EDF5531 - Cognitive behaviour therapies - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Phil Chittleborough


Phil Chittleborough

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (Flexible)

Hong Kong



Must be enrolled in course owned by Faculty of Education.


This unit presents students with in-depth knowledge about different forms and components of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Major traditions in CBT and current developments are given emphasis. Students will be briefly introduced to some additional evidence-based therapies which represent alternatives to CBT. The strengths and limitations of CBT and these other therapies are critically examined. Throughout the unit, students are given an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of these therapies, and learn practical clinical skills in applying them to help clients and their problems.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. identify the features of a range of contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies
  2. compare the philosophical basis and therapeutic effectiveness of CBT with an alternative evidence-based therapy
  3. apply the skills of CBT in counselling
  4. develop a case conceptualisation using a cognitive behavioural approach
  5. develop a cognitive-behavioural intervention plan.


Class activities equivalent to 20 hours of client contact are recorded in the student's log book of clinical professional experience.


Group presentation (video recording) of cognitive behaviour therapy processes (4000 words, 50%)

Case conceptualisation and intervention plan (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 20 hours on campus classes, 12 hours online classes and 4 hours directed online learning over the semester, or
    • 24 hours directed online learning and 12 hours online classes over the semester
  2. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 14 hours of online study per term
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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