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Psychological Therapies and Mental Health

Psychological Therapies and Mental Health Practice CPD

We offer a rolling programme of modules over two to three years in order to maintain a varied portfolio and flexibility of delivery. Some are offered at degree and masters level, some at masters level only. All are offered as stand-alone modules.

Available Courses



Art Psychotherapy Practice

Develop your confidence and expertise in providing art therapy and psychotherapy to care groups - especially those from disadvantaged social areas who would normally not have access to this kind of therapy.


Counselling & Psychotherapy

If you are seeking to become a professional counsellor or psychotherapist, this course will help you work towards accreditation with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. It can also help you to develop a specialist role within your current occupation.


Interpersonal & Counselling Skills           

  This course is suitable for those wishing to acquire a basis in counselling skills and in the knowledge and theory of counselling ethics and theoretical approaches.


Mental Health Practice

The range of module options you can select from during this programme with include: Working with Depression & Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Psychosis, Counselling Skills in the Workplace, Foundations of PSI & Theory and Practice of Coaching - amongst others.


Certificate in Mental Health Studies

This course is ideal if you are involved in all aspects of the delivery of services and providing support for people with mental health difficulties. As a volunteer, support worker or any other allied roles, you will gain a more specialist knowledge of this area which will allow you to improve your delivery of high quality patient and client care.


Psychological Therapies

This programme will develop your understanding and practice of contemporary theories in Dramatherapy along with analysing key issues and debates in counselling and psychotherapy.



This programme offers the in-depth training and therapeutic approach a professional psychotherapist requires. It allows you to develop competence in working with people who have complex psychological difficulties.


Available Modules


Course/Module Attendance Details Level

Advanced Leadership & Management

The module introduces students to an advanced level of study in leadership and management from both theoretical and practice perspectives. A critical evaluation of theories, models and styles of leadership and management will facilitate increased confidence and competence through critical reflection in practice.

Start date: February
Duration: 14 Wednesdays
Time: 13:00 – 15:00


 Applied Counselling Skills in the Workplace

This module will build on your current counselling and interpersonal skills and competencies.
Date: 31 March 
Duration: 5 days 

Central Problems in Psychology

 Explore key concepts used in Critical and Transpersonal Psychology and Psychoanalysis.

 Start date: September 2016

Duration: 12 weeks every Monday for two hours


Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Psychosis

Introduces working with the experience of psychosis from a psychological and social perspective, developing critical thinking skills for working in this area, with particular reference to applying the skills of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to reduce distress and support recovery. You will develop competence in delivering the NICE guidance supported approaches, and an ability to critique current practice and guidance.

Start date: April
Duration: 5 Thursdays

Contemporary Context of Mental Health & Recovery

Start date: October
Duration: 5 Tuesdays

 Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approaches

 Explore the developments in psychoanalysis that have occurred since the pioneering work of Freud and the first generation of psychoanalysts.

Start date: February 2017

Duration: 12 weeks every Thursday for two hours 

Counselling Skills
Develop your practical listening skills through active listening, paraphrasing, reflection and developing empathy. 
Dates: To be confirmed
Time: 09:30 – 16:30 

Critical Methodologies

 An introduction to Interdisciplinary Psychology, a new approach to the discipline, which goes beyond the traditional conceptual, geographic and historical boundaries of Psychology.

Start date: February 2017

Duration: 12 weeks every Thursday for two hours 


Ethics in Health & Community Care

This module will analyse relevant ethical principles, theories and perspectives for application in health science, health and community care and the caring professions.

Start date: February
Duration: 14 Wednesdays
Time: 13:00 – 15:00

Degree  /Masters

Exploring Substance Use: Working with New Psychoactive Substances

Aims to provide participants with a general introduction to NPS and their associated harms/risks to the individual and the wider community.

Date: 7 September 2016

Time: 09:30-16:30

Foundations for Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis

This module will enable students to critically engage with contemporary research, theory and policy in the field. It will also offer opportunities for therapeutic skills development to be applied in practice with individuals and their families and carers. 
Start date: 23 April 2015
Duration: 5 days 

Foundations of Psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud’s ideas and practice will be at the centre of this module and his concepts and analytic techniques will be traced to the rich intellectual and scientific context in which they were born. 

Start date: September 2016

Duration: 12 weeks every Monday for two hours


Foundations of the Theory and Practice of Coaching

Introduces coaching as an approach to working with people. It will develop critical understanding of coaching theory and how coaching tools and techniques can be used in practice. Develop competence in coaching interventions through experiential learning in small groups in specially designed communication suites, with support to apply these skills in practice.

Start date: February
Duration: 5 Tuesdays
Time: TBC

Degree/ Masters

Mindfulness-Based Approaches

Provides a uniquely rich variety of theoretical and practical approaches to the study of mindfulness within contemporary Psychology, Psychotherapy, and a range of contemplative/spiritual traditions.

Start date: September 2016

Duration: 12 weeks every Monday for three hours 

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

Led by Dr Elliot Cohen, this one day workshop will introduce mindfulness meditation and a range of mindfulness-based approaches to a diverse audience.
Date: 10 May 2017
Duration: 1 day 
Time: 11:00-17:00

Open Learning Module

This module aims to allow students to develop autonomy in their professional and academic development in a specific area of practice identified by the student and/or their employer. Students are able to gain academic credit for work based learning through the development of a learning contract and academic supervision.

Start date: February/September
Duration: 2 days
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

A single or double module

Practical Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Provides a critical understanding of cognitive and cognitive behavioural approaches to working with people, and encourages you to apply a range of the theories and skills in practice.

Start date: January
Duration: 5 Fridays
Time: TBC

Degree /Masters

Spiritual & Pastoral Care

Start date: September
Duration: 6 days
Time: 9:30 - 16:00


Support for Learning in Practice

Start date: Various
Duration: Various
Time: 09:30 - 16:00

Single module at Diploma, Degree or Masters level

Theories of Therapy - Existential Humanistic

Start date: September
Duration: TBC
Time: 13:00 - 15:30


Theories of Therapy – Psychodynamic

For all professionals with an interest in the origins and development of Psychodynamic Theory and how this relates to clinical practice.

Start Date: September
Duration: TBC
Time: 16:00 – 18:00


 Transpersonal Psychology

This module provides an overview of Transpersonal Psychology; theory and practice.

 Start date: February 2017

Duration: 12 weeks every Thursday for two hours


Understanding & Evaluating Evidence

Advanced Practitioners are required to deliver evidenced based practice and therefore use this module to explore different sources of health information and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

Start Date: TBC
Duration: TBC
Time: TBC


Working with Complexity: Understanding and Responding to Substance Use and Mental Health (Dual Diagnosis)

Aimed at health, social, community and criminal justice practitioners who are encountering individuals with dual diagnosis issues across a diverse range of diverse services

Date: 8 September 2016

Duration: 09:30-16:30


Working with Depression & Anxiety in Practice

Suitable for those with current experience of working with individuals and/or families with experience of depression and anxiety in practice this module will introduce current research, theory and guidance for practice and will encourage the development of skills for application in practice.

Start Date: December
Duration: 5 Mondays
Time: TBC

Degree and Masters

Working with Substance Use: Identification, Assessment and Intervention 

Aims to provide participants with a general introduction to substance use and its associated harms/risks to the individual and the wider community.

Date: 9 June 2016 

Duration: 09:30-16:30



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