Next Intake: March 2022
Train in Cognitive Behavioural Couples Therapy and add this evidence based intervention to your clinical skills! Applications are invited for our Post Qualification Certificate in Behavioural Couples therapy, which is a recent addition to our continuing professional development programme. This Course will be ideal for experienced CBT practitioners who are seeking to develop their skills in working with couples to reduce couple distress and improve outcomes where one partner has a psychological problem. Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT) is an evidence-based psychological treatment that has acquired a significant amount of empirical support for the benefits it provides, both in terms of reducing couple distress and in improving specific psychological disorders, such as depression. BCT is distinct from, but complements, individual CBT using a range of methods to enhance relationship well-being as well as reduce individual psychological distress. The Programme comprises a five-day intensive training followed by on-going monthly small group supervision for 12 months.
The programme is currently being delivered online over 5 Fridays . Applicants need to be able to attend all 5 days of this workshop in order to complete the programme. The 5 day workshop consists of lectures, demonstration of key interventions and experiential practice. Following the 5 day workshop trainees attend small group clinical supervision on a fortnightly basis. The supervision component consists of 20 sessions. Supervision sessions are held online.
The aim of the Programme is to equip candidates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide effective Behavioural Couples Therapy. The formal teaching sessions include didactic, experiential and small group work. The supervision then enables candidates to consolidate their competences and consider how to adapt practice to the needs of their service setting.
Competencies covered include:
The training comprises three core elements:
On successful completion of the Course, participants will be able to:
The formal training is provided by Professor Don Baucom, Dr Michael Worrell and Dr Melanie Fischer. Professor Don Baucom, from the University of North Carolina, is a leading world expert on Behavioural Couples Therapy, who has been actively involved in developing theoretical, research and clinical approaches to couple-based interventions from a CBT perspective since 1976.
Assessment is continuous throughout the programme and includes formal feedback on competence in both experiential practice and through formal evaluations of therapy recordings using a competence scale developed specifically to assess clinical competence in BCT. Trainees need to treat a minimum of 3 couples during the course of the 12 month programme. Trainees complete 3 case reports on their work with 3 different couples and also submit a clinical portfolio at the end of the programme.
Participants undertaking the Course will be experienced CBT therapists. Additional selection criteria are that:
It is not necessary for participants to have had prior experience of working with couples prior to enrolling on this course.
Fees for the December 2021 intake are TBC
To apply for this programme please complete the application form that can be downloaded here
Please post the completed form including copies of degrees or certificates to:
Admissions Tutor, Psychology Department, 7A Woodfield Road, London W9 2NW
Please contact Dr Michael Worrell at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information