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PSYC6118 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Core Skills

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 and depression, and this requires the development of a workforce that is both knowledgeable and skilled in delivering evidence-based interventions to people with a variety of psychological disorders. This CBT module will provide you with a foundation level knowledge about CBT theory and application, and will develop your CBT skills in assessment, formulation and treatment.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct a competent CBT assessment and critically appraise models and methods of assessment in CBT
  • construct a CBT formulation based on a specific theoretical model and devise an evidence-based treatment plan
  • 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 disorder specific • CBT formulations • CBT structure • CBT change techniques • Behavioural experiments • Principles of reflective practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will comprise a number of different methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, 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 Study47
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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



Workshop activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Role-played CBT assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Role-played CBT assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC6119


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:


1. Employing actors to play patients in role played assessments. 2. Multi-media resources demonstrating CBT techniques

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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