This unit of study develops students' knowledge base and conceptual abilities in the principles and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). The unit includes curriculum related to the fundamental theory of CBT, how it is used in the formulation of understanding psychological problems, and treatment techniques and interventions using this approach.

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APT5035 - Theories and Techniques of Counselling or

APT5037 - Child and Adolescent: Theories and Techniques of Counselling

Learning Outcomes

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


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Reflection on recorded CBT intervention. 20%
Literature Review Review of professional literature that examines CBT intervention relevant to provided case study (1000 words) 40%
Case Study Practical assignment: Recorded session of CBT intervention. 40%

Required reading

Learning cognitive behaviour therapy: An illustrated guide 2nd ed.
Wright, J.H., Brown, G.K., Thase, M.E. and Ramirez Basco, M. (2017)
Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing

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