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PSYC6105 CBT Placement

Module Overview

For students working in an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, the module will also cover the principles and practice of working in a stepped care system. The module reflects the close partnership working between you, the CBT team and your NHS supervisor and line manager. During your “placement” you will work in a clinical service delivering CBT – this is likely to be an IAPT service. Your learning will be supported by the following activities within the clinical service. • Observation of experienced BABCP accredited CBT therapists assessing and treating patients • Delivery of CBT to patients with a range of clinical problems • Supervisor observation of clinical practice (both live observation and through recordings of therapy sessions) • Clinical supervision from BABCP accredited CBT therapists within the clinical service • Regular progress meetings with your academic advisor; progress meetings between the CBT team and your NHS service leads; liaison between University and NHS supervisors about your progress.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop therapeutic competence in delivering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) by treating patients with a range of clinical problems. The module requires you to complete 200 hours of CBT therapy under supervision. This 200 hours can include patients seen for clinical supervision at the University during the CBT supervision modules. The module will also introduce you to issues around good professional practice and about the responsibilities of being an accredited CBT practitioner with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Deliver CBT competently to patients with a range of clinical problems
  • Work independently to assess, formulate and treat patients with CBT
  • Use supervision effectively


• Knowledge and understanding of psychological disorders •CBT assessment •CBT formulation •CBT treatment •Managing risk •Professional practice issues •Personal safety (e.g. lone working) •Principles of stepped care (IAPT services)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

CBT supervisors within the clinical service provide three reports on the student’s clinical practice. These are timed to coincide with the university supervisor’s report at the end of each supervision module. Students write a critical reflection on the observations from both of these reports in order to identify what they have learned and to identify areas for development. There is no automatic right to resit, but where this is permitted, the university and service will work together to identify specific learning outcomes that must be achieved in order for you student to pass the module.

Total study time200


Assessment Strategy

Summative Assessment: - Satisfactory NHS supervisor reports with student reflective response. There is no referral opportunity for this syllabus in same academic year


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 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) 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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