Main Aims of the Programme

This programme is designed to prepare mental health workers employed as High Intensity trainees within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service delivery model.  The course is BABCP level 2 Accredited. Successful completion of the course will provide programme members with all the necessary academic and training requirements to meet BABCP accreditation as a cognitive behavioural therapist.

Specific Programme Aims

On completion of the programme we hope that members will be able to:

  • Evidence practical competency in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for depression and anxiety and be familiar with the recognition and management of common co-morbid conditions.
  • Understand and work within an IAPT service model, understanding stepped care and the role of low intensity workers.
  • Evidence critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT
  • Integrate theoretical understanding with their clinical practice in CBT practice
  • Be familiar with the classic CBT literature, its context and its relevance or otherwise to contemporary CBT practice.
  • Assess patients for CBT, to know when it is indicated and contra-indicated, and to have an awareness of other forms of potentially appropriate therapies.
  • Develop an ethical approach to the clinical practice of CBT practice, and an understanding of the issues of confidentiality and ethics in relation to CBT theory and practice.
  • Understand the social context in which CBT ideas developed and consider ways in which sexism, racism, sectarianism, ageism, and other forms of discrimination may affect practice of psychotherapy.
  • Engage in career-long reflective practice for the ongoing development of clinical skills.