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COBE404 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training in assessment and interventions with complex cases in mental health and addictions.

Expected to be offered again in 2018.

This 60-point postgraduate paper in Advanced Topics in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is run by the Department of Psychological Medicine at our Wellington Campus. The paper is designed for health professionals who wish to extend their existing cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) assessment, conceptualisation and treatment skills. It builds on the CBT certificate-level training to ensure mental health and addiction practitioners are upskilled in a range of therapies.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Paper code COBE404
Subject Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,778.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $18,250.00

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Prerequisite
COBE 401
Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Notes
We anticipate to offer the COBE404 postgraduate paper in 2018. However this paper is subject to final approval from Ministry of Health (MOH) Te Pou Mental Health Clinical Training Agency.

(i) Students who have not completed the normal prerequisite may enrol in the paper with the approval of the Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington, according to ability and qualifications. This approval will be granted only to applicants who already have training in cognitive behaviour therapy that is equal to or exceeds the content, level and value of COBE401. (ii) The paper includes three residential block courses in Wellington, each one week in duration. (iii) Students must be working at least 0.6 FTE in a mental health setting in order to have access to patients to complete practical work.
Eligibility
Applications are invited from registered health professionals with a minimum of two years' clinical experience who have completed the CBT certificate COBE 401 paper (B grade minimum). Applicants must be employed by District Health Board mental health services or from a Ministry of Health funded non-governmental organisation (NGO) or primary health organisation (PHO) throughout New Zealand. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or hold a permanent residency permit and must be working at least 0.6 full-time equivalent (FTE) in a mental health setting. Applicants must have access to ongoing work with clients.

Applicants are invited to commence phase one of the online enrolment process. As there is a clinical component to this paper, registered applicants will be sent an Application for Acceptance Form to complete. If the application is successful, you will be invited to formally enrol with the University.
Contact
maria.fitzmaurice@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Convenor and Senior Clinical Psychologist: Fiona Mathieson
Course Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist: Linda Atkinson

The paper is taught by Senior Clinical Psychologists who have considerable experience in CBT. They attend national and international workshops and conferences which ensure they keep abreast of the latest developments in CBT.
Paper Structure
The paper is half time for one academic year and involves three block weeks of teaching, plus optional monthly audioconferences and supervised practice in the workplace. Students are required to complete three written case histories with CBT conceptualisations and treatment plans, along with recordings of them working with the client on whom the case history is based. This is assessed using the Cognitive Therapy Scale (Revised). Students meet regularly with their supervisors, who are clinical psychologists based in their workplace.

The paper is an introduction to CBT, intended to teach the basic theory and strategies to a basic level of competence (ie able to work under supervision by a clinical psychologist with easier to treat anxiety disorders and depression with some knowledge of working with people with psychosis and alcohol and drug problems).

CBT course objectives
  • To develop a coherent psychological framework to underpin the application of CBT
  • To provide a historical context for CBT, including models of learning and cognitive psychology
  • To explain and practise the range of methods of assessment used in CBT
  • To explain and practise the range of intervention strategies used in CBT
  • To explain, differentiate and practise formulation and CBT conceptualisation
  • To develop and practise the core therapeutic skills of CBT through feedback from role plays and videos
  • To teach the CBT models, assessment and interventions for depression, generalised anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder and agoraphobia, substance abuse, and psychosis
  • To model the CBT collaborative, structured process in the course of the teaching
  • To be responsive to student feedback on teaching
  • To facilitate supportive group environment to maximise participation and learning
  • To provide appropriate teaching regarding bicultural considerations in assessing, conceptualising and treating clients
  • To provide examples of CBT in action through videos and lecturer role plays
  • To give specific, detailed and constructive feedback on assignments
  • To use a variety of teaching methods
  • To provide relevant supplementary reading materials
  • To ensure that all students have regular, effective supervision by a clinical psychologist
  • To maintain regular supportive contact with supervisors
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is based at the University of Otago, Wellington campus and is taught over three 1-week blocks.

Block One - March
Block Two - June
Block Three - August

The final exam will be held at the end of October.
Block weeks will include lectures, demonstrations and case studies.

Attendance at the three block weeks and final examination day is compulsory for all participants. Students need to ensure all travel arrangements enable them to arrive by 9.30 am on the Monday and depart after 5.00 pm on the Friday of block weeks.
Textbooks
To be advised
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this paper students will be able to
  1. Explain theoretical models pertaining to the application of CBT to complex presenting problems
  2. Explain and practise the range of assessment methods used in the application of CBT to complex presenting problems
  3. Explain and practise the range of advanced intervention strategies used in the application of CBT to complex presenting problems in an ethical manner
  4. Explain, differentiate and practise case formulation and the conceptualisation of complex presentations
  5. Provide a leadership role in mental health teams in terms of a demonstrated level of competence in CBT
  6. Recognise and understand the "Seven Real Skills" outlined in the Ministry of Health's "Lets Get Real: Real Skills for People Working in Mental Health and Addictions" (2007)
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural considerations in assessing,conceptualising and treating complex clients
  8. Show overview-level understanding of the range of therapies (in addition to CBT) commonly used in New Zealand (as specified in the Te Pou publication"We Need to Act")

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training in assessment and interventions with complex cases in mental health and addictions.

This 60-point postgraduate paper in Advanced Topics in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is run by the Department of Psychological Medicine at our Wellington Campus. The paper is designed for health professionals who wish to extend their existing cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) assessment, conceptualisation and treatment skills. It builds on the CBT certificate-level training to ensure mental health and addiction practitioners are upskilled in a range of therapies.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Paper code COBE404
Subject Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
COBE 401
Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Notes
We anticipate to offer the COBE404 postgraduate paper in 2018. However this paper is subject to final approval from Ministry of Health (MOH) Te Pou Mental Health Clinical Training Agency.

(i) Students who have not completed the normal prerequisite may enrol in the paper with the approval of the Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington, according to ability and qualifications. This approval will be granted only to applicants who already have training in cognitive behaviour therapy that is equal to or exceeds the content, level and value of COBE401. (ii) The paper includes three residential block courses in Wellington, each one week in duration. (iii) Students must be working at least 0.6 FTE in a mental health setting in order to have access to patients to complete practical work.
Eligibility
Applications will be considered by mental health or addictions clinicians working in psychiatry, nursing, or allied health, who have at least 3 years' experience in mental health and/or addictions fields and who have completed the Postgraduate CBT Cert course COBE 401 paper (B grade minimum). Registered Psychologists holding the clinical scope of practice with base-level training in CBT as part of their Post graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent) will also be considered for the course following registration in the clinical scope if working in mental health or addictions fields. Applicants need to be employed by a District Health Board mental health service or a Ministry of Health funded non-government organisation (NGO) or primary health organisation (PHO) throughout New Zealand. Applicants must be New Zealand citizensor hold a permanent residency permit and must be working at least 0.6 full-time equivalent (FTE) in a mental health setting. Applicants must have access to ongoing work with clients.

Applicants are invited to commence phase one of the online enrolment process. As there is a clinical component to this paper, registered applicants will be sent an Application for Acceptance Form to complete. If the application is successful, you will be invited to formally enrol with the University.
Contact
Maria Fitzmaurice
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
Psychological Medicine Department
maria.fitzmaurice@otago.ac.nz
Tel 04 918 6511
Teaching staff
The paper is taught by Senior Clinical Psychologists who have considerable experience in CBT. They attend national and international workshops and conferences, which ensure they keep abreast of the latest developments in CBT.

Course Convenor and Senior Clinical Psychologist: Fiona Mathieson
Professional Practice Fellow, Lecturer and Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Dr Susan Watson
Paper Structure
The paper is half time for one academic year and involves three block weeks of teaching, plus monthly audioconferences and supervised practice in the workplace. Students are required to complete three written case histories with CBT conceptualisations and treatment plans, along with recordings of them working with a client on whom the case history is based. This is assessed using the Cognitive Therapy Scale (Revised). Students meet regularly with their supervisors, who are clinical psychologists based in their workplace.

The paper is an introduction to CBT, intended to teach the basic theory and strategies to a basic level of competence (ie able to work under supervision by a clinical psychologist with easier-to-treat anxiety disorders and depression with some knowledge of working with people with psychosis and alcohol and drug problems).

CBT course objectives
  • To develop a coherent psychological framework to underpin the application of CBT
  • To provide a historical context for CBT, including models of learning and cognitive psychology
  • To explain and practise the range of methods of assessment used in CBT
  • To explain and practise the range of intervention strategies used in CBT
  • To explain, differentiate and practise formulation and CBT conceptualisation
  • To develop and practise the core therapeutic skills of CBT through feedback from role plays and videos
  • To teach the CBT models, assessment and interventions for depression, generalised anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder and agoraphobia, substance abuse, and psychosis
  • To model the CBT collaborative, structured process in the course of the teaching
  • To be responsive to student feedback on teaching
  • To facilitate supportive group environment to maximise participation and learning
  • To provide appropriate teaching regarding bicultural considerations in assessing, conceptualising and treating clients
  • To provide examples of CBT in action through videos and lecturer role plays
  • To give specific, detailed and constructive feedback on assignments
  • To use a variety of teaching methods
  • To provide relevant supplementary reading materials
  • To ensure that all students have regular, effective supervision by a clinical psychologist
  • To maintain regular supportive contact with supervisors
Textbooks
To be advised
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is based at the University of Otago, Wellington campus and is taught over three 5-Day blocks.

Block One - March
Block Two - June
Block Three - August

The final exam will be held at the end of October.
Block weeks will include lectures, demonstrations and case studies.

Attendance at the three block weeks and final examination day is compulsory for all participants. Students need to ensure all travel arrangements enable them to arrive by 9.30 am on the Monday and depart after 5.00 pm on the Friday of block weeks.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this paper students will be able to
  1. Explain theoretical models pertaining to the application of CBT to complex presenting problems
  2. Explain and practise the range of assessment methods used in the application of CBT to complex presenting problems
  3. Explain and practise the range of advanced intervention strategies used in the application of CBT to complex presenting problems in an ethical manner
  4. Explain, differentiate and practise case formulation and the conceptualisation of complex presentations
  5. Provide a leadership role in mental health teams in terms of a demonstrated level of competence in CBT
  6. Recognise and understand the Seven Real Skills outlined in the Ministry of Health's Lets Get Real: Real Skills for People Working in Mental Health and Addictions (2007)
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural considerations in assessing,conceptualising and treating complex clients
  8. Show overview-level understanding of the range of therapies (in addition to CBT) commonly used in New Zealand (as specified in the Te Pou publicationWe Need to Act)

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None