PSY6104 - Cognitive behaviour therapies: processes and applications - 2019

0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis


Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis

Unit guides



  • Full year 2019 (On-campus)


This unit provides students with training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and the delivery of psychological interventions more broadly. The emphasis here is on understanding CBT theory and the related techniques of intervention, understanding the psychological issues faced by clients, and bringing the two together in formulation and treatment planning. We start by introducing students to the theory of CBT and the process of assessment and formulation and how to structure therapy. Students also learn how to develop focused treatment plans, appropriately implement treatment as required by a placement setting under supervision, report intervention outcomes appropriately, and have an understanding of the underlying theories of such interventions. Key CBT processes such as guided discovery and collaboration are highlighted. Students are supported to learn and apply the core skills of CBT including cognitive restructuring, behavioural experiments, problem-solving and relaxation. Finally, these tools and techniques are applied to clients across the age range with cognitive impairment, depression, anger, and anxiety.


This unit provides students with knowledge and skills related to both generic therapeutic competences as well as competences related specifically to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

By the end of the unit, students should demonstrate capacity to:

  1. Develop and maintain a strong therapeutic relationship with clients that includes managing the emotional content of sessions;
  2. Identify and appraise the theoretical basis for interventions in a range of CBTs;
  3. Formulate comprehensive case formulations and tailored CBT treatment plans;
  4. Apply tailored CBT techniques for a range of case presentations;
  5. Organize and evaluate ongoing self-reflective practice.


Skills practices and written submission - Guided discovery (20%)

Skills practice - Reviewing homework (10%)

Video recording and written reflection - Sharing formulations (25%)

Formulation and treatment plan (20%)

Presentation (15%)

Resource Kit (10%)

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