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PSYC6088 CBT Theory and Skills II

Module Overview

This module builds on PSYC6104 Introduction to CBT theory and Skills. The aim of this module is to extend your knowledge and understanding of CBT assessment and formulation and to examine CBT change methods in more depth. As well as building on the generic therapeutic and basic CBT competencies introduced in module PSYC6104, this module focuses on treatment in more depth and will teach you when and how to apply specific cognitive and behavioural change techniques. It also looks at therapist factors in the use of CBT. You will learn how to reflect on the development of your own therapy skills and how to use this reflection to become a more competent therapist.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To extend your knowledge and understanding of CBT assessment and formulation and to examine CBT change methods in more depth.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise models and methods of assessment in CBT and know how to apply this knowledge to the assessment of patients
  • construct cross-sectional and longitudinal (where appropriate) formulations for people with common mental health problems, and derive evidence-based treatment plans from these
  • Evaluate and reflect upon when to use cross-sectional and when to use developmental formulations
  • demonstrate skills in assessing, formulating and treating common mental health problems via role plays
  • Critically reflect upon your ability to apply CBT change techniques (with reference to the literature) and identify further areas for development


• CBT assessment • Different methods of formulation • Treatment planning • CBT structure • CBT change techniques • Behavioural experiments • Principles of reflective practice

Special Features

A key feature of this module is the summative assignment. This allows you to embed your theoretical knowledge in a practical context, and to reflect on this experience. It provides a safe way for you to experiment with using CBT techniques that may be unfamiliar.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will comprise a number of different methods including lectures, seminars, problem-based learning, e-learning, directed reading, and independent study. Skills-based competencies will be taught through demonstrations, simulated role plays, multi-media resources. Students taking the PG Dip in CBT for Anxiety and Depression (IAPT) programme will have supplementary skills workshops on Fridays. These provide further opportunity for skills practice, group presentations, and work towards the experiential summative assignment.

Independent Study140
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Leahy, R. L. (2003). Cognitive Therapy Techniques: A Practitioner’s Guide.. 

Beck, J.S. (1995). Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond. 

Hawton, K. (1989). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychiatric Problems: A Practical Guide. 

Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., Fennell, M. & Hackmann, A. (2004). Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy. 

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

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

Leahy, R.L. (2006). Contemporary Cognitive Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice.. 

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


Assessment Strategy

This module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative methods. Formative assessment will include • Feedback on role play exercises • Devising and putting into practice a behavioural experiment There will be optional lunchtime tutorials for CBT Cert and Level I Diploma students to discuss progress with the reflective assignment. Summative assessment: This assignment gives you opportunity to practice CBT skills and demonstrates application of your theory and knowledge, whether or not you are seeing patients. Feedback will be a structured written marker report. For students taking programme 5348 – PG Dip in CBT for Anxiety and Depression (IAPT): You will write a Reflective Essay on a CBT Group Experiential Exercise carried out in small groups on Fridays. You will take on the role of therapist, patient and observer each week. The exercise spans several weeks and emulates the CBT psychotherapeutic journey. As the ‘patient’ you choose an irritating, but non-clinical personal issue to work on. The ‘therapist’ will assess and formulate this issue and you will work together to change it. It should not be an overly personal issue, and you can control how much information you wish to share, but it should provide a meaningful target for change. You will keep a reflective diary about being on the receiving end of your ‘therapy sessions’, as well as detailing the therapeutic activities you undertook. The diary is for your personal use and will not be submitted for assessment. The submitted assignment is a structured 3000 word account of this experience. For all other students (not taking the above IAPT programme): You will write a Reflective Essay on Applying CBT to Self. This will also involve choosing an irritating, but non-clinical personal issue to change. In your own study/personal time over several weeks you will assess and formulate this issue using the CBT theory and skills you are being taught. You will keep a reflective diary about your choice of issue, any challenges or difficulties that arise in applying CBT skills, what was useful and what was not useful. The diary is for your personal use and will not be submitted for assessment. The submitted assignment is a structured 3000 word account of this experience.


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective essay 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Tuition Fees

Module Fee (UK/EU) Standard

Module Fee (UK/EU) IAPT

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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