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Online Postgraduate Award in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Structure

The online Postgraduate Award in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy consists of three modules. The first on-boarding module takes four weeks to complete and the subsequent academic modules both take eight weeks to complete.

Modules

  1. Learning and Developing in the Digital Age
  2. Psychological Appraisal and Treatment
  3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Mental Health Treatment

Objective:

To provide an understanding of the core concepts related to online education with University of Liverpool Online and to help you develop the skills required for successful progression within the programme. Successful completion of this module is required to continue on to subsequent modules.

Description:

This module is intended to prepare students for successful online study as well as to ensure they understand the academic requirements associated with the programme. As a student, you will learn how to make the best use of the learning platform, to navigate the online classroom and the University of Liverpool’s online library confidently. You will also learn how to produce high quality academic work that draws on classroom materials, collaborative activities with peers and your own professional experience.

Curriculum

  • The University’s model of online learning, with respect to independent learning and continuing professional development
  • Collaborative communication of professional and academic concepts to fellow students and independently within formal assignments
  • Engagement with topical literature to develop academic arguments, carry out library research and reference sources correctly in the appropriate style
  • Self-reflection and application of feedback to improve future academic work
  • Development of an effective and realistic study plan, to anticipate the time required to complete a module successfully

Duration:

4 weeks

Objective

To acquire the knowledge and skills to assess and diagnose a variety of mental health conditions as well as to design and evaluate the corresponding intervention from a cross-cultural perspective and carefully maintaining professional and ethical standards.

Description

This module presents and critically discusses the foremost models and approaches to the assessment of mental health conditions, as well as the evidence-based techniques for diagnosis, case formulation and intervention. As a student, you will know the procedures for selecting, administering, scoring and communicating the results of psychological assessment tools. You will select, apply and evaluate the most appropriate intervention procedures, and will autonomously adapt your own performance in diagnosis and case formulation to diverse contexts of mental ill-health and across cultures. This module builds a solid foundation for understanding cognitive behavioural therapy.

Curriculum

  • Introduction to psychological appraisal and treatment
  • Assessments in mental health
  • Diagnosis and case formulation
  • Interventions—therapeutic models and approaches
  • Interventions—developmental pathways
  • Evaluating treatment
  • Professional and ethical perspectives in psychological appraisal and treatment
  • Research methods in mental health: systematic review

Duration:

8 weeks

Objective

To construct knowledge and to practice the skills around the concept, background, techniques, applications and effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy across a variety of settings.

Description

This module introduces and critically discusses the fundaments and applications of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a form of psychological treatment based on the combination of cognitive and behavioural principles and techniques (e.g. psychoeducation, exposure, cognitive restructuring, and anxiety management). As a student, you will design a CBT intervention in a psychotherapeutic setting, selecting and applying the most suitable from a range of advanced techniques and evaluating their effectiveness. You will also adapt CBT principles and techniques to the different stages of the life cycle as well as across cultures.

Curriculum

  • What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
  • The contribution of behaviourism to CBT; Qualitative methods: Systematic review
  • Contributions of cognitive approaches to CBT; Qualitative methods: meta-analysis
  • Mental disorders and CBT responses
  • CBT formulations
  • Using CBT for the process of change
  • Applying CBT to different contexts
  • The CBT professional

Duration:

8 weeks

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