UCT's Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health has launched a new Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy - its aim to provide mental health and other health practitioners with the therapeutic competencies needed to work effectively with clients presenting with mental health problems.
The diploma includes courses on ethical practice in psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, basic therapeutic competencies and evidence-based practice in psychotherapy.
"There is an important need for such a qualification," says course convenor Dr Adele Marais, "especially as mental disorders rank third-highest among the burden of disease in South Africa".
The diploma starts in July 2012, and will be offered part-time over 18 months. The deadline for applications is 7 May.
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