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PGCert Strengths-Based Approaches in CBT

Course Overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Counselling and wellbeing

Attendance

Part-time, one year

Learning

Distance Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Each of us has a set of everyday personal strengths which we play down or perhaps don’t even notice because they seem ordinary, ho-hum and of little consequence.   

Resilience is our ability to stay present to and recover from life’s difficulties and challenges.  It includes our capacity to make the best of an unwanted situation, and to cope with the stress associated with finding the strength to do so.   

Research indicates that resilience-building efforts can improve both individual and interpersonal wellbeing, all whilst lessening the risk of moods such as depression and anxiety.   

You’ll use these and other insights to discover and experience the fundamentals of engendering much more in the way of curiosity and resilience in the helping work you offer others. This course is designed to help you acquire the knowledge and skills required to do so in the context of various professional activities.  Examples include coaching, mentoring, education, medicine, social work, human resources management, nursing, counselling, medicine, business, law, advocacy, prison and rehabilitation services, youth work, police work, charity aid work, pastoral care, palliative care, community services and mental-health services.

We are in support of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion by our mode of delivery (i.e., monthly Friday evening and Saturday day block sessions), as this allows a broader range of working professionals to participate. It is possible, and indeed encouraged, to apply for this training on what is termed a ‘distance-learning’ basis, which permits individuals who reside outside the UK to participate alongside those who are within commuting distance of our campus. 

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Learn from renowned subject-area experts

The training features world-class CBT trainer Dr Christine A Padesky as specialist guest lecturer and advisor. She co-authored Mind Over Mood, voted by the BABCP as the most influential CBT book of all time. 

Network with likeminded others in the helping professions

Training is offered in an ‘executive-style’ format, which appeals to busy working practitioners in health and social care, nursing, social work, advocacy, education, psychology, psychotherapy, as well as other allied helping professions. 

Discover a set of breakthrough neuroscientific principles

In the context of emergent research on neuroplasticity, mindfulness and the neural correlates at play in mood-states such as depression, neuroscience offers fresh insights into your emotions, behaviour and personality.

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Max Eames

Course Leader, Strengths-Based Approaches in CBT

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) struggles with an undeserved and inaccurate public perception as a ‘paint-by-numbers' form of psychological support which fails to enact long-lasting change. Through this innovative focus on personal strengths, I’m keen to dispel the many myths about CBT and to share the fascinating truths of why CBT is so widely embraced by the NHS, yet so poorly understood by the public.

Entry requirements

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Degree
Minimum 2:2 Honours

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Applications from students who hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in psychology, counselling, psychotherapy or a broadly relevant subject will be considered, subject to interview. Students need to hold a minimum 2:2 degree in such a subject-area; or an equivalent Level 7 certification; to be considered on the basis of holding a degree. 

Applicants with Diploma Level 5 or other certifications; or career-changers who can demonstrate extensive professional experience in place of a degree; will also be considered. That will be the case for leaders, managers and professionals with skilled helping and/or health and social care experience who wish to develop an understanding of the requirements of ethical practice in research supervision. 

Applicants who demonstrate an ability to successfully engage with the requirements of the course will be accepted following the assessment of the application by the Course Leader (comprising the application itself, an online (i.e., webcam-based) individual interview, a personal statement and an online (i.e., webcam-based) group activity.  

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

Fees and funding

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses. *Exclusions apply.

Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:

Terms and conditions apply.

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:
There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer
Full information on making payments can be found here
 
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2974 or you can email creditcontrol@uel.ac.uk

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£4,220

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses. *Exclusions apply.

Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:

Terms and conditions apply.

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:
There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer
Full information on making payments can be found here
 
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2974 or you can email creditcontrol@uel.ac.uk

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,110

Per 30 Credit Module

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. You can find out more about the international scholarships here. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or study@uel.ac.uk







As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.













Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.








Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk






Tuition fees
International
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

What you'll learn

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate an understanding of both the art and science of strengths-based approaches in CBT, particularly as viewed through the lens of relevant neuroscientific underpinnings. These approaches will be framed as adjuncts to evidence-based practice; as such, an emphasis will be placed on the specific maps to what is known as ‘classic’ CBT.

You will develop and demonstrate skills which can be directly applied in clinical and other helping settings, offering what tends to be a more positive experience than helping endeavours which are solely problem-focused in their nature. It is anticipated that embracing this perspective will inform and enhance your existing competences, all by means of experiencing, first-hand, the distinctions involved in adopting a strengths-based approach.

The full Postgraduate Certificate training comprises two core modules, either of which can also be taken independently as stand-alone short courses which are titled similarly to the modules.

In the module ‘Strengths-Based Approaches: Principles, Qualities and Antecedents’ (or in the similarly-titled short course whose content is equivalent), a strong emphasis will be placed on equipping you to critically reflect on the theoretical and research underpinnings of strengths-based approaches in CBT. Having acquired an induction to these matters, you’ll be encouraged to critically reflect on your own approaches toward helping as you experience and practise a carefully curated array of skills and techniques associated with strengths-based approaches.

Whilst making various personal and professional discoveries, you’ll be introduced to some of the many ways of assessing and formulating a help-seeker's challenges from a strengths-based perspective. You’ll also gain confidence in making a set of critical judgements on the application of strengths-based approaches to a range of mental-health conditions. Doing so will induct you to a critical reflection on emerging developments in relation to theories of emotion, neuroscience and the use of experiential interventions to impact all levels of a given schema, i.e., body, emotion, cognition and behaviour.

In the module ‘Strengths-Based Interventions: Evidence, Practice and Mechanisms of Change’ (or in the similarly-titled short course whose content is equivalent), the emphasis is placed on applying in practice your critical reflections on your own approaches to helping, with the opportunity to experience and practise a carefully curated array of skills and techniques associated with strengths-based approaches.

These activities will enhance your ability to apply in practice your critical reflections on emerging development in relation to theories of emotion, neuroscience and the use of experiential interventions.  

What you'll study and when

  • Strengths-Based Approaches: Principles, Qualities and Antecedents - Core
  • Strengths-Based Interventions: Evidence, Practice and Mechanisms of Change - Core

How you'll be assessed

The full Postgraduate Certificate training comprises two core modules, either of which can also be taken independently as stand-alone short courses which are titled similarly to the modules.

In the module ‘Strengths-Based Approaches: Principles, Qualities and Antecedents’ (or in the similarly-titled short course whose content is equivalent), you will prepare a portfolio in which the emphasis is placed on the acquisition of strengths-based, cognitive and/or behavioural theory, comprising: (a) acquisition of theory, (b) analysis of skills, and (c) a case study. Considered as a whole piece of work, these three elements comprise 100% of your assessment for the module.

In the module ‘Strengths-Based Interventions: Evidence, Practice and Mechanisms of Change’ (or in the similarly-titled short course whose content is equivalent), you will prepare a portfolio in which the emphasis is placed on the demonstration of strengths-based, cognitive and/or behavioural skills and processes applied in practice, comprising: (a) application of theory in practice, (b) analysis of skills, and (c) a reflective journal. Considered as a whole piece of work, these three elements comprise 100% of your assessment for the module.


Course specification

How you'll learn

You’ll be taught by a range of staff, many of whom run their own practices or work in practice, which ensures that the practice-led research which is disseminated in the learning environment, or actually takes place within it, is relevant to your industry and practice. It also means that skills-practice labs are well-positioned to take advantage of myriad professional networks which are associated with the staff team.

Within each module there are theoretical elements and practise-based elements, with the intention that knowledge and skills are always introduced and developed in relation to professional practitioner settings and real-world applicability. Thus, both the notion of evidence-based practice and that of practice-based evidence are valued, with the sense that each informs the other and is inextricably linked to the requirements of your day-to-day personal, professional and/or vocational settings.

When not attending timetabled lectures, seminars, skills-practice sessions and other activities, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed learning and study.

These efforts will typically involve reading academic journal articles and texts, working on individual and group projects, undertaking various coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for the submission of your assessment portfolio.

Your independent learning is supported throughout by a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including an array of online resources, the campus library and Moodle - our curated VLE platform which guides and shapes the scope and direction of your self-directed learning activities.

Students will not be required to have supervision or personal-therapy arrangements in place over the duration of the course; neither to meet the number of practice hours expected nor to meet the course’s assessment criteria. Students who for their own reasons wish to have supervision and/or personal therapy over the duration of the course are responsible for securing any such support, doing so solely by their own arrangement and at their own cost.

Our academic support team provides help and assistance in a vast range of areas, including but not limited to support for those who live with seen and/or unseen disabilities.

When you embark on your studies, we will introduce you to your Academic Advisor. This a member of staff who will provide you with academic guidance, typically be a support throughout the entirety of your time at the university, and show you how to make best use of the full array of assistance, support and resources available to you as a student.

For each module (or similarly titled short course whose content is equivalent), you will typically devote in the region of 45 hours to timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars, skills-practice sessions and either individual or group tutorials. Contact hours may vary slightly.

You should also plan on devoting in the region of 255 hours to self-directed independent study. Activities which are likely to be involved are self-directed reading and revising, portfolio assessment preparation, online and/or on-campus skills-acquisition activities, peer study and groupwork, assimilation of formative feedback and reflection on summative feedback. Your individual requirements may vary slightly.

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. This training is being offered in an ‘executive-style’ format (i.e., approximately monthly on Friday evenings and Saturday days) in order to accommodate the needs of busy working professionals who would rather not take time off from their weekday commitments.

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course is intended to attract up to 60 students per year. Lecture sizes are normally conducted in a large-group format, whereas various small-group activities such as skills-practice sessions, seminars and tutorials are broken up into smaller group in order to heighten the opportunity for meaningful peer feedback and the development of professional networks amongst your peers.

Who will teach on this course

Max Eames

Cynthia Fu

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

You are likely to be involved in, or aspire to be involved in, a helping role within an educational, management, social care, nursing, advocacy, psychology, counselling, coaching, psychotherapy or other allied helping settings.

You might be, or aspire to be, a supervisor, manager, mentor, team leader or other role in which those you work with occasionally look to you for support, guidance, clarity or clear ways forward in either personal or professional settings.

This training is well-positioned to help you upskill in terms of strategies and techniques, all whilst giving you confidence in ensuring that you can facilitate helpful self-enquiry on the part of those you support and/or lead, whether your contact with those you support is one-off, intermittent, occasional or ongoing. The skills you will acquire can be directly applied in clinical and other helping settings, offering what tends to be a more positive experience than helping endeavours which are solely problem-focused in their nature.

Whatever your present and future roles and responsibilities, you will find yourself equipped to use an array of analytical and critical-thinking skills to identify, select and apply a set of reflective-practice competences which are consistent with a strengths-based approach to helping in various settings and contexts.

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