PYMIN1-Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Modules excluded: APEL
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Hannah Whitney


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module will provide students with an introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) through 8 half-day teaching sessions. This module will introduce students to the essential need to develop psychological interventions that are based on: (i) Current theoretical understanding of common psychological disorders (e.g., anxiety and depressive disorders), and (ii) empirical evidence relevant to both the models of psychological disorder and the efficacy of associated treatments. The module will also introduce key therapeutic tools for treating common psychological disorders and discuss their practical utility. 

•To develop students’ understanding of the role evidence-based psychological treatments play in the provision of psychological services.
•To develop students’ understanding of the role of both the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
•To provide students with an introduction to evidence-based psychological treatment and highlight the particular importance of CBT in the treatment of common psychological disorders.
•To provide students with an historical and conceptual overview of CBT.
•To train students to understand CBT theory and key therapeutic skills and strategies used in CBT

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

• Understand the interface between research and clinical practice

• Critically evaluate therapies in terms of their level of evidence for treating common psychological disorders and the resultant clinical guidelines produced by NICE.

• Devise personalised CBT formulations and use thought records and behavioural experiments appropriately and effectively.

Additional outcomes:
Students will learn to use thought records effectively to identify their own personal difficulties and design ways to overcome these.

Outline content:
There will be 8 half-days of face-to-face teaching covering:
1.The fundamentals of evidence-based psychological treatments and CBT
2.Assessment and formulation in CBT
3.The course of therapy Part I (e.g. agenda setting, goals, homework)
4.The course of therapy – Part II (e.g. cognitive techniques, behavioural techniques, relapse prevention)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures/small group work; audio and video recording; role-play exercises and discussion; 'homework assignments' to produce a cognitive behavioural formulation for a patient; to keep personal thought records and to design and implement behavioural experiments. 

Contact hours:

  • 4 teaching days in total = 23 hours

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 23
Guided independent study 177
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
90 minutes

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Knowledge assessment.

The assessment comprises short open-ended essay style questions to assess the student's ability to comprehend, critique and implement fundamental CBT premises and interventions. Students will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

Formative assessment methods:
Role-play exercises and discussion; written assignments.

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:
50%. 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 re-attempt, on one further occasion, any individual assessment that has been failed. The re-sit grade cannot exceed 50%.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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