Module Catalogue

PSY8024 : Cognitive Behavioural Approaches for Depression

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Paul Cromarty
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 Depression
2. Improve understanding and proficiency in the fundamental techniques of CBT as matched against core
competencies required in the treatment of depression
3. Develop expertise in specific cognitive and behavioural models of depression, and related empirical
evidence, assessment and treatment strategies

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will comprise the following:

• Phenomenology and diagnostic classification and epidemiological characteristics of depression
• Linking theory with practice: Current evidence based treatment protocols for depression including
combined treatment.
• Evidenced based practice: relationship of therapy to outcome research
• Theory and development of cognitive and behavioural models for depression
• Assessment and formulation of CBT with depression, including specific associated problems
• Risk assessment, risk management, suicide risk and mental state examination
• Application and suitability for CBT with depression including co-morbid factors
• Clinical process for CBT with depression using a cognitive or behavioural activation model
formulation, rationale, active treatment, relapse prevention)
• CBT for acute and chronic, recurrent depression (including Mindfulness based CBT)
• The role of the therapeutic relationship in CBT with depression
• Effective use of supervision

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

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

Lecture - Includes following the structured on-line materials including video clips of depressed service users

Skills practice - Interactive exercises in response to on-line materials about depression including: interactive s, multiple choice and drag and drop exercises

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:
• A systematic on line learning framework for the development of knowledge about depression to explain
complex CBT concepts and the relationship between theory and practice.
• On line tutorials and group discussion forums about depression to encourage team work, critical
debate and involvement.
• Guided self-study, supported by the provision of targets, 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 depression.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study3M1001 Depression case study (up to 4000 words) Involving disorder-specific assessment, formulation and therapeutic change methods
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The case study will allow the student to demonstrate the knowledge and skills outlined in the intended learning outcomes. The case study enables the student to demonstrate skills in critical analysis of the theoretical model (and related evidence re outcomes) employed in treatment, and a personalised formulation of client’s illness showing a balance of adherence to and personalised adaptation from the model in question. It provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to integrate material from academic literature with clinical material and to provide a context for the individual case. It also provides the opportunity for reflection on and critical analysis of models and an individualised formulation which, where appropriate utilises and adapts the model. The case study must follow either a Behavioural Activation approach to Depression or a Beckian Cognitive Therapy approach to Depression as the primary intervention.

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