Cognitive Behavioural Studies and Skills (not a license for practice), University Advanced Diploma



Course code: UB9BA    Level: 6

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is designed to help people who may be experiencing a range of mental health difficulties, causing extreme distress in their emotions and behaviour.  This University Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Studies and Skills is a perfect entry level course to help you learn more about CBT.

It could be your first step toward becoming an accredited psychotherapist; this qualification alone will not give you a licence to practice but may help you decide if this is a career you wish to pursue. Alternatively as a mental health nurse, social worker or occupational therapist, you can bring an additional dimension to your role, benefiting both you and your patients.

It will allow you entry on to the University’s campus based MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy,accredited by British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), which will allow you to become a highly skilled cognitive behavioural therapist.

An ideal introduction to CBT

A diverse range of people take this course, which makes for more interesting class discussions and debates. Students are typically from mental health, nursing, social work or occupational therapy backgrounds, from all over the world. You will need a related qualification, but you might be an aspiring therapist or counsellor, or already have years of experience in such a role. If you want to work towards becoming an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist, this online University Advanced Diploma will count as one of the four years of training required.

An online course, but there’s plenty of opportunities to practice

You may be surprised to learn that CBT can be studied online. But through our use of specially designed, interactive teaching methods you’ll participate in virtual classrooms and online discussion forums where you can discuss and debate relevant topics with fellow online students. So in many ways it’s a ‘safe’, less daunting environment in which to learn.

Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures.

You will need to complete the following modules. 



-Contemporary Approaches within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy



In this specialist module you will choose one of the contemporary approaches within CBT to focus upon, such as: Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) (using the materials created by Professor Paul Gilbert, the founder of CFT) or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  You will study the approach in some depth and consider the contribution that it has made to our understanding of human problems and distress. This is ideal for practitioners who are specialising in integrating insights and skills from CBT within their current practice.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

-Critically analyse the contribution that one area of contemporary CBT approaches has made to our understanding of human problems.

-Apply skills and theoretical insights from an area of contemorary CBT approaches into their practice.



-Relationships Informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 



In studying this module you will learn some important components of what it is to be a practitioner who can integrate knowledge and skills from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches into your current practice.  In short, you are becoming a CBT informed helper who can make safe decisions about when to work using knowledge and skills from CBT and when not to.

You will learn about how CBT practitioners make sense of and use of therapeutic relationships and skills. In addition, you will analyse interviewing and assessment skills. You will then go on to determine how you may integrate this knowledge and skills into your current professional practice.

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

-Evaluate your participation in self-development and peer supervision activities.

-Identify how the learned skills and insights from CBT approaches can be integrated safely within your current practice.

-Critically analyse the use of relational and interviewing skills in work with others that is informed by CBT approaches.



-Working with People with Distress and Disorder 



In studying this module you will learn about how all people can experience a range of different forms and degrees of emotional and psychological distress and disorder. There is an even wider range of historically, politically, socially, and culturally informed ways of making sense of this experience.

You will study a range of the issues and debates in how we have, and now do, diagnose and then treat people.  In addition, the module will also enable you to critically reflect on your work role and your workplace and on how you and your colleagues can work with people who experience distress and disorder in a facilitating way.

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

-Analyse a range of different ways of making sense of complex forms of emotional, physical and psychological distress.

-Evaluate the possible causes of, and treatments for people who experience specific distress, disorders or psychopathologies.

-Critically reflect upon your role, when using insights from CBT approaches to therapeutically support people who are considered to have a mental disorder.



You will need:

-a University Diploma in Counselling or an equivalent qualification

-the ability to work independently

-to complete an online application form with suitable references.

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

-IELTS 6.0

-TOEFL 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based)

-Pearson Test of Academic English: 51

-Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass

-London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses

-International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C

-International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C

Specialist online university
University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) specialises in delivering higher education and its objective is to empower students to achieve their full potential through a first class educational experience supported by information, advice and guidance.

University experience enriched with support
UDOL recognises that studying online and at a distance comes with its own challenges and that it’s a very different experience to traditional campus based study. The university´s support services have been designed to ensure that you can make the most of your time at the UDOL; with a wide range of support and information readily accessible.

Student support services include:

– Academic Team and Online Tutor
– Online Learner Advisor
– Student Wellbeing
– IT Service Centre
– eLibrary and Resource Centre
– Study Skills Advisory Scheme
– Skills Diagnostic Self-Assessment Tool
– Careers and Employment Service

Read more below:

Academic Team and Online Tutor
UDOL has a large team of highly qualified academics from around the world, who are experts in their field. They are research active and many of them have a wealth of experience in industry as well as in academia, bringing great value to the programmes. The team also has a high level of expertise in online learning, using best practice techniques combined with online teaching methods to ensure your studies are rich and stimulating.

Online Learner Advisors
Once enrolled onto your course, you will be assigned a dedicated Online Learner Advisor with extensive knowledge of your programme, who will be your main point of contact throughout your course.
To help you succeed in reaching your academic goals, your Online Learner Advisor will maintain regular communication with you, offering advice and guidance for any non-academic issues such as pace of study, fees and funding, authorised breaks from study, dealing with exceptional circumstances, and much more.

Student Wellbeing
Achieving success in your studies is affected as much by your wellbeing as it is by your academic ability. If you are happy and confident within yourself and your environment, then you will be far more able to achieve the success that you deserve.
The Student Wellbeing services offer support for anything that may impact on you, your academic performance or your experience as a student, from budgeting and anxiety to managing serious problems. The counsellors are especially trained in supporting students online, no matter the issue.
For students with disabilities, learning difficulties or long-term or mental health conditions, specialist support is also available. The student wellbeing team will assess your requirements and put Support Plans in place containing reasonable adjustments to the way you are taught or assessed.

IT Service Centre
The IT Service Centre is able to provide assistance if you are experiencing technical difficulties. They are available 24 hours a day so no matter your time zone, IT support is just a call away.

eLibrary and Resource Centre
The University’s library is accessible to online and distance learners. Investment has been made to make sure that your reading lists are in electronic format and that there is a wide range of online databases, digital texts and ejournals available to you.
As a UK based University of Derby student, you can also access other libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme, which enables materials to be borrowed from higher-education libraries across the country. Many universities, HE colleges and national libraries throughout the UK and Ireland participate in the scheme making their resources widely available.
The library runs a comprehensive schedule of Support Sessions covering a wide range of topics. These live, one hourly webinars cover topics such as study skills, using the virtual library enquiry desk and dealing with assessment anxiety.

Study Skills Advisory Scheme
Developing your study skills is an integral part of studying. It is particularly important if you are returning to study after a long break and lack confidence in this area.
There is a wide range of resources including guides, audio-visual tutorials and live webinars covering:

– Writing essays and reports
– Writing a dissertation or Independent Studies
– Citing and referencing
– Reading and note taking
– Research skills
– Time management and coping with pressure
– Reflection and personal development planning
– And much more…

Skills Diagnostic Self-Assessment tool
To ensure you have the skills needed for online and academic study, our unique study skills diagnostic tool gives you the opportunity, at any point of your studies, to identify the skills that you are strong at and those which you may need additional help with. The tool will direct you to information and assisted support according to your needs.

Careers and Employment Service
Whether you’re just starting your career or are on a well-established pathway, the Careers and Employment Service has lots to offers. Live webinars, career coaching, CV tailoring and online resources are just some of the services that are freely available to help you develop your employability skills and to plan your next career move. The Careers and Employment service is equipped to help you explore what you will need to do to enhance your career and support you in applying for roles.
As an Alumnus of the University, you will have access to the Careers and Employment Centre for up to 3 years after graduation. You can access the service online, over Skype/ Hangout, on the phone, through e-mail or in person at our Derby campus.

Find out more about the careers and employment centre

– Step 1- Start your online application.

It’s free to apply and you have 28 days to complete your application so don’t worry if you don’t have everything to hand right now.

– Step 2 – Submit your online application.

Provide as much detail as you can and we will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

Please, attach the following documents to your online application:

– Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence

– Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher

– Copies of certificates or letter of testimony for previous qualifications

Don’t worry if you can’t attach your documents right away.  Simply write your name and unique application id onto them, email, fax or post them to us after you’ve submitted your completed application.

– Step 3 – Wait for a response.

Our Online Learning Advisors will review your application and contact you within 1 working week. If your application is successful, we will make you an ‘unconditional’ offer. If we still need some additional information from you (eg evidence of your qualifications and experience including certificates and references) we may make you a conditional offer. If your application is unsuccessful on this occasion, we will email you to let you know.

– Step 4 – Time to enrol

We’ll ask you to enrol onto your course about 4 – 6 weeks before the start of term.  For example, if you apply to start your course in September enrolment will open approximately mid-August.

– Step 5 – … and pay

Contact us for more details about payments and notes for sponsors.

– Need Help?

If you have any questions during your application, don’t hesitate to contact your friendly Online Learning Advisors for assistance.

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