PY2ITC-Introduction to CBT

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Only available for students on the MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical) programme
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Paul Jenkins


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module will provide students with an introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This module will provide students with an overview of the importance of 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.  Students will be guided through key stages of CBT, including assessment, formulation, and endings.  The module will also introduce therapeutic tools for treating common psychological disorders and discuss their practical application.


  • To develop a systematic understanding of the role of evidence-based psychological treatments in the provision of psychological services

  • To have an awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of current knowledge in the fields of CBT and evidence-based practice

  • To discuss the role of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the provision of psychological therapy, in the UK and beyond

  • 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 develop a conceptual understanding of CBT, including a historical and conceptual overview of CBT and an understanding of CBT theory

  • To introduce 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, clinical practice, and the policies endorsed by the National Health Service (NHS)

  • Critically evaluate psychological therapies in terms of their level of evidence for treating common psychological disorders

  • Produce CBT formulations according to individual circumstances and presenting problems

  • Describe core CBT skills, such as thought records and behavioural experiments

Additional outcomes:

  • Students will learn to use CBT tools (e.g., thought records, goal-setting) to identify personal difficulties and consider ways to overcome these

  • Appreciate the usefulness of personal reflection in CBT

  • Students will demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and advancing their own knowledge

  • Appreciate the value of multiple perspectives and the importance of diversity

Outline content:

There will be 810 three-hour sessions  half-days of face-to-face teaching covering topics such as:

  • The fundamentals of evidence-based psychological treatments, with a particular focus on CBT

  • Assessment and formulation in CBT

  • Setting goals, agendas, and agreeing homework

  • Core CBT techniques (e.g., behavioural experiments, reviewing thought records)

  • Use of self-reflection and supervision

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Seminars / lectures; small group work; audio and video recording; role-play exercises and group discussion; online discussion boards via Blackboard Learn; examples leading to production of a cognitive behavioural formulation for a ‘patient’; practice of CBT skills in students’ own lives.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Guided independent study: 170
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Report 40
Portfolio 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The assessment comprises:

  1. A written assignment (1500-word essay)

  2. A portfolio describing three activities

  3. A reflective piece (1000 words) based on an activity described in the

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

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

•where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
•where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:


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 40%.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2019


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