‘Debate: Is Personality Disorder Treatable?’ Nursing Times,vol 101,no 6, P20.

Rayner, G.C., Allen S.L. and Johnson, M. (2005), ‘Countertransference and Self-Injury: a Cognitive Behavioural Cycle’ Journal of Advanced Nursing 50(1), 12–19.

Employability

This Masters has been designed to meet the growing need for people to have the skill set to work with clients with complex needs or mild to moderate mental health issues.

Many of our students already have jobs, but inform us that this course enhances their level of employment, or offers a new career pathway. Examples of job titles in the NHS are; CBT lead for mental health trust and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist/therapist

Alumni Profile

Ramsha Butt, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy student

"I chose to study at Salford University for my MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course because I had also completed my undergraduate BSc course at Salford and my experience at the university so far was very good. When looking towards the future and exploring what I would like to do next upon completing my BSc, I came across the MSc CBP course and contacted the course leader to enquire more. Upon expressing my interest in the course I gained a great deal of support and all my queries and questions were answered.

The course leader was very supportive, answering all the questions I had about the course. I had applied for the part time 3 year course however I expressed interest in completing the course on a full-time basis due to personal reasons and I was able to discuss this with the course leader and arrange a specific tailored schedule to suit both me and the modules to be able to complete the course.

The support received from personal tutors whilst completing the course or working towards a career path was fantastic.

My favourite project/ piece of work was my dissertation as I had the opportunity to work with complex presentations and provide interventions and also evaluate the intervention to see how useful or beneficial it was to the service users. In addition to this it also gave the opportunity to understand how secondary care NHS settings worked.

The course has enabled me to gain employment within a partner organisation of the NHS as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and I have now been able to further develop my career by applying for provisional accreditation from a professional body and also gain new employment in a specialist role working with long term health problems."

Links with Industry

This course has been created after request from the North West Strategic Health Authority. Some students will be able to use the Service Level Agreement to fund these modules. Other students will self-fund or request funding from their employer.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,700
Part-timeMSc: £2,750 (year 1)
Full-time International£13,300
Full-time PgDip£5,500