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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Cognitive & Behavioural Approaches
Module Code NS584
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gemma Kiernan
Semester 2: Nigel Mulligan
Autumn: Gemma Kiernan
Module TeachersGemma Kiernan
Nigel Mulligan
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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This module will enable the student to undertake an in-depth study and critical review of Cognitive- Behaviour Therapy (CBT). They will gain an understanding of core cognitive and behavioural principles and approaches as they have developed. The student will be introduced to the changing nature of the therapeutic process at each stage of therapy from initial engagement to the end of therapy. Over the course of the module it is anticipated that the student will gain an in-depth understanding of the centrality of the therapeutic alliance/relationship, develop relevant personal qualities, address and develop competence in client assessment procedures, case formulation, the application of core skills and techniques of CBT, and evaluating treatment outcomes and finally consider ethical issues as they arise in CBT. Students are expected to engage with required reading and classes, seminars, on line course work and tutorials.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the central tenets and rationale of CBT and discern the strengths and deficits of this approach
2. Examination of the qualities of a therapeutic environment or climate consistent with a CBT psychotherapeutic approach
3. Examine the preparation required for the beginning, middle and ending phases of therapy
4. Review and elaboration of CBT therapy micro- and macro skills and consider the practical considerations in relation to contracting, note taking, tape-recording, confidentiality and risk-assessment
5. Consider of the nature and role of assessment in CBT
6. Conduct the initial interview / first session
7. Develop understaing of case conceptualisation from a CBT perspective and the importance of behavioural and cognitive change strategies
8. Examine CBT practice with the aim of developing a mode of practice that is critically aware of oppression, empowerment and anti discriminatory practice
9. Discuss and debate ethical issues in relation to the practice of CBT.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture15Lectures, discussion and seminar groups
Clinical laboratory15CBT Skills practice
Tutorial5Tutor led formative engagement with individual students and learning groups
Independent Study90student self directed work
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Reviewing Theory, Practice and Research

Preparing for each phase of therapy
Beginning, middle and ending phases of therapy

CBT Skills
CBT micro- and macro skills

CBT Therapeutic Environment
Qualities of a therapeutic environment or climate consistent with a psychotherapeutic approach

CBT Assessment procedures

Commencing CBT practice
Initial interviewing & Conducting a first session

Core CBT competences
Contracting, note taking, tape-recording, confidentiality and risk-assessment

Case conceptualisation
Case conceptualisation from a CBT perspective

Ethical issues .
Responding to ethical issues in relation to the practice of CBT.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayWritten Assignment- Critical description of the central tenets and rationale for CBT. (2,500 words)100%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bennett-Levy, J (Editor): 2004, Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy, 1st, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England,
  • Richard House (Editor), Del Loewenthal (Editor): 0, Against and for CBT, 1st, PCCS Books, London, 1906254109
  • Branch, R. Willson, B.: 2010, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies, 2010, John Wiley & Son, London, 9780470665411
  • Kinsella, P., Garland, A.: 2008, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Mental Health Workers: A Beginner’s Guide., Routledge., London,
  • Michael J. Scott: 2009, Simply effective cognitive behaviour therapy, Routledge, London, 0415466768
  • Simmons, J., Conlon, R.: 2009, CBT for Beginners, Sage Publications Ltd, London, 1412948061
  • Judith S. Beck Phd, Aaron T. Beck MD (Foreword): 2007, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Second Edition, 2nd, The Guilford Press, London, 9781609185046
  • Beck, A.T., Emery, G. & Greenberger, R.L.: 1985, Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective., Guilford Press, New York,
  • Beck, A.T., Rush, A.J., Shaw, B.J, & Emery, G: 1976, Cognitive Therapy of Depression., Guilford Press, New York,
  • edited by Michael Bruch and Frank W. Bond; foreword by Ira Turkat: 1998, Beyond diagnosis, Wiley, Chichester, 9780471982227
  • Gilbert, P. & Leahy, R.L.: 2007, The Therapeutic Relationship in the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies, Routledge, New York,
  • Alec Grant, Michael Townend, Jem Mills, Adrian Cockx: 2009, Assessment and Case Formulation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Sage Publications Ltd, London, 9781412935074
  • Padesky, A; Greenberger,D: 1995, Mind over Mood - Clinician’s Guide., Guilford Press, New York,
  • Greenberger, D; Padesky, A: 1995, Mind over Mood - Change How you feel by Changing the way you Think, Guilford Press, New York,
  • Hawton, K., Salkovskis, P.M., Kirk, J., & Clark, D. M.: 1989, Cognitive behaviour therapy for psychiatric problems: A practical guide., Oxford University Press., Oxford,
  • Westbrook, D., Kennerly, H., Kirk, J.: 2007, An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Skills and Applications, Sage, London,
  • Jesse H. Wright, Monica R. Basco, Michael E. Thase: 2006, Learning cognitive-behavior therapy, American Psychiatric Pub., Washington, DC, 1585621536
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision26-JAN-12

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