PYMIN3-Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment (APEL

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: PYMIN1 Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Pam Myles


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:

Outline content:
N/A - APEL assessment only

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
N/A - APEL assessment only

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Total hours by term
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

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:

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:

Length of examination:
90 minutes

Requirements for a pass:
The assessment will be marked on a pass/fail basis with a 50% pass mark.

Reassessment arrangements:

Student who do not obtain the required pass mark in the assessed work will not be awarded APEL for the module. There is no opportunity to resit. Students will be invited to take the module PYMIN1. They will then sit the in-class test as if the first attempt.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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