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Talking Therapies and Brief Inverventions

05 October 2023

Talking Therapies are therapeutic interventions practised across the expanding mental health and addiction services, as well as in primary care. UC postgraduate study in this area gives you specialist skills, applied experience, and enhanced knowledge. Learn more about studying talking therapies and interventions with us.


Talking Therapies are therapeutic interventions practised across the expanding mental health and addiction services, as well as in primary care. As the demand for these therapies increases, so does the need for training.

UC postgraduate study provides you with specialist skills, applied experience and enhanced knowledge in topics you care about. Our programmes and research activities respond to the dynamic nature of the health sector and its workforce. Our aim is to assist you to upskill and develop expertise, so you can improve your professional practice and make a positive change to our communities.

If you are working in the health sector in mental health and addiction or related areas, you may be eligible for a fees scholarship.

Talking therapies help people understand and work through personal problems, with the aim of making positive changes to their thinking, feelings, behaviour, relationship, physical and emotional well-being. They cover a broad range of interventions including counselling, family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing and other psychotherapies.

People may seek talking therapy at various stages in their lives. They may be facing new challenges, may have been diagnosed with a mental health issue, or simply need extra support during a difficult time. Talking therapies can help with anxiety, depression, anger, grief, mental health problems, relationship problems, personal development, sexual abuse, family violence, alcohol/drug/smoking/gambling issues, bullying, divorce, obsessive compulsive disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, self-harming, chronic illness, communication and behavioural issues that affect children, young people and whānau and self-management of health conditions. Talking therapies are based on trust and open communication, working together with clients to empower them to solve problems and adopt new perspectives and practices that will help them make positive changes in their lives.

UC offers a package of postgraduate courses that combine the latest research, practices and techniques applicable to talking therapies. The listed courses can be studied individually as professional development as part of a Certificate of Proficiency or as one of our Postgraduate Qualifications.

They are a mix of block and on-campus courses.

To enrol in a talking therapies course or study pathway you must meet the entry requirements for each course and or qualification, including enrolment in postgraduate certificate or diploma where necessary.

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