Module details for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


This module provides an overview of 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.  Critically discuss the theoretical underpinnings of cognitive−behavioural therapy

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

3.  Formulate a CBT response to client problems

4.  Critically reflect upon and amend practice in response to emerging issues in the therapeutic encounter

5.  Demonstrate competence in the delivery of core CBT skills

Indicative Content

1 Theoretical perspectives in CBT

History and current developments 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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Practical Activity 26
Assessment 40
Independent 121
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.