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Psychological Therapies for Complex Cases

Duration: 4 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies


This module is designed for health or social care-professionals working with people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties that have so-called “complex” care needs. 

This module can help further develop your therapy skills with a focus on working with people with a diagnosis of psychosis and personality disorder. It draws upon a range of psychological therapies, including recent innovations in strengths-based cognitive behavioural therapy and ‘third wave’ or ‘contextual’ psychotherapeutic practice, acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy, mindfulness and principles of positive psychology.

Why Bradford?

The key to what differentiates the University of Bradford offer for specialist skills and post-registration development (SSPRD) in Mental Health practice is flexibility and quality. Bradford also seeks to be responsive and innovative in the development and delivery of its SSPRD courses to meet the continually changing demands of clinical practitioners. We now offer, for example, a new module in Aspects of Mental Health Care and Psychological Wellbeing for Health Professionals. This is specifically for health care professionals not from a mental health background to enhance their understanding of working with people’s mental health difficulties to develop and bring those skills to your clinical area.

The very latest research, policy, guidelines and best-practice are synthesized in the delivery of these courses by highly experienced clinical-academics.

For those practitioners with a firm mental health foundation we offer a postgraduate certificate in cognitive behavioural therapies in our Professional Healthcare Practice programme, co-delivered by clinicians who are the lead in their clinical area and well versed in the complexities of integrating psychological approaches into nursing practice.

Our learning materials are further informed by the Scottish Recovery Network and NHS Education for Scotland that have been at the forefront of developing this kind of clinical practice.

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Entry requirements

This module requires familiarity and experience in the fundamentals of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy.

Previous clinical experience of working in this way is essential and post-graduate training in CBT is required (e.g. our Professional Healthcare Practice (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programme, or equivalent).


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Topics covered include:

  • Collaborative Case Formulation
  • Schema Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Values Based Approaches
  • Strengths Focused Approaches
  • Integrating Positive Psychology
  • Working with Change Difficulties
  • Self-Practice

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a module at the Faculty of Health Studies please download our module application form below:

Return completed forms to the FoHS recruitment team via email.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.