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Postgraduate Course: cyCognitive Behavioural Therapy - Supervised Practice (CLPS11040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will focus on the development of clinical skills through practice and clinical supervision.

This is a core course for the PGCert cyCBT. Students completing the PGCert have the option to continue on to complete the MSc in Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice.

Due to the practice-based elements and supervision requirements of this course, it can only be taken on a part-time basis over one year.
Course description Participants are required to have access to a minimum of five clinical cases for the duration of the course which are suitable for the purposes of training in child/ adolescent CBT, and with whom the student is undertaking CBT interventions. Participants should aim to work with a range of clients (both in terms of age and presenting difficulties), one of which will be presented as a formal case study at the end of the course. Cases presented at the end of the course must be cases for which the student received supervision from the course supervisors and in which they directly administered treatment. The student will provide taped evidence of clinical work which will be submitted alongside the case study, and used in clinical supervision.

Tutorial content is decided by students within a group supervision framework.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Have a relevant core professional training, to degree level or equivalent (reaching SCQF level 9). Where an applicant's undergraduate degree does not meet the level stated above they may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director so long as they meet the relevant professional training requirements.
Substantial current, or recent, work experience with children and young people in mental health settings. This should provide clinically relevant experience which may be acquired in statutory, third sector or private organisations.
Applicants must have successfully completed the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People : Theory & Practice course.
Applicants must have access to clinical cases and appropriate clinical supervision for the planned duration of study so as to undertake therapeutic work with a child or young person in an appropriate setting. This aspect of the course will not be provided by the university programme team.
It is expected that applicants will have full enhanced Disclosure Scotland clearance, evidence of which will be required.
Additional Costs Supervision costs are not met by the University; students based in the NHS will usually receive supervision free of charge from NHS-based supervisors, but students from outside the NHS are likely to have to pay for their supervision.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be proficient in conducting a functional analysis of childhood problems via the use of self report, parental/ other report, observations and interview methods.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of and proficiency in providing a cognitive behavioural formulation of the most common problems of childhood in a written format.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of, and proficiency in the application of the most commonly used techniques associated with CBT including: Psychoeducation, structured clinical practice e.g. goal setting, homework, agenda setting. Exposure techniques, cognitive restructuring and building a shared CBT formulation.
  4. Clinical practice should demonstrate an understanding of the developmental and systemic perspective of the child/young person and its relationship with their presenting problem
Reading List
Friedberg, R.D. & McClure, J. M. (2002). Clinical practice of cognitive therapy with children and adolescents: The nuts and bolts. New York: Guilford Press.
Graham, P. (2005). Cognitive behaviour therapy for children and families (2nd ed). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kazdin, A. & Weisz, J. (2003). Evidenced┐Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents. New York: Guilford Press.
Kendall, P.C. (2006). Child and Adolescent Therapy: Cognitive┐Behavioural Procedures. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills * Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical analysis
* Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability and working with others
* Technical and practical skills
* Communication, numeracy and IT skills
Additional Class Delivery Information Monthly day-long tutorials are held between January and June.
Course organiserDr Charles Marley
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
Course secretaryMrs Clara Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 3037
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