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PSYC6100 CBT Supervision 6: Introduction to Working with People with Psychosis

Module Overview

The module will incorporate group supervision delivered by BABCP accredited supervisors. This will be conducted once a week for 10 sessions and will include formative feedback on excerpts of recorded therapy sessions. Co-requisite: PSYC6101

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The overall aim of this module is for students to engage with clients with complex problems and to begin to acquire practical cognitive behavioural therapy skills in assessment, formulation, and evidence-based treatments.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Assess and select an appropriate evidence-based model for formulation
  • Derive a coherent treatment plan from your formulation, together with appropriate therapy goals, and begin to implement treatment (achieving advanced beginner level stage of competency (minimum rating of 30 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 psychosis • Application of CBT assessment principles and adaptations needed for this client group • 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 If this is your first supervision module you are also required to attend a one-day workshop on preparation for supervision and use of the CTS-R in supervision 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 cases to 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.

Clinical Practice20
Independent Study109
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Learning Resources. The programme has a library of therapeutic excerpts 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. You will be provided with the CTS-R and accompanying manual.


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 • Peer feedback on a full therapy session using the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale Revised (CTS-R; Blackburn, James, Milne & Reichelt, 2000). Or • 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: Submit a full session therapy recording for assessment against the CTS-R. Pass grade is CTS-R 30. 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 You need to pass all assignments to pass the module.


Assessments of Clinical Competence


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessments of Clinical Competence 100%
Supervisor reports %


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:

Travel Costs for placements

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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