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PSYC6099 CBT Supervision 5: Further Skills for Working with People with Personality Disorders

Module Overview

You will have already completed CBT Supervision 4 which helps you assess, formulate and derive a treatment plan

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The overall aim of this module is for students to continue to engage with clients with complex problems such as personality disorder, and to continue to apply practical cognitive behavioural therapy skills in evidence-based treatments.


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 personality disorder and/or complex cases •Application of evidence-based formulation skills appropriate for this client group •Application of CBT change techniques and critical appraisal using CTS-R (Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale Revised by Blackburn, James, Milne and Reichelt, 2000) •Assessment and management of risk •Monitor progress of patients and prepare for therapy ending and prevention of relapse

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 cases to supervision and we strongly encourage you see additional cases who are being supervised in your clinical service. 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.


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: You need to pass all assignments to pass the module.

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Linked modules


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

PSYC6098CBT Supervision 4: Introduction to Working with People with Personality Disorders
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