module specification

PY7202 - CBT for Common Emotional Disorders (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title CBT for Common Emotional Disorders
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
167 hours Guided independent study
33 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Critical analysis
Coursework 50%   Case study
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

The module introduces students to core areas of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice and Treatment around common emotional disorders. It provides students with a broad based theoretical and philosophical introduction to the field of cognitive behavioural therapy in the assessment and treatment of common emotional disorders. The module looks at the psychopathology of different emotional disorders and a range of cognitive and behavioural treatment options.

The module promotes development of core cognitive and intellectual skills that underpin the ability to translate cognitive behavioural theory into practice with a wide range of common psychological issues.

Module aims:
• To provide students with a good understanding of the range of common emotional disorders which CBT can support
• To provide students with a good understanding of different therapeutic skills in CBT to address common emotional disorders 
• To provide students with the skills to conceptualise treatment of common emotional disorders using key CBT techniques
• To provide students with the opportunity to practice using CBT skills to address common emotional issues
• To encourage students to evaluate the efficacy of different CBT skills in everyday practice


• Psychopathology of depression and anxiety disorders (e.g,.GAD, social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, phobias etc), LO1

• CBT treatment techniques incl cognitive restructuring, behavioural activation, exposure therapy, LO1, LO2, LO3

• 3rd wave CBT treatments incl ACT, mindfulness etc., LO2, LO3, LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Mixed methods approach. Formal lectures combined with workshop activities and interactive group sessions.

Delivery and discussion of the module syllabi will be via interactive lectures and tutorials (11 X3hrs). In addition to the weekly seminar workshops which will provide a forum for the application of theory to practical problems (11 hrs), students are expected to work in groups to learn from each other and learn how to independently use other resources available, e.g. library, the internet, Web Learn and own organisation.  Hence a total of 11x3 hrs interactive sessions including seminar activities are designed to discuss various topics in the lectures and the pre-circulated seminar workshop activities. The module will also have its own dedicated Web Learn site to enable staff and students to readily contact each other and offers an on-line support/learning.

Information and materials relating to the workshops and seminars will be circulated once the course has commenced.   The seminars and workshops will familiarise students with various aspect of the course.  All workshops will relate to lecture topics and will provide the opportunities for role play, demonstrations, interactive group discussions, reflective appraisal etc.  Students are expected to do prior reading and consult recommended texts in order to be actively involved in the seminar activities and group discussions.

The usual programme each week will comprise of a lecture integrated with seminar workshop activities and group discussion. The workshops will use the content of the lecture and pre-circulated material for class discussion and group work.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able:

1. To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of common emotional disorders
2. To assess the usefulness of employing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in this field
3. To critically review different cognitive and behavioural techniques for emotional disorders
4. To have a critical understanding of the efficacy and implementation of cognitive behavioural therapy theory and how research supports it.

Assessment strategy

There are two assignments for this module:

Assignment 1 (2000 words): This coursework assignment will test the critical evaluation and reflective skills of the students using a critical analysis of CBT treatment options from the literature. Students will be required to evaluate the literature for treatment options for a common emotional disorder and evaluation of their effectiveness and relevance in providing support. They will be required to use illustrations from their own clinical practice to demonstrate relevance.

Assignment 2 (2000 words): This coursework will be based on a clinical case study requiring students to carry out an evaluation and assessment for an emotional disorder. As part of this students are required to use a case study from their own clinical practice to do an evaluation of the integration of CBT techniques and methods. Students will be required to submit an audio recording of one of their sessions carried out with a client. This audio will be assessed by the course team using the CTS-R measure to assess CBT skills in practice. Students are expected to score a minimum of 36/72 overall to demonstrate skills. Note appropriate consent must be sought in advance from clients and audio-recording anonymised.  The assessment will require them to have good knowledge of the issue at hand, and to be able to demonstrate the relevant use of CBT techniques in practice.
Students will need to back up their evaluation and practice with evidence from literature and reflective account of the issue to hand.  This assessment will address all of the learning outcomes (LO1,2,3 and 4).