Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy


This module provides an introduction to the principles and methods of cognitive-behavioural therapy.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with: an opportunity to develop an understanding of cognitive-behavioural therapy and to explore the ethical, professional and personal issues arising from the application of CBT theory and methods in practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate an applied understanding of cognitive-behavioural theory

2.  Understand the theoretical underpinnings of CBT

3.  Formulate a CBT response to client problems

4.  Evaluate assessment data relevant to a CBT approach to therapy

5.  Demonstrate core skills in the delivery of CBT

Indicative Content

1 Theoretical perspectives in CBT

CBT approaches to psychological distress: basic theoretical concepts. Integrating CBT with other therapy approaches: issues, challenges and opportunities. The role of research in effective use of CBT approaches.

2 Principles of CBT practice

The CBT competency framework. Core CBT skills: assessment, treatment planning and case formulation, developing a collaborative relationship, implementing behavioural and cognitive change strategies, using homework assignments with clients, using self- help materials, monitoring client progress, relapse prevention strategies. The process of therapy: common issues and challenges. Professional practice issues and supervision in CBT.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module is delivered via lecture and group work. Practical sessions are designed to help the student develop their skills. Use of simulation and video provides an opportunity for further skills development. A further aspect of this module promotes the use of an on-line reflective log. The modules promotes the graduate attributes of flexibility and creativity.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 5
Supervised Practical Activity 15
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 20
Independent 150

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.