The online Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Psychology programme consists of five modules. The first introduction module takes four weeks to complete and subsequent academic modules take eight weeks to complete.
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.
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.
To understand and critically evaluate theories of psychopathology, the challenges faced by those experiencing mental ill-health and the psychological interventions designed to reduce mental ill-health and increase wellbeing.
Adopting a cross-cultural perspective and a focus on ethics and professionalism, this module presents and critically discusses the different approaches to the concept of mental health and the treatment of mental health disorders. As a student, you will gain an overview of the various approaches including psychotherapeutic interventions, cognitive appraisal and treatment, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
To understand and critically evaluate theoretical and empirical aspects of the therapeutic relationship, in a variety of settings and with diverse populations.
This module presents and critically discusses the factors affecting the quality of psychotherapy, including those concerning the patient (e.g. socioeconomic status, personality traits), the therapist (e.g. skills, attitude) and the process (e.g. expectations, time lapse between diagnosis and therapy). These factors come together in the concept of the therapeutic alliance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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