Module Catalogue

PSY8022 : Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety Disorders II

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Paul Cromarty
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Aims (maximum 4000 characters):

The module aims to enable students to:

1. Build on and consolidate knowledge of the key theories and concepts underpinning practice of CBT,
with particular reference to Anxiety Disorders
2. Improve understanding and proficiency in the fundamental techniques of CBT as matched against core
competencies required in the treatment of Anxiety
3. Develop expertise in specific cognitive and behavioural models of anxiety, and related empirical
evidence, assessment and treatment strategies.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will comprise the following:

• Phenomenology, diagnostic classification and epidemiological characteristics of anxiety disorders
• Assessment and specificity of formulation for CBT with anxiety disorders
• Risk assessment, mental state examination, personal, medical history relevant to anxiety disorders
• Suitability for CBT with anxiety disorders: contra-indications for treatment
• The role of pharmacological interventions
• Clinical process for anxiety disorders– formulation, rationale giving, active treatment, relapse
• Use of clinical measurement with specific anxiety disorders to monitor CBT process and outcome
• The role of the therapeutic relationship with anxiety disorders
• Evidence Based practice: Relationship of therapy to outcome research and NICE Guidance
• Application of theory and method to the individual case in anxiety disorders
• Experiential learning: illustrating how cognitive methods can be applied to the students’ own lives.
• Effective use of supervision with anxiety disorders to enhance and regulate good practise.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture120:0020:00See notes below
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00See notes below
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity120:0020:00See notes below
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1150:00150:00See notes below
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Independant study - Work based tasks, self-practice, reflection, preparing for & undertaking supervision, reading or accessing on line resources and links relating to a anxiety disorder

Lecture - clips and studying diagnostics, phenomenology and treatment models specific to anxiety disorder

Skills practice - Exercises in response to on-line materials including video, interactive, multiple choice and drag and drop exercises

Reflective learning activity - Consolidation of exercises and study; viewing or participation in discussion forums.

Subject knowledge and understanding will be developed through:
• A systematic on line learning framework for the development of knowledge about anxiety to explain
complex CBT concepts and the relationship between theory and practice.
• On line tutorials and group discussion forums about anxiety to encourage team work, critical debate
and involvement.
• Guided self-study, supported by the provision of target, will expand knowledge and understanding
through active and task-based learning.
• Audio visual demonstrations of practice for observational teaching and modelling purposes.
• Problem-oriented learning opportunities will develop problem-solving, critical reasoning and clinical
decision-making skills through a variety of evidence-based interactive activities specifically
related to furthering knowledge and understanding of anxiety.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M1001 case study (up to 4000 words) Involving disorder-specific assessment, formulation and therapeutic change methods
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MSee comments below
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The case study enables the student to demonstrate clinical skills and critical analysis of the theoretical model (and related evidence regarding outcomes) employed in treatment, as well as a critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature of CBT with anxiety disorders, within an individually tailored formulation of a client’s presentation. The key aspects are the relationship between the idiosyncratic case conceptualisation and selected clinical interventions. 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.

A different topic to the one studied in CBT for Anxiety Disorders Part I must be chosen for the case study in this module.

Professional Skills Assessment - Clinical Supervision feedback and formulation development: 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