PYMTM1-Treatments and Models 1

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites: PYMIN1 Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment or PYMIN3 Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment (APEL route)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Hannah Whitney


Summary module description:
Students must have passed PYMIN1 or PYMIN3 to be eligible to be assessed on this module.


  • To train clinicians to understand the evidence-based theory for a range of psychological disorders.
  • To teach clinicians how to treat patients with specific disorders in an evidence-based way.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability:

  • To understand evidence-based psychological theories and therapies. This will be assessed via the Knowledge Assessment.
  • To critically evaluate evidence-based psychological theories and treatment. This will be assessed by the Knowledge Assessment.

Additional outcomes:

  • Students will learn to constructively discuss and appraise the work of themselves and others presented in small discussion groups and/or role-plays.

Outline content:
1. Workshops equating to five full days on evidence-based psychological theory and treatments delivered by recognised national and international experts in the field. These workshops will include topics on relatively straightforward, specific disorders that occur commonly in clinical practice such as:
a) Assessment methodology; clinical trial and outcome studies
b) Behavioural experiments
c) Attitudes and basic principles and CBT with older people
d) Panic disorder
e) Social anxiety

2. Discussion groups and/or role-plays within the workshops to discuss the psychological theory and treatment with the opportunity to present their own case material.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Workshops / small group work; audio and video recording; role-play exercises and discussion; 'homework' where the workshops are over multiple days. All teaching will take place in a group setting. 

Contact hours: (Each day is 5.75 hours)

  • 5 teaching days in total = 28.75 hours

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 28.75 17.25 11.5
Guided independent study 100 71.25
Total hours by term 28.75 117.25 82.75
Total hours for module 228.75

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
There will be a 2500 word essay based on the workshops associated with this module. The essay will include an assessment of the students' (i) knowledge of the theory they have learned, (ii) knowledge of the treatment resulting from that theory and (iii) critical reflection on their use of such theories and treatment within their current practice.

(N.B. it is their ability to critically reflect rather than implement the theory and treatment that is being assessed).

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:

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 assessment will be given the opportunity to resit on one further occasion. 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: 31 March 2017

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