This unit will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The unit focuses on Cognitive and Behavioural approaches to therapy, including Behavioural Therapy (BT), Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Students will be introduced to the main theories, concepts and techniques of CBT, gain understanding of the stages and process of CBT, and gain experience in the delivery of these techniques to some different client groups.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise the principles that underpin Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theories and interventions;  
  2. Conceptualise client issues from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy perspective;  
  3. Justify and apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy intervention skills;  
  4. Identify and critique a range of professional literature that examines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy practices;  
  5. Critically reflect on the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a counselling role play.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Case formulation and evidence based treatment plan using a cognitive-behavioural approach, based on a set case study (indicative: 1500 words) 30%
Exercise Demonstration of CBT intervention in simulated therapy exercise and reflection (indicative: 1500 words; Intervention: 20%. Reflection: 10%) 30%
Assignment 25 short answer questions on fundamental cognitive and behavioural therapy concepts and interventions. 40%

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