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PSYC6088 CBT Fundamentals

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to extend your knowledge and understanding of CBT assessment and formulation and to examine CBT change methods in depth. The module focuses on generic therapeutic and basic competencies, as well as specific behavioural and cognitive therapy techniques. You will consider therapist factors in CBT, and have the opportunity to learn to reflect on your practice to become a more competent therapist.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Have a systematic knowledge of CBT models for specific presentations - anxiety and depression (generic)
  • Know how to interrogate and critically appraise the evidence base – anxiety and depression (generic)


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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods include lectures and workshops, which incorporate demonstrations, role-play, experiential learning and small group work. In addition, private study and assigned reading forms an important source of knowledge and understanding. We use a range of teaching and learning methods, and recognise that students have different preferred learning styles.

Independent Study150
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

Kennerly, H., Kirk, J. & Westbrook, D. (2017). An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy:Skills and Applications. 

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

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


Assessment Strategy

Knowledge and skills will be assessed by a range of methods, including essays, presentations, experiential work, therapy recordings, case reports and supervisor reports. University assessors are responsible for marking all summative assessments. University assessors include academic members of the CBT team as well as CBT practitioners who have been approved by the University.


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective essay 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective essay 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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