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BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Interventions

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University of Salford, Salford, M6 6PU, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

If you are involved with people diagnosed with a “Personality Disorder” or use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with a variety of clients, our Therapeutic Interventions course is designed to improve your care standards and develop your skills and confidence.

This flexible, part-time course is aimed at anyone working in a health and social care setting.

What qualifications do I need to study Therapeutic Interventions?

We consider students from a wide range of backgrounds and work experience and you don’t need previous professional training to apply.

What would you gain from joining our course?

  • Specialist knowledge of varied client groups
  • A range of practice contexts and new therapeutic approaches
  • Confidence in understanding and using research methods to improve your own practice and service delivery
  • Solid preparation for professional accreditation and progression
  • A facility for critical analysis, building on your own judgement as a reflective mental health practitioner

Course content

The Therapeutic Interventions course will enhance and increase your range of skills and confidence, help you gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of yourself and enable you to influence change at work.

You can complete the course in 18 months if you study 2 modules at a time, or you can take up to 5 years. To complete the full degree you will need to take 4 core modules and 2 optional modules.

Core modules

  • Evidence Based Practice 1 explores the research process and the concept and process of using it to support best practice
  • Core Skills and Concepts takes a look at human behaviour and enhances your skills of assessment and intervention. This module also examines the current political, social, professional and ethical guidance that influence mental health care
  • Leading Change, Influencing Practice will develop your leadership skills and help you promote effective communication and relationship strategies, giving you the skills and knowledge to influence change in the workplace

In addition to these 3 core modules, you will need to choose between the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Complex Cases or the Personality Disorder pathways:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) describes a number of therapies that all have a similar approach to solving problems, ranging from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression. CBT works by changing people's attitudes and their behaviour. The therapies focus on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that we hold (our cognitive processes) and how these relate to the way we behave, as a way of dealing with emotional problems.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Complex Cases will enhance your skills in the use of CBT, enabling you to work with clients with complex and/or long-term needs. It also provides you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to begin applying CBT in clinical practice.

  • This route is ideal for those who wish to cover the training requirements for BABCP accreditation.

Personality Disorder

Personality disorders are common and often disabling conditions. Many people with a personality disorder are able to go about their daily lives without too much difficulty, but there are others who, because of the severity of their condition, suffer a great deal of distress, placing a heavy burden on family, friends and those who provide care for them.

Individuals with a personality disorder are more likely to suffer from alcohol and drug problems and are also more likely to experience adverse life events such as relationship difficulties, housing problems and long-term unemployment.

The Personality Disorder module will help you acquire the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet the needs of clients with complex needs/personality disorder. It also helps you critically appraise the diagnosis, therapeutic practice and institutional systems that effect therapeutic work.

  • This pathway has been designed to cover the post-qualifying skills required within the NIMHE/CSIP Personality Skills Escalator.

Work-based practice

If you are undertaking the CBT pathway, you need to be working with people using CBT and have an accreditable CBT supervisor. You will need to have approximately one hours supervision per month.

If you chose the Personality Disorder pathway, you need to be working in either a therapeutic or leadership capacity with people who have this diagnosis.

You will be required to keep a record of both your therapeutic practice and supervision in a professional log. This will contribute towards your accreditation and will also underpin your assignments, which are designed to demonstrate your development as a reflective practitioner.

All our CBT lecturers are active researchers, supervisors and therapists. Each of the lecturers on all of our modules have their own area of expertise and are recognised in that area.

Optional modules

We offer a wide range of optional modules including:

Our modules provide an innovative and flexible series of learning experiences that meet your needs as a practitioner and leader of change

What you can expect from Salford

This course offers a variety of modules that help you deal with the challenge of therapeutic practice in the real world. It has been designed to help you change your practice and allow you to lead a change culture within your own place of work.

The courses are led by experienced practitioners, all active in current practice, supervision and research. There is also additional input from specialist speakers, either professionals or experts by experience.

We constantly look for the connections between theory, practice and research, with a focus on inter-disciplinary links to other professions. Students attending the course come from a variety of workplaces including health and social care, education, spiritual and private practice.

An investment in your future

You'll find us on the Allerton Campus of the University which includes the Mary Seacole Building, a brand new development with state-of-the-art clinical rooms, lecture theatres and offices, providing some of the most up-to-date facilities in the UK.

Virtual Learning

You will get additional support through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It can be accessed by registered users from anywhere in the world by using the internet and provides a range of possibilities, including:

  • The delivery of course materials, such as handbooks, lecture handouts, slides and web links which can be accessed easily by students both on and off campus
  • The use of discussion boards that allows discussion between staff, students and others
  • Online exchanges between staff, students and others who can be logged into a virtual classroom
  • Taking online assessments with automatic marking and feedback facilities

Exploring the evidence base

While our aim is to provide you with all the support and guidance you need to successfully complete this course, you will also have access to a vibrant research community:

  • A creative and dynamic environment for the conduct of ground-breaking research that has a direct impact upon health and social care policy and practice
  • Inter-disciplinary research that unites academics, researchers, postgraduate students and research users in a shared community of enquiry
  • Partnerships and collaborations with a wide range of organisations and researchers in the UK and internationally

This means that we are able to offer a wealth of experience across a diverse range of disciplines that will enhance your learning experience.

Did you know?

All our modules can also be taken as short courses in their own right. This is ideal for those who wish to address their continuing professional development needs in a more flexible way.

Each module is also mapped against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and Standards for Better Health, thereby enhancing your opportunity for career progression.

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