24/02/2021

Categories: Psychology, Postgraduate

COVID’s Mental Health Crisis: An Important Time to Study Psychotherapy

What does the future of mental health and psychotherapy careers look like as we embark on the roadmap out of COVID?

The MSc Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) course at the University of Bolton in Greater Manchester is designed for therapists and graduates looking to improve their practice. In this problem-focused, action-oriented training programme, we prepare students for the Level 2 Provisional Accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBP), or for further study.

In a time when mental health is experiencing a pandemic of its own, this is the perfect juncture in life to study Psychotherapy and improve your skills.

We’ve been voted No.1 in the UK for Student Satisfaction in Psychology Courses* for the second year running, so there’s nowhere better to apply for a CBT master’s.

Find out how our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy master’s programme can prepare you for a post-COVID world…

COVID and mental health: the facts

The truth is, the pandemic is more than just a physical risk to public health. It’s also an attack on the mind for a lot of people already suffering with mental health disorders, or those who are predisposed to mental illness.

In addition to increasing fear and anxiety, lockdown restrictions have been become a major cause, catalyst and exacerbating factor of depression.

Did you know that pre-existing inequalities have also been worsened by the pandemic, according to mental health charity Mind?**

According to the charity’s latest report, the following groups are more likely to see a decline in their mental health:

• Women
• People living with disabilities
• Those living in social housing
• People with eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder or personality disorders
• Frontline workers

Tackling the long-term effects on mental health

What’s important to note is the potential long-term impact on mental health in the pandemic aftermath. The problems with anxiety and depression are much deeper and more prolonged than simply surviving lockdown.

Coming out of social restrictions and integrating into the ‘new normal’ can be just as detrimental to those dealing with mental disorders, according to experts.

Behaviour therapies will be key in tackling these issues and supporting people as they navigate a different world in the coming years, making this a great time to embark on a CBT master’s degree.

If you have a passion for helping others, this line of work can bring a great deal of job satisfaction. Through the power of talking therapy, mental health can be dealt with in a sustainable way, with long-term positive effects.

These types of therapies also work well alongside medication, or as an alternative option.

Cognitive behaviour therapies are effective

CBT is considered to be effective for reducing depressive symptoms in people who are resistant to anti-depressant drugs. There have also been studies to show that it can provide lasting benefits for patients, helping to keep depression at bay years down the line.

This makes this field of psychology more important than ever. If you’re looking to improve your practice, increasing job prospects and helping others tackle mental health concerns, our course could be for you.

Want to study Psychotherapy at a leading Manchester university with a student-centric approach? Look no further than the University of Bolton. We pride ourselves on delivering #UniAsItShouldBe, putting our students, and their needs first.

To find out more about applying in 2021, see our MSc Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapies course page for details.

* Complete University Guide in 2021 and 2020
** The Mental Health Emergency Report by Mind, June 2020

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