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PSY8053 : Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: theory and skills.

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles underpinning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and to enable them to gain a basic understanding of the key skills used in the practice of CBT. Included in this will be an introduction to the assessment, conceptualisation and treatment of depression and anxiety using the CBT model, as well as an outline of the evidence base supporting the use of CBT to treat these disorders. Students will also be provided with opportunities to use experiential exercises to understand how CBT can be applied to their own (non-mental health) experiences, as a means to gain practical experience of using the skills and a better understanding of those factors which are likely to enhance clients’ experience of the model. It is hoped that this may provide a foundation to develop as a CBT therapist if further training and supervision is sought.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       History and development of CBT
•       Core principles of CBT
•       Evidence base underpinning CBT
•       Engaging the patient
•       Structure of sessions
•       CBT in the treatment of depression
•       CBT in the treatment of anxiety
•       Change techniques in CBT
•       Measuring effectiveness of treatment

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparation and completion of essay and case study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00Preparatory reading and follow up reading for workshops
Guided Independent StudySkills practice120:0020:00Homework assignments to practice CBT skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops103:0030:00Theory and skills workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00Further reading and study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching methods will include weekly workshops exploring the theoretical underpinnings of CBT including the development of the model, core principles and the evidence base. The workshops will also introduce the key skills used to understand and treat anxiety and depression, with time allocated for discussion and skills practice within the workshops. Students will be expected to do preparatory reading as directed by the module leader, in order to maximise learning within the sessions, as well as follow up reading to deepen their knowledge. Homework assignments will involve applying CBT to case studies as well as practising CBT change techniques on themselves in relation to everyday problems – this is expected to develop skills and foster an awareness of the impact of the techniques and thus help to develop the theory-practice link. Students will be required to read more widely around the topics to encourage critical thinking about the subject matter, including book chapters, journal articles and the NICE guidelines.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M50Essay (1500 words) Critical analysis of CBT core principles and model
Case study2M50Case Study (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 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 theory & practice of CBT, at the same time it will promote critical awareness of the assumptions and philosophical basis of the CBT framework.

The case study will provide students with a real life scenario of an individual experiencing a significant mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. They will be required to outline an appropriate CBT model that would help them to (a) understand the individual’s current situation;( b) how would this model guide what further information the student would need to gather to inform their assessment and formulation and (c) describe their intervention options. The case study is intended to ensure that the students can utilise their theoretical knowledge in an applied context to design and evaluate the outcome of a CBT intervention based upon an appropriate CBT theory/model.

Reading Lists

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