SCOTACS Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Interventions

Course Level: Level 9 application pending

The Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Interventions course was written in response to feedback from Students requesting a more structured, direct and focused introduction to Therapeutic work.

As a result the Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Interventions course aims to introduce those interested in entering a helping role, or those in existing helping Professions to relationship building skills, communication skills, models of human development, conceptual models of change and CBT based interventions. The course can provide the knowledge, skills and attitude based entry requirements for further study or is ideal as a stand alone qualification to help gain employment in a helping role or to enhance workers existing skills.

The course is based on experiential learning and is made up of 7 modules of varying lengths. It is delivered on a weekly basis from 6pm until 9pm on the weekday chosen for delivery. The course aims to introduce Students to the skills necessary to build and maintain safe and supportive helping relationships. The focus is then on how to gather information about a client or service users issues through assessment, case formulation and evaluation. This will involve deciphering the predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors. The course also aims to enhance Students understanding of themselves and others through the exploration of models of human development. Therapeutic skills in relation to these models will also be taught. A large focus on the value of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in facilitating lasting, enduring and elegant change in clients and their presenting issues can be expected as part of the course. This will initially involve inviting Students to view their lives and recurring problems through the lens that CBT provides. The CBT interventions will then be placed within conceptual models of change to help Students provide stage matched interventions to clients presenting issues.

The final module of the course will focus on the value of a code of ethics and the importance of ethical practice.

Skills Practise will be an essential component of each module alongside the theory provided. Students will take on the role of speaker, listener and observer to create an environment where new interventions can be practised and feedback provided.

Feedback will be provided via an observers scoring sheet. Tutors will rotate throughout the skills practise groups (triads or quads) to offer feedback.

There will be an essay submission at the end of module 1 and another essay submission at the end of module 3.

At the end of the course Students will submit a case study evidencing the application of their learning from the course to a client over 6 sessions

Course Start Date/s:
  • Tue, 3rd Apr 2012
Further Date/Time Information:

Module 1 – Engagement Skills – 8 weeks @ 3 hours per week = 24 hours.

Module 2 – Assessment/Case Formulation/Evaluation – 6 weeks @ 3 hours per week = 18 hours.

Module 3 – Therapeutic Modalities (Human Development) – 8 weeks @ 3 hours per week = 24 hours.

Module 4 – Cognitive Therapy – 5 weeks @ 3 hours per week = 12 hours.

Module 5 – Behavioural Therapy – 5 weeks @ 3 hours per week = 12 hours.

Module 6 – Relapse Prevention (Marlatt’s Model) - 10 weeks @ 3 hours per week = 30 hours.

Module 7 – Ethics – 4 weeks @ 3 hours per week = 12 hours.

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