Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

1. Programme Details

Programme namePGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Programme codePDP1PSYPSY05
Study mode(s)Full 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 (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programme is aimed at clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and other professionals with experience of delivering mental health such as nurses and counsellors. It provides intensive skills training in accordance with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP) guidelines for good practice.

High intensity therapists assess and treat primary care patients with common mental health problems (principally anxiety and depression) using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as part of the stepped-care approach. The approach works to alleviate symptoms and have a positive impact on social inclusion, employment and productivity. Practitioners will work closely with other agencies to assess and maximise employment opportunities for each client.

The programme prepares you to provide high-intensity CBT within Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services. It adheres to the national curriculum published by the Department of Health (2008). The School maintains a firm commitment to evidence-based clinical practice and as such we endeavour to ensure all of our training programmes are firmly embedded within current research.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme will have a cognitive-behavioural theoretical base with preference for approaches with the soundest evidence and where cognitive and behavioural techniques are integrated in therapy and fully compliant with High Intensity IAPT curriculum. In addition to providing practical intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency, the programme will aim to increase your knowledge base of therapy and research in CBT and to promote a critical approach to the subject. It will aim to equip you to become a skilled and creative independent High Intensity therapist, in accordance with BABCP guidelines for good practice and to contribute to the further development of CBT.

The programme will provide opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

1.    To develop practical competency in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy for common psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety

2.    To develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT

The programme is suited to those pursuing a career as a High Intensity therapist, defined under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative.

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


120 credits of compulsory and non-condonable modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSYM184 The Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 30Yes
PSYM185 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Depression 30Yes
PSYM186 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Disorder 30Yes
PSYM187 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Clinical 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. Construct maintenance and developmental CBT conceptualisation for depression and anxiety disorders.
2. Develop CBT specific treatment plans.
3. Practice CBT for depression and anxiety disorders systematically, creatively and with good clinical outcomes.
4. Deal with complex issues arising in CBT practice.

Lectures and group tutorials based at the University. Guided independent study. Clinical practice placement. Group supervision of practice incorporating analysis of recorded practice and written supervision feedback. 

20 minute assessment and formulation case presentation.

4,000 word depression case report.

4,000 word anxiety case report.

7,000 word extended case reports.

500 word self-practice self-reflection summary.

Clinical practice portfolio including supervisor reports.

CTS-R assessment of a full audio recorded therapy session.

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. Practice as a scientist practitioner, advancing your knowledge and understanding and develop new skills to a high level.
6. Explain in detail the principles of CBT and the evidence base for the application of CBT techniques.
7. Explain in detail CBT theory and therapeutic models for depression and anxiety disorders.
8. Describe and critically evaluate the theoretical and research evidence for cognitive behaviour models.

Lectures and group tutorials. Guided independent study and clinical practice. Group supervision of supervision practice incorporating analysis of recorded practice and written supervision feedback.

20 minute assessment and formulation case presentation.

4,000 word depression case report.

4,000 word anxiety case report.

7,000 word extended case reports.

500 word self-practice self-reflection summary.

3,750 word depression essay.

3,750 word anxiety essay.

Clinical practice portfolio including supervisor reports.

CTS-R assessment of two full audio recorded therapy sessions.

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:

9. Take personal responsibility for clinical decision making in straightforward and more complex situations.
10. Tackle and solve therapeutic problems with self-direction and originality.
11. Adapt CBT with sensitivity, ensuring equitable access to diverse cultures and values.

Group supervision and tutorials. Practice-based peer review and self-directed learning. Clinical practice placement.

20 minute assessment and formulation case presentation.

4,000 word depression case report.

4,000 word anxiety case report.

7,000 word extended case report.

500 word self-practice self-reflection summary.

Clinical practice portfolio including supervisor reports.

CTS-R assessment of two full audio recorded therapy sessions.

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 (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). 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.

Programme-specific Award Rules

You are not permitted to exit with a PGCert on passing 60 credits.

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 normally have completed a recognised professional clinical training or relevant undergraduate degree. Non-standard applications will be considered where applicants can demonstrate the required academic ability alongside existing knowledge, experience and skills developed in the workplace, relevant to this programme. Please contact the Programme Director if you would like to explore whether your prior learning, experience and skills would be acceptable. Candidates will need to undertake an interview and confirmation of appropriate registration to practice (eg Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery Council Registration) and evidence of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Candidates must also be able to fulfil the BABCP accreditation standards for cognitive behaviour therapists following training and continued supervised practice. Candidates should therefore meet the following criteria:

  • Have a relevant professional training to degree level or equivalent (clinical psychology, educational psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatry, counselling, health visiting, medicine, teaching) whose current professional practice involves working with individuals, families and/or couples;
  • In most cases applicants will have to already possess an undergraduate qualification and a professional qualification relevant to their profession;
  • In exceptional circumstances, unqualified candidates, through an APEL procedure, who can demonstrate the equivalent of such can be considered.  

Specific admission criteria that should be met by applicants include the following:

  • Successful completion of a  foundation level course or equivalent in CBT;
  • Regular and ongoing participation in clinical work involving the practice of a cognitive behaviour therapy.

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

On successful completion of this programme you may be able to submit your practice portfolio and other assignments towards accreditation by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), subject to additional requirements as necessary.

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 (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

25/11/14

Date of last revision

17/02/2015