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PSYC6118 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Module Overview

The NICE guidelines recommend cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) as the best evidenced and most cost-effective treatment for a range of disorders including anxiety disorders, depression, and psychosis. This requires the development of a workforce that is both knowledgeable and skilled in elivering evidence-based interventions to people with a variety of psychological disorders. This CBT odule will provide you with knowledge about CBT and will develop your CBT skills in assessment, ormulation and treatment to provide you with a platform from which you can develop into an effective nd competent practitioner.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • be able to conduct a competent CBT assessment and critically appraise models and methods of assessment in CBT
  • know how to construct a CBT formulation based on a specific theoretical model and devise an evidence-based treatment plan
  • be able to critically evaluate the evidence-base for CBT theory and models
  • Demonstrate and evaluate theory-practice links in the application of CBT to case material
  • Reflect on your clinical practice in with CBT


The curriculum for this module will comprise the following components: • CBT assessment • Different methods of formulation including the differences between generic and disorderspecific • CBT formulations • CBT structure • CBT change techniques • Behavioural experiments • Special considerations for working with complex cases such as individuals with personality • disorders and psychosis • Principles of reflective practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will comprise a number of different methods including lectures, seminars, problem-based earning, e-learning, directed reading, and independent study. Skills-based competencies will be taught through demonstrations, simulated role plays, and using multi-media resources.

Independent Study74
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Leahy, R.L. (2006). Contemporary Cognitive Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 

Blackburn, I. & Twaddle, V. (2006). Cognitive Therapy in Action: A Practitioner’s Casebook. 

Nordahl, H. & Wells, A. (2009). Changing Beliefs in Cognitive Therapy: A Therapist’s Guide. 

Wells, A. (1995). Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: A Practice Manual and Conceptual Guide. 

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

Lusia Stopa (2009). Imagery and the threatened self: Perspectives on mental imagery and the self in cognitive therapy. 

Beck, J.S. (1975). Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond. 

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

Beck, A.T., Rush, A.J., Shaw, B.F. & Emery, G. (1979). Cognitive Therapy for Depression. 

Leahy, R. L. (2003). Cognitive Therapy Techniques: A Practitioner’s Guide. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Report  ( words) 75%
Role-played CBT assessment 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 75%
Role-played CBT assessment 25%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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:

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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