Tinnitus Management Training for Audiologists - The Tinnitus Project

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Counselling Skills & Tinnitus Care Pathway (CSTCP) - A Course for Audiologists
Delivered on behalf of the North West School of Audiology

"One of the first things I did upon leaving the NHS in 2010 was set up a training course for Audiologists to train them to deliver basic tinnitus management. The course is called Counselling Skills & Tinnitus Care Pathway (CSTCP) for Audiologists. I ran it on behalf of the North West School of Audiology and continue to do so in the new online CSTCP.

In 2016, the course was delivered in Northern Ireland for Audiologists and Specialist Sensory Social Workers across the 5 Health & Social Care regions in Northern Ireland" ~ Debbie Featherstone

The CSTCP is being adapted to be available ONLINE (Goes live April 2020)

Unlike other training courses, the CSTCP is not two or three days of intensive lectures. It takes place over several months, you can work at your own pace, putting in to practice what has been learned in each of the modules in your clinics. Feedback is 1-1 through Clinical Supervision, a mix of meeting 1-1 using a virtual platform (you can use a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone), assignments, a reflective journal and email. In addition to the clinical aspects of tinnitus management including the use of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) tools, training is also provided in Reflective & Reflexive Practice, Critical Thinking & Clinical Reasoning Skills and (optional) Protocol Development.

A great advantage of having regular clinical supervision is that the learning becomes tailored to you and the needs of your service.

Course Content

Course content is similar to the original but with updated materials and more focus on using CBT than the original course programme allowed. The new course includes:

  • Being a Reflective & Reflexive Practitioner
  • Counselling Skills
  • Understanding mechanisms of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
  • Related Neurophysiology and Neurobiology and How It Changes
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Tinnitus & Hyperacusis
  • Working with Groups
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills:
  • Counselling skills                           
  • Reflective practice
  • Goal setting
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Working with groups
  • Minimum Band 5 audiology practitioner
  • At least 2 years post RCCP or HCPC registration
  • Personal commitment to maintain CPD records
  • Access to own caseload of tinnitus patients
  • Full support of line manager

There is limited capacity on this training due to the Clinical Supervision element, so the sooner you express your interest, the likelier you are to be accepted on to the course. There is a deposit of £200 to secure a place for the April 2020 cohort.

Cost of the course

The cost of the course is currently £960 (£200 deposit to secure a place) with the balance payable at the start of the course or alternatively, a down-payment of £200 securing a place, followed by 8 monthly payments of £120. There are interim assignments during the training, and an in-depth Case Study assignment to do at the end of the course. This final assignment needs to be in by 3 months after the course is completed. The course fee includes 8 one-to-one Clinical Supervision sessions and all assignment feedback.
To register your interest in the training:

1. Please explain what experience you already have working with tinnitus patients/clients. Having no experience to date will not prevent you from being accepted on this training.

2. Describe how you hope the training will help you

3. What other training have you had so far in tinnitus management?

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