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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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe and critically appraise CBT models of anxiety and depression
  • Demonstrate basic skills in assessment and formulation and demonstrate awareness of treatment for anxiety disorders and depression.
  • Reflect on your CBT skills
  • Evaluate the evidence base supporting the use of CBT with anxiety and depression
  • Compare and contrast CBT, ACT, DBT and Mindfulness
  • Describe the ethical and professional issues around the delivery of CBT to NHS clients
  • Demonstrate awareness of cross-cultural issues in the application of CBT


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.

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Assessment Strategy

Formative feedback is given in class. Summative assessment is a 1500 word case formulation based on a case study(60%) and a written formulation exam involving a videotaped therapy session (40%)


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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