Psychological Intervention: IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) MSc - 2019/0

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Psychological Intervention: IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy)

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Psychological Intervention: IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy)
PGCert Psychological Intervention: IPC (Interpersonal Counselling)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits

JACs code

C844, C848

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Counselling and psychotherapy (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points

Competence Framework for Interpersonal Psychotherapy Accreditation will be sought from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Recognition will be sought from IPT-UK, the body that registers IPT therapists and from the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ISIPT)

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - Psychology

Programme Leader

DEACON Louise (Psychology)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/09/2019

Educational aims of the programme

  • The primary aim of this programme is to equip the students with the skills and competencies required to develop their careers as IPT practitioners within the independent and public health sectors and develop their skills in research on the theory or practice of IPT.
  • The programme provides flexible, part-time training for individuals with no previous therapy qualification to become a fully qualified IPT therapist. At present no other IPT course in the UK offers this opportunity as training in IPT has traditionally been restricted to those already qualified in another psychological therapy.
  • The first year of the Programme (which also confers the subsidiary award of Certificate) is to equip students with core counselling skills and IPC intervention skills to enhance their effectiveness with clients in distress, develop in a brief IPT based intervention (IPC) and increase their understanding of mental health issues without undertaking a full therapy qualification. This PGCert will provide a foundation to enable students to progress onto the PGDip. The Diploma will enable students to become a qualified practitioner in IPT, which is a NICE-recommended psychological therapy and then they can progress to the final research-based MSc year.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Construct and critically evaluate IPC conceptualisations for depression and other disorders K PGDip
Acquire knowledge of client presentations, psychiatric classification and drug treatments K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Develop IPC-specific treatment plans K PGCert
Deal with complex issues arising in IPC practice K PGCert
Take personal responsibility for clinical decision making in straightforward and more complex situations K PGCert
Demonstrate skilled self-direction and originality in tackling and solving therapeutic problems K PGCert, PGDip
Practice as ‘scientist practitioners’, advancing knowledge of the principles of IPC and the evidence base for the application of IPC/IPT techniques K PGCert
Demonstrate a critical understanding of IPC for depression and other relevant disorders K PGCert
Demonstrate a critical understanding of IPC with different client groups K PGCert
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and research evidence for the Interpersonal Psychotherapy model and an ability to evaluate the evidence K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Demonstrate a skilled ability to adapt IPC sensitively, and to ensure equitable access for people from diverse cultures and with different values K PGCert
Construct and critically evaluate IPT conceptualisations for depression and other disorders K PGDip
Develop IPT-specific treatment plans K PGDip
Deal with complex issues arising in IPT practice K PGDip
Practice as ‘scientist practitioners’, advancing knowledge of the principles of IPT and the evidence base for the application of IPT techniques K PGDip
Demonstrate a critical understanding of IPT for depression and other relevant disorders K PGDip
Demonstrate a critical understanding of IPT with different client groups K PGDip
Demonstrate a skilled ability to adapt IPT sensitively, and to ensure equitable access for people from diverse cultures and with different values K PGDip
Acquire knowledge about qualitative and qualitative research methods K PGDip, MSc
Demonstrate skills needed for academic study at postgraduate level C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Understand and evaluate clinical application of research evidence within a diagnostic and research context C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Draw upon a number of sources to develop an understanding of complex mental health problems and create comprehensive treatment plans C PGDip
Understand, analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data C PGDip, MSc
Engage with clients and to form and maintain therapeutic alliances P PGCert, PGDip
Provide clear and comprehensive assessment of clients with mental health difficulties and identify suitability for IPC interventions P PGCert
Develop generic counselling/ therapeutic skills P PGCert
Appraise and assess risk to the client and to others P PGCert, PGDip
Make good use of supervision P PGCert, PGDip
Deliver comprehensive conceptualisations of the clients’ mental health difficulties within the IPC framework P PGCert
Develop and deliver specific treatment plans P PGCert, PGDip
Deliver IPC for depression systematically and with good clinical outcome P PGCert
Undertake decisions in complex and unpredictable situations P PGCert, PGDip
Deal with complex issues arising in IPC practice P PGCert
End therapy in planned manner and deliver long term maintenance plans P PGCert, PGDip
Provide clear and comprehensive assessment of clients with mental health difficulties and identify suitability for IPT interventions P PGDip
Deliver comprehensive conceptualisations of the clients’ mental health difficulties within the IPT framework P PGDip
Deliver IPT for depression systematically and with good clinical outcome P PGDip
Deal with complex issues arising in IPT practice P PGDip
Apply small scale research methods to clinical practice P PGDip
Design a quantitative/qualitative research project and conduct interviewing/data gathering P MSc
Communicate effectively with a wide range of service users, colleagues and other professionals T PGCert, PGDip
Apply a wide range of problem solving skills T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Understand, and work effectively within a professional context T PGCert, PGDip
Practice ethically in accordance with the appropriate professional code T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Deal with change effectively in a clinical context T PGCert, PGDip
Make good and effective use of available resources to manage personal stress T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Develop appropriate skills to evaluate and reflect upon academic, professional development and clinical performance T PGCert, PGDip, MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.