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PSYC6097 CBT Supervision 3: Evidence-Based Treatments for People with Depression

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To acquire practical cognitive behavioural therapy skills in the assessment, formulation, and treatment of people with depression.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Assess, formulate and treat a person with depression to a competent level (achieve a minimum rating of 36 on the Cognitive Rating Scale – Revised (CTS-R; Blackburn, James, Milne & Reichelt, 2000).
  • Apply theory to practice
  • Critically evaluate your own CBT practice
  • Use CBT supervision effectively


The precise syllabus content is driven by the patients you will bring to supervision. However core content common to all supervision groups will include the following: • Application of evidence based CBT theory and models of depression • CBT assessment and formulation of depression • Application of CBT change techniques • Critical appraisal using CTS-R (Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale Revised by Blackburn, James, Milne and Reichelt, 2000) • Assessment and management of risk If this is your first supervision module are also required to attend a one-day workshop on preparation for supervision and use of the CTS-R to develop your own therapeutic practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The main teaching and learning activity is clinical supervision, usually in small groups of up to three students. You must work in a clinical setting where you can access suitable cases for treatment. We require you to bring two CBT cases to university supervision and we strongly encourage you see additional cases who are being supervised in your clinical service. You will need video recording equipment to record therapy sessions. You will need to bring a live excerpt of therapy to each supervision session, to accompany a specific supervision question that you wish to discuss. Supervisors will use a variety of methods to facilitate your development of therapeutic competencies including discussion, demonstration, role play, and homework exercises. Theory/practice links will be made. Other related teaching and learning activities include observation of other accredited therapists and availability of multi-media resources.

Independent Study109
Clinical Practice20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Learning Resources. The programme has a library of therapeutic excerpts will be, which illustrate stylistic issues and specific therapeutic techniques. Some of these are available on Blackboard; others can be loaned for one week. The University Library holds CBT texts (both journal papers and books) from beginners to competent therapists. Most academic papers are available as electronic copies that can be downloaded from a University computer


Assessment Strategy

This module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative methods. Formative assessment: • The use of excerpts of recorded therapy sessions to illustrate issues for discussion with the supervisor. This will be a formal requirement for formative assessment as well as underpin the content of supervision • Student and supervisor ratings of a full therapy session and supervisor feedback using the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale Revised (CTS-R; Blackburn, James, Milne & Reichelt, 2000). Summative assessments: - Assessments of clinical competence: Assessment of a therapy session by a university assessor using the CTS-R. You must obtain a score of 36 (out of a total score of 72) to pass. You will be required to self-rate the recording and submit these ratings together with a single sheet case summary and diagrammatical formulation - Satisfactory supervision report with student’s critical appraisal of progress - A 4000 word written case presentation to detail assessment, formulation, treatment, outcome and critical reflection. This should follow a closely supervised case You need to pass all assignments to pass the module.


Assessments of Clinical Competence


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessments of Clinical Competence 60%
Supervisor reports %
Written case report  (4000 words) 40%


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:


You will need to have access to equipment to (i) video record therapy sessions, and (ii) encrypt and upload these recordings securely to the University. All students studying the level 2 BABCP accredited IAPT Diploma will have their equipment provided by their employing NHS Trust. All other students are responsible for providing their own equipment as discussed at interview, at the Introduction to Supervision and CTS-R day, and in the Student Handbook. You or your employer (typically the NHS) will be responsible for all costs related to your clinical work. If you are taking supervision modules you are required to become a member of BABCP prior to start of your programme.

Tuition Fees

Module Fee (UK/EU)

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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