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PSYC6114 CBT for Anxiety and Depression

Module Overview

This module builds on the skills and knowledge developed in PSYC6104 Introduction to CBT Theory and Skills. The module provides an introduction to the theoretical models and clinical skills involved in CBT for adults with anxiety disorders and depression. You will progress from a generic understanding of CBT and its use in the NHS to a more specific understanding of engagement, assessment, formulation and change techniques with patients with anxiety disorders and depression. You will cover third wave models of CBT with an introduction to Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to provide an introduction to CBT assessment, formulation and intervention for adults with anxiety disorders and depression, including third wave models, which will include consideration of cross-cultural issues.


The syllabus includes coverage of CBT problem-specific models of anxiety and the CBT model of depression. You will cover the core skills of the clinical psychologist of assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and communication in working with adults with anxiety and depression. You will be introduced to Third wave models including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness. You will consider the evidence base for the application of the different therapy approaches, referring to NICE guidelines.

Special Features

Teaching is delivered by practising clinicians. The assessment for the module helps you to practise the key skill of formulation related to a case study of a client from a diverse background. You have the chance to gain feedback on your formulation skills in the classroom based formulation of a videotaped interview with a patient, prior to having to write up a longer case formulation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching consists of a combination of workshops, seminars, directed reading and independent study. Therapeutic skills will be taught through practice, using role play and case vignette discussion in small groups.

Independent Study60
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Miller, W.R. & Rollnick, S. (2002). Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change. 

Ellis, A. (2002). Overcoming Resistance: A Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy Integrated Approach. 

Salkovskis, P.M (1996). Frontiers of Cognitive Therapy: The State of the Art and Beyond. 

Hawton, K. (1989). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychiatric Problems: A Practical Guide. 

Greenburger, D. & Padesky, C. (1995). Mind Over Mood. 

Westbrook, D., Kennerly, H. & Kirk, J. (2007). An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications. 

Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., Fennell, M. & Hackmann, A (2004). xford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Formulation 40%
Formulation of a CBT case  (1500 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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