PYMANX-Theory and Practice for Anxiety Disorders

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer / Autumn module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Katherine Simons


Type of module:

Summary module description:

1. To develop practical competency in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety disorders

2. To develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature of CBT with anxiety disorders.

1. To develop practical competency in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety disorders
2. To develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature of CBT with anxiety disorders.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Achieving the learning outcomes listed below will ensure that students have developed competency in at least one of the specific programmes related to the anxiety disorders listed in the competency framework (Roth and Pilling 2007- see Overall it is expected that the students will attain the specific competencies set out in the IAPT high intensity curriculum (


Assessable outcomes

i) a critical understanding of the phenomenology, diagnostic classifications and epidemiological characteristics of anxiety disorders

ii) competency in assessing patients for suitability for CBT with anxiety disorders

iii) constructing maintenance and developmental conceptualisations of cases of anxiety disorders

iv) developing CBT treatment plans for a range of anxiety disorders

v) demonstrate evidence of critical evaluation of theoretical evidence based interventions integrated within and guiding therapy with anxiety disorders

vi) collaboratively deriving an anxiety model with a client

vii) demonstrate the ability to eliciting and evaluating key cognitions and images in anxiety disorders

viii) competency in constructing, carrying out and evaluating behavioural experiments

ix) demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving basic therapeutic problems with anxiety disorders

x) demonstrate self-direction and originality in working with co-morbidity and solving more complex therapeutic problems

xi) ability to deal with ending therapy and planning for long term maintenance of gains with evidence of relapse prevention plan

xii) demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving therapeutic problems

xiii) begin to practise as “scientist practitioners” continuing to advance their knowledge and understanding to develop new skills with anxiety to a high level

xiv) demonstrate insightful knowledge of CBT and an ability to identify own values and beliefs in working with anxiety and CBT’s application to their own lives

xv) demonstrate competency in making best use of supervision with anxiety disorders on the course

xvi) demonstrate an ability to sensitively adapt CBT for anxiety disorders, and ensure equitable access of CBT to diverse cultures and values

xvii) demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles and practice, and competency in delivering high intensity psychological therapy within a stepped care system

Additional outcomes:
•A training log specifying the length of study, number of taught hours and a record of the lecturers, tutors or mentors participating in a therapist’s training must be kept by the student.

Outline content:

Phenomenology, diagnostic classification and epidemiological characteristics of anxiety disorders

•             Assessment and formulation for CBT with anxiety disorders

•             Risk assessment, mental state examination, personal, medical history relevant to anxiety disorders

•             Application and suitability for CBT with anxiety disorders: contraindications for treatment, the role of pharmacological interventions and substance misuse, how to refer on to other agencies if unsuitable

•             Clinical process for anxiety disorders– formulation, rationale giving, active treatment, relapse prevention

•             Use of clinical measurement with specific anxiety disorders to monitor CBT process and outcome

•             The role of the therapeutic relationship in CBT with anxiety disorders

•             Anxiety Disorders: clinical and research: clinical trials; outcome studies

•             Theories and experimental studies of process in anxiety disorders

•             Application of theory and method to the individual case in anxiety disorders

•             Experiential learning: illustrating how cognitive methods with anxiety can be applied to the students’ own lives

•             Values, culture and diversity (access, ethical, professional and cultural considerations)

•             Effective use of supervision in working with people with anxiety disorders to enhance and regulate good practice

•             An overview of the principles of the stepped care system, knowledge of low intensity interventions with anxiety disorders and the role of high intensity psychological therapy within that framework

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

i) Experiential and skills based workshops providing students with a strong foundation in the clinical procedures of CBT, and addressing the most up-to-date research developments. ii) Skills based competencies will be developed through small group experiential work and role plays in workshops, group supervision by course members and individual/group supervision in the place of work. iii) On-going clinical supervision provided by members of the course team and at the place of work. iv) Self-directed study to include general reading for each course and preparatory reading for each session. DVD/video library and web based resources will be available in order that students can borrow and study examples of clinical therapy sessions and clinical demonstrations of specific techniques. v) Case management and problem based learning will be facilitated through a combination of course and work-based supervision.

Contact hours

•    Teaching contact hours: average minimum of 100 hours; the total minimum teaching contact hours summed across Modules PYMFUN, PYMANX and PYMDEP (including clinical skills and supervision) is 300 hours.

•    Supervision contact hours: average minimum of 11.5 hours; the total minimum supervision contact hours summed across Modules PYMFUN, PYMANX and PYMDEP is 35.

•    Total contact hours for this module will be a minimum of 400, to include lectures and clinical skills, supervision and guided independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 25 50
Seminars 10 15
Practicals classes and workshops 75 75
External visits 50 100
Total hours by term 160.00 240.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 33.4
Oral assessment and presentation 33.3
Practical skills assessment 33.3

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There are 3 parts to this assessment.

1) Extended case report of a patient with an anxiety disorder (

2) Case study presentation of a patient with an anxiety disorder 3) One video-recording of therapy for anxiety rated using the CTS-R (linked to the extended case report)

These 3 are all equally weighted.

Formative assessment methods:

In addition to the three summative assessments for this module, the student will be required to submit:

1.            Information to be included in the Accreditation Portfolio.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 50% for each of the items of summative assessed coursework in the module and submission of the work for formative assessment. A minimum of 80% attendance is required.

Reassessment arrangements:

Students who do not obtain the required pass mark in the assessed work will be given the opportunity to resubmit, on one further occasion, any individual assessment that has been failed. The re-sit grade cannot exceed 50%.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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