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PSYC6089 CBT for Depression

Module Overview

Depression is a debilitating mental health problem estimated to affect around 10% of the UK population at any one time. A shortage of therapists trained to treat depression with evidence-based interventions means that a large proportion of those people suffer unnecessarily. This module’s aims are: 1. To help you know the evidence base in order to select and evaluate the merits of different treatments. 2. To give you the knowledge to implement evidence-based CBT for depression. 3. To help you make use of developmental depression conceptualisations. 4. To enable you to use the cognitive model to manage the therapeutic relationship and reflect on therapy processes that are common in the treatment of depression

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module's aims are to help you know the evidence base in order to select and evaluate the merits of different treatments; to give you the knowledge to implement evidence-based CBT for depression; to help you make use of developmental depression conceptualisations; to enable you to use the cognitive module to manage the therapeutic relationship and reflect on therapy processes that are common in the treatment of depression.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the empirical status of models of depression and the treatments derived from them
  • Construct longitudinal formulations for people who are depreswed and to derive evidence-based treatment plans from these
  • Implement evidence-based CBT with people suffering from depression
  • Demonstrate skills in assessing, formulating and treating depression via role plays
  • Critically appraise your own and other students' CBT skills in role plays

Syllabus

· Phenomenology of depression · Pharmacological treatments for depression · Theory and development of CBT and BA for depression · Assessment and formulation using CBT and BA · Comorbidity (including long term health conditions) · Cognitive and behavioural change methods · Managing chronic and recurrent depression · Managing risk · Relapse prevention and ending therapy · Regular “homework” that involves practising use of common depression tools and techniques, e.g. completion of a thought / mood diary, monitoring of thinking, evaluation of thinking; identification of rules for living.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures including: didactic information provision, role plays, audiovisual examples of using intervention techniques in depression, presentation of previous student's work on a BA case. There will also be problem-based learning, directed reading, and independent study. Skills workshops (for those taking IAPT diploma) including: role plays of using specific cognitive and behavioural intervention techniques in teatment of depression; group exercises to generate and test hypotheses of clinical problems encountered in treatment of depression.

TypeHours
Independent Study130
Teaching70
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Greenburger, D. & Padesky, C. (1995). Mind Over Mood. 

Martell, C.R., Dimidjian, S. and Herman-Dunn, R. (2010). Behavioral activation for Depression: a clinician’s guide.. 

Beck, J.S. & Beck, A.T. (2006). Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What to do when the Basics Don’t Work. 

Williams, J.M.G. (1992). the Psychological treatment of Depression: A guide to the theory and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 

Segal, Z.V., Williams, J.M. & Teasdale, J. (2002). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach for Preventing Relapse. 

Martell, C.R., Addis, M.E. & Jacobson, N.S. (2001). Depression in context; strategies for guided action. 

Westbrook, D., Kennerly, H. & Kirk, J. (2007). An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications. 

Persons, J., Davidson, J. & Tomkins, M. (2000). Essential Components of Cognitive Therapy for Depression.. 

Beck, A.T., Rush, A.J., Shaw, B.F. & Emery, G. (1979). Cognitive Therapy for Depression. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

This module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative methods. Formative assessment: Peer review of experiential learning and clinical application Observation of a CBT therapist treating a person with depression (BABCP accredited) and written reflection upon the session (using a proforma). Summative assessments: For students not undertaking clinical supervision and not treating clients: 3,000 word reflective report on assessment, formulation and treatment of a fictitious depressed person using CBT (case material provided). This will involve critical appraisal of literature as well as an analysis of, and reflection upon, skills and tools used as part of your own “homework” and of those utilised by the therapist you observed. This assessment will assess all learning outcomes. For students undertaking clinical supervision: An oral case presentation to detail assessment, formulation, treatment, outcome and critical reflection of a depressed person using Behavioural Activation. (For students taking a CBT Diploma, this represents the fourth case report needed for the portfolio (the other three are attached to supervision modules).

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Linked modules

Co-requisites

To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

CodeModule
PSYC6088CBT Theory and Skills II
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