Competence to deliver high quality, collaborative, evidence-based interventions in accordance with NICE guidance and the competence framework for work with people with psychosis and bipolar disorder (Roth & Pilling 2013). UCL is among the principal research and training centres in the UK for mental health and psychological therapies and offers an ideal environment to study CBT.
The UCL course is run and taught by experienced practitioners in the field, and therefore a balance is achieved between the teaching of the theoretical knowledge needed and the practical skills necessary in training as CBT therapists Who is the programme for?
In the first year, CBT treatment will be focused on anxiety disorders and depression, either as the only problems or comorbid with psychosis.
The second year will be focused on CBTp interventions, so the clients seen will need to be people experiencing psychosis and bipolar disorder.
This two year, one day a week diploma provides training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis (CBTp).
It is designed for health and social care staff working with people who experience psychosis, who have no or limited training in delivering formal CBT interventions.Students will need to receive supervision for the clients they see from a CBT/CBTp supervisor from the service where the client is being treated.This is in addition group supervision provided by the programme.Students on the course need to be seconded on to the course by their employer and be working in a setting with people with psychosis and have access to a CBTp clinical supervisor, as a key element of the course is be be able to practice CBT and CBTp under supervision.Cognitive behavioural interventions have a well-established evidence base for a wide range of mental health problems.An awareness of key cognitive behavioural models of mental health problems, associated theoretical underpinnings and the related evidence base, focusing on psychosis.2.Competence in engaging, assessing and developing collaborative formulations with individuals with mental health problems, and in particular with those experiencing psychosis and bipolar disorder.3.This evidence extends to the use of CBT for psychosis, an intervention that is recommended by the National Institute for Heath and Clinical Excellence (NICE).The need to train more practitioners in CBT was recognised by the government in establishing the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Services programme in England in 2008.Most teaching days comprise a combination of lectures, skills practice and a supervision group. All modules are compulsory, and the module titles are listed below.• Fundamentals of cognitive behaviour therapy• CBT for anxiety• CBT for depression• CBT for people with psychosis – fundamentals• CBT for people with psychosis – implementation• Portfolio The programme is delivered one day a week, over 5 terms (two years).There are a total of 60 taught days in total: 30 per year in term time.