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PSYC6091 CBT for Psychosis

Module Overview

The module recognises the value of first person accounts and the principles of recovery in working with people with psychosis. As such the module includes input from service users to consider lived experiences of illness and recovery.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop your competence in current cognitive behavioural therapies, in order that you have the knowledge and skills to support people to live well with psychosis. The NICE guidelines recommend that cognitive behaviour therapy should be offered to all people with distressing psychosis. This requires the development of a workforce that is both knowledgeable and skilled in delivering evidence-based interventions with this group. The module has two specific aims: 1: To introduce you to the evidence base and to teach you to interrogate this evidence to evaluate the implicit values and merits of different treatments, as well as an appreciation of the limitations of the literature. 2: To give you the knowledge to assess, formulate, and implement evidence-based CBT for psychosis.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be able to critically evaluate the empirical status of models and theories of psychosis, and the treatments derived from them
  • Be able to construct comprehensive formulations for people with psychosis, and to derive evidence-based treatment plans from these
  • Know how to implement evidence based CBT with people experiencing distressing psychosis.
  • Have practised assessing, formulating and treating distressing psychosis via role play


The module will be comprised of the following components: • Phenomenology of psychosis • Theory and development of cognitive models for distressing psychosis • First person accounts and principles of recovery • Collaborative engagement and assessment • Situation specific and developmental formulation and treatment planning • Current clinical treatment models and approaches to intervention.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will comprise a number of different methods including lectures, seminars, experiential workshops, problem-based learning, e-learning, directed reading, and independent study. Skills-based competencies will be taught through demonstrations, simulated role plays, small group work, and multi-media resources. This module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative methods. Formative assessment: • Peer reviewed role play in assessing, formulating and treating distressing psychosis • Peer reviewed oral case report to detail assessment, formulation, treatment planning and critical reflection on case material Summative assessments: •?An essay of 4 000 words to evidence critical evaluation of the empirical status of models of psychosis and the treatments derived from them.

Independent Study150
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Larkin, W. & Morrison, A. (2006). Trauma and psychosis: New directions for theory and therapy. 

Girden, E.R. (1996). Evaluating research articles from start to finish. 

Chadwick, P., Birchwood, M., & Trower, P. (1996). Cognitive therapy of delusions, voices, and paranoia. 

Chadwick, P. (2006). Person-based cognitive therapy for distressing psychosis. 

Gumley, A. & Schwannauer, M. (2006). Staying well after psychosis: A cognitive interpersonal approach to recovery and relapse prevention. 

Freeman, D. & Garety, P. (2004). Paranoia: The psychology of persecutory delusions. 

Wells, A. (1997). Cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders.. 

Lam D.H., Jones, S., Hayward, P. & Bright, J. (1999). Cognitive therapy for bipolar disorder. 

Kingdon, D.G., & Turkington, D. (2002). Psychosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy: case studies and clinical experience. 



Oral case presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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