Should I apply for the IPC?
If you are interested in learning about the core principles and methods of CBT, and helping your clients or patients or users, etc. a bit more with whatever aspect of life or their own psychology they are struggling with, then, ‘yes’.
Will doing the IPC make me a more effective clinician (or counsellor or nurse or doctor, etc)
Not necessarily. That is, do remember that, like the CBT experience for clients or patients, for a clinician to use the methods effectively involves openness to reviewing and quite probably changing aspects of their own prior clinical practice. It also entails making the effort to do some background reading, and trying out some new ideas - in a structured and methodical manner - with some carefully selected clients. A good outcome for your clients or patients will not happen by simply attending 8 days of teaching!
Does doing the IPC as an accredited stand-alone Module mean that the student would be automatically offered a place on the full Diploma in CBT?
No. The entry requirements for the full Diploma are significantly more demanding than for the IPC alone. Please also note that if you are applying for the Diploma in CBT and making a separate application to do the IPC, then each application shall be considered separately. That is, being accepted on the IPC does not mean that you will be offered a place on the Diploma. However, if you are successful in your Diploma in CBT application, then clearly, if you have done the IPC by that stage, you will gain exemption from doing that course, which, in itself forms part of the overall Diploma structure.
Does doing the accredited version of the IPC mean I can call myself a 'CBT practitioner'?
No. IPC applicants who wish to do the accredited version of that course should realise that gaining the 20 credits from the course is an acknowledgement of them showing their competence in some quite limited aspects of the basic knowledge of core CBT theory and methods - i.e. it is very clearly advertised and accredited by the University as an introductory level course. To further develop towards the much greater knowledge and clinical experience requirements of a CBT practitioner who is able to offer a reasonably wide range of CB therapeutic options in a flexible and competent manner, will require significant further training and supervised clinical experience. The actual paper certificate that a student is issued with after gaining the 20 credits of the IPC makes the limited level of the IPC very clear. Back to top
When can I apply for the Introductory Practitioner Course in CBT?
We run the Introductory Practitioner Course as a short course 3 times in the year – although it also forms [with appropriate assignments] a Module on the Diploma Course.
Can I do the IPC and then apply for the Diploma later?
Yes, this is why we have designed the IPC so it also forms part of the Diploma syllabus. Thus, if you are unsure about whether you’d like to do the full Diploma - or whether you could afford the time, or find the course fees, etc - you can do the IPC which not only should help your current clinical practice, but also gives you the opportunity to consider whether working more formally towards becoming a CB Therapist fits with your interests and career ambitions. At the moment, anyone who has done the IPC in the previous 3 years can apply for the Diploma - which, if they obtain a place, means they simply have to attend one of our 2 day ‘Developing your CBT practice’ courses AND do the assignments relevant to the IPC in order to convert the 8 day short course into postgraduate credits.
Can I do the IPC as an accredited Module even if I do not have a place on the Diploma?
Yes, but please note this will not necessarily assure you of a place on the Diploma - though it would give you a great start if you were to apply for the Diploma and be offered a place. Also, some students wish to take the IPC as a Module, and gain the 20 credits, even though it does not by itself lead to a full award, as they wish to get involved in some level of academic study, and have more than an attendance certificate to show from attending the Course. Thus, such students will have to attend one of our 2 day ‘Developing your CBT practice’ courses AND do the assignments relevant to the IPC to gain the IPC credits.