Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)

1. Programme Details

Programme namePGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) Programme codePDP0PSYPSY04
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2015/6
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) programme has been developed to further equip you with the knowledge and skills in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-based Approaches (MBA).This programme particularly focuses on the skills required to be ready and competent to teach MBCT/MBA classes for clients. You will also be supported in a safe environment teaching to peers before moving to placements to begin to teach in real world settings under the supervision and guidance of an experienced MBCT/MBA teacher.

Although there is not yet a nationally recognised MBCT/MBA professional qualification we are working closely with Universities of Bangor and Oxford to ensure appropriate standards.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) aims to develop your readiness to offer MBCT/MBA to people in a setting specific to your professional orientation. You will develop competence in established evidence-based applications of MBCT/MBA assessed by using the Mindfulness-based Interventions - Teaching Assessment Criteria, and will also be able to contribute to the developing field of the application and evaluation.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review.

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory and non-condonable modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSYM056 Training to Teach Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches 30Yes
PSYM057 Assessed Teaching Practice 30Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Work with the challenges and uncertainties of instructing an MBCT/MBA course
2. Adherence appropriately to the curriculum of MBCT/MBA showing an understanding of the rationale for the different elements
3. Lead the key MBCT/MBA practices in a clinical or health setting in an accessible language
4. Work with and facilitate groups

Outcomes are developed through observing and reflecting on a range of established mindfulness practitioners (live and on video tape); rehearsing new skills with peers and instructing MBCT/MBA groups under supervision.

Observation of students offering MBCT/MBA with an accompanying piece of reflective writing.

Live or recorded (audio or video) observation of instructing MBCT/MBA in clinical settings under supervision.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Sustain and refine personal mindfulness practice and discuss its relevance in underpinning MBCT/MBA instruction
6. Select, organise and evaluate material to produce a coherent argument
7. Make use of supervision

Outcomes are developed throughout the programme through an intensive residential retreat. Learning is then applied to the instruction of MBCT/MBA in a peer group setting, followed by a clinical setting. There are some additional training days to support further learning.

Whilst on placement there are weekly supervision sessions. Weekly notes are recorded of the supervision showing how the sessions are used.

All presented and written work attracts formative feedback from teachers that is intended to enable you to plan future improvements. You may discuss your progress further with programme staff during tutorials.

3,000 word essay on ethics and values

4,000 word written report of an MBCT/MBA group.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Describe requisite values and competencies needed to begin to offer MBCT/MBA
9. Communicate understanding of theory and application to practice in written and verbal formats
10. Reflect upon learning, set personal learning goals and evaluate progress

Outcomes are developed through rehearsing new skills with peers and instructing MBCT/MBA groups under supervision.

Live observation of students’ offering MBCT/MBA, initially practising on peers.

Live or recorded (audio or video) observation of instructing MBCT/MBA in clinical settings under supervision

4,000 word written report of an MBCT/MBA group that they instructed / co-instructed.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

You must pass all the modules in the table above. The pass mark for these modules is 50% with an additional requirement to pass all individual assessments within individual modules. If you fail any modules you will not be permitted to continue with the programme and your registration as a student will be terminated with immediate effect.

Following successful completion of the PGDip, you will be permitted to progress onto the MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches). For progression to the MSc component there is an additional requirement to pass the module PYCM002 Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research. If successful the marks will not be included in the MSc award calculation.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications/index.html)

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

 

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

Applicants must meet the following additional criteria:

  • Successful completion of the PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)  and agreement from the programme lead to progress
  • A  degree in Psychology or related topic
  • Requisite personal and interpersonal qualities (e.g. genuineness, compassion, warmth, empathy, potency – please see item 2 of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teacher Assessment Criteria MBI-TAC in the handbook)
  • Attendance on an 8 week course with a teacherwho meets UK Network Good Practice Guidelines http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk/#guidelines 
  • A professional qualification:
    • A health / mental health professional qualification and/or,
    • A counselling/psychotherapy qualification with appropriate certification and/or,
    • A complementary health practitioners qualification with appropriate certification and/or,
    • Another professional qualification with appropriate certification e.g. teaching qualification
  • Minimum of 2 years of post-qualification experience
  • Some relevant experience as a group facilitator
  • Knowledge and experience of the populations to which the mindfulness-based approach will be delivered, including experience of teaching, therapeutic or other care provision with groups and individuals.
  • A commitment to a personal mindfulness practice through daily formal and informal practice

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

This programme is not accredited by an external agency.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

60

ECTS credits

30

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/07/2011

Date of last revision

17/02/2015