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  Certificate in Cognitive Therapy Methods

Certificate in Cognitive Therapy Methods (CCTM)
1st course 26th February 2007
[closing date for applications 1st Feb 2007]
2nd course September 2007
3rd course February 2008
The CAWT Cognitive Therapy Project Board is pleased to announce that it has received funding from the European Union Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace II) to deliver an eighteen day Certificate in Cognitive Therapy Methods beginning in February 2007. This course will build on the success of the Foundation in Cognitive Therapy offered to 240 mental health practitioners from across the CAWT area in 2004/5. The new course has been developed in part as a result of a positive external evaluation of the Foundation course and has been specifically designed by the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation [NICTT] as an important further step in training progression and development in this field. The course will be delivered by specialist NICTT staff.
The Certificate in Cognitive Therapy Methods is currently going through an accreditation process with Edexcel in the UK and is expected to be offered at BTEC Professional Certificate level four which is equivalent to half of a university undergraduate year. Edexcel is liasing with NQAI for alignment with the national framework of qualifications in the Republic of Ireland. The course is not recognised within the PQ framework for social workers.
Who is the course for?
The Certificate in Cognitive Therapy Methods is aimed at enhancing the practice of professionals currently working in mental health and related services, and assisting in effectively identifying and addressing or signposting people with mental health problems, including trauma related disorders. Those who complete the training will be able to integrate and apply a range of cognitive therapy methods within their existing practice. Furthermore, by integrating the learning from the course with their core professional training and experience, participants will be much better equipped to undertake triage i.e. the process of deciding:
1] Which patients require no further interventions or
2] Those whom the trainee can work with on identified problems and
3] Identifying those patients who need to be referred to other services locally [which may include the onward referral of people suffering post traumatic stress disorder to appropriate specialist services]. 
Managers should note that the course will NOT qualify successful participants as cognitive therapists.
Who is eligible for the CAWT courses?
The course will suit a broad range of health and social care professionals and priority will be given to front line
mental health staff such as psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists. Preference will be given to participants from the voluntary sector whose organisation is contracted with a statutory body or receives referrals from statutory agencies.
Managers must ensure that participants on the course can demonstrate that their caseload includes a significant proportion of patients/clients who belong to the Peace II target groups [i.e. people who have been affected by the troubles] living in the CAWT region. Places on the course will be allocated as per the North South ratio outlined below.
How will the course be structured?
Three courses will be offered to twenty participants [sixty in total] from February 2007 to June 2008. The courses will be multi disciplinary in nature and will include some participants from relevant voluntary sector organisations. It is expected that places overall will be offered on a basis of thirty six students from Northern Ireland and twenty four from the Republic of Ireland. Five places will be reserved on each course for representatives from the voluntary sector at three per course from NI and two per course from ROI
Each course will require eighteen days training: three consecutive days at the start of the training with 15 days thereafter at one day per week over a 4 – 5 month period.  It is expected that over the eighteen month period one course will be delivered in each of the following towns: Sligo, Omagh [or Enniskillen] and Monaghan. It is likely that the first course will be held in Omagh [or Enniskillen]. The training will be delivered from 9:30am – 4:30pm each day.
How much will the course cost?
The course costs will be met through the available funding. Replacement costs for participants are available through the course funders at 25% of daily salary costs. The course administrator will be able to assist you with more details on how to claim this support. The students’ employer will however cover the participants’ travel costs to and from the training venues. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided.
What level of support/supervision is required from the employer?
Employers will ensure that staff are released and are present on the course. To maximize the benefit to students, employers, and patients / clients it will be important that the practitioners most immediate line manager or senior clinician supports the student whilst they are participating on the course, and to take an interest in their learning in order to consider how the new learning and competence acquired could be applied in practice. On completion of the course line managers should maintain an interest in the students practice and where appropriate direct the student to case loads whereby their newly acquired competence and skills can be used to best effect.
How is the course assessed?
The course is in the final stages of development but it is anticipated that it will have eight units across the eighteen days and that there will be three written assignments.
How can I send my staff on the course?
You may in the first instance wish to get in touch with one of the Clinical Services Managers / Directors of Nursing in your area who sit on the CAWT Cognitive Therapy Project Board. They will be able to give you more information about the course and their details are given below. There will be an entry requirement for candidates to the course involving an application process - further details on this will be made available in due course. Advance information sessions will be organised in each of the four board areas in January 07. Again the members of the CAWT Cognitive Therapy Project Board will advise you of the dates and send out further information regarding these meetings closer to the time.
We anticipate that there will be a lot of interest in this course, so if you wish to send an expression of interest at this stage please contact Barney Devine in the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation on 02882251500, or by sending an email to barneydevine@nictt.org.
About CAWT
Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) is a cross border health and social care partnership comprising the border counties of the Health Service Executive in the Republic of Ireland and the Southern and Western Health and Social Services Boards in Northern Ireland. CAWT manages a range of cross border health and social care programmes designed to improve the health and well being of the resident population of the border region of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. For further information please visit the CAWT website www.cawt.com
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CAWT Cognitive Therapy Project Board
Contact Details

Margaret Fleming,
Clinical Coordinator
Monaghan CMHT
St Davnet’s Hospital Monaghan         
[00353] 868 543 434
[00353] 47 81 822
Stephen Bergin,
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Tower Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DR
028 3741 4640
Pat Benson
Director Of Nursing 
NWHB, Sligo Mental Health Service, Ballytivnan, Sligo
00353 7191 42111
00353 8722 22 835
Sean Coll
Community Victims Support Officer
15 Elliot Place
028 66344240
Seamus McGarvey
Clinical Services Manager
T & FHospital
1 Donaghanie Road
Omagh, BT79 0NS
028 8283 5803
Diarmuid O Donnell
Executive Officer
CAWT Development Centre
Gransha Park
Clooney Road

DerryBT47 6TF
02871 865191