Module Catalogue

PSY8015 : Fundamental Principles of CBT

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Paul Cromarty
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to enable students to use a CBT model to inform their own practice regardless of role and setting and will provide a foundation to develop as a CBT therapist if further training and supervision is sought.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover:

• CBT theory and development
• CBT Assessment and formulation
• Risk assessment
• Application and suitability for CBT
• Problem definition and goal setting
• Fundamental principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy eg collaborative empiricism : clinical process –
formulation, rationale giving, measurement, socratic questioning, active treatment, relapse
prevention: structuring sessions – agenda setting, summarising, setting homework
• Measurement of change to monitor process and outcome
• The role of the therapeutic relationship in CBT
• Evidence Based practice: Relationship of therapy to outcome research and NICE Guidance
• cognitive-behavioural change techniques
• Idiosyncratic application of theory to practice
• Application of CBT with more complex presentations, deriving CBT driven formulations in cases of co-
• Experiential learning illustrating how cognitive behavioural methods can be applied to the students’
own lives.
• The role of supervision in CBT

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00See notes below
Guided Independent StudySkills practice101:0010:00See notes below
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity201:0020:00See notes below
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1501:00150:00See notes below
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Independent Study - Work based tasks, self-practice, reflection, preparing for and undertaking supervision, reading or accessing on line resources and links

Lecture - Includes following the structured on-line materials including video clips and studying diagnostics and phenomenology, plus specific treatment models to develop declarative knowledge

Skills Practice - Exercises in response to on-line materials - video, interactive & drag and drop exercises, multiple choice etc.

Reflective Learning Activity - Includes repeat and consolidation of exercises and study; viewing or participation in discussion forums.

Subject knowledge and understanding will be developed through:
• Systematic on line learning framework for the development of knowledge to explain complex CBT
concepts and the relationship between theory and practice.
• On line tutorials and group discussion forums to encourage team work, critical debate and
• Guided self-study, supported by the provision of targets and to expand knowledge and understanding
through active and task-based learning.
• Audio visual demonstrations of practice to be observed and examined on throughout the on line
• Problem-oriented learning opportunities, to develop problem-solving, critical reasoning and clinical
decision-making skills through evidence-based activities.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Essay (4000 words) Critical and reflective analysis of the theoretical model and key principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1MSee comment below
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This essay provides students with the opportunity to access, review and reflect on the academic literature in relation to CBT and will provide the fundamental building blocks for deeper understanding. The essay will examine the students’ grasp of the theory & practice of CBT, including reference to its applicability to the student’s own experience at the same time it will promote critical awareness of the assumptions and philosophical basis of the CBT framework.
This model is a pre-requisite for all Praxis CBT on-line modules.

Professional Skills Assessment - Clinical Supervision feedback: Formative appraisal of therapy sessions by supervisor using a clinical tool (Revised Cognitive Therapy scale CTSR) is used to reflect on practice in the assignment.

Reading Lists