Should I apply for the IPC?
If you are interested in learning about the core principles and methods of CBT, and helping your clients 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, nurse or doctor, etc.)
Not necessarily. Do remember that 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 10 days of teaching!
Does doing the IPC as a stand-alone Module mean that a 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.
Does doing the IPC mean I can call myself a 'CBT practitioner' or ‘CBT therapist’?
No. IPC applicants should be aware 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 by the University as an introductory level course. To further develop towards the much greater knowledge and clinical experience requirements of a CBT therapist who is able to offer a reasonably wide range of CBT interventions 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.
When can I apply for the Introductory Practitioner Course in CBT?
We run the Introductory Practitioner Course as a short course once in the academic year – although it will also form [with appropriate assignments] a Module on the forthcoming MSC CBT Course.
Can I do the IPC and then apply for the Diploma later?
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.
Can I do the IPC even if I do not have a place on the Diploma?
Yes, but please note that this will not necessarily assure you of a place on the Diploma, although 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 a certificate to show from simply attending a course elsewhere.