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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for People with Anxiety & Long Term Conditions - HEA00068M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: GSL503
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

The impact of living with a long term condition is being increasingly recognised in the Transforming Community Services programme (Department of Health 2011). There is a developing emphasis on helping people with long term conditions (LTC) such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and cancer to manage the psychological and practical consequences of their illness. This module will enable students to help people with LTCs to be as independent as possible and in control of their lives (up to and including the end of life). Long term conditions include both physical and psychological factors, which can actually lead to stress and anxiety.

The aim of this module is to develop students competency in applying a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework for anxiety in common physical and psychological health problems. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate the theoretical underpinnings for using a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework with stress and anxiety in common physical and psychological health problems relating it to their practice context. The purpose is to enable students to develop a systematic understanding of an individual experiences living with a long term condition and gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of CBT in enabling people with LTCs who experience anxiety problems to be as independent as possible and in control of their lives (up to and including the end of life). Students will be encouraged to work with individuals to apply and critically evaluate the impact of CBT with anxiety and stress upon this population based upon analysis of their own practice and critical appraisal of the evidence base.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Determine the phenomenology, diagnostic classification and characteristics of anxiety disorders in common physical and psychological health presentations.
  2. Appraise suitability factors for undertaking a cognitive behavioural approach with anxiety in common physical and psychological health problems, including contra-indications for treatment, the role of pharmacological interventions, substance misuse, and co-morbidity.
  3. Utilise and critique CBT clinical processes for the assessment, formulation and treatment of anxiety in people with common physical and psychological health problems.
  4. Explain the role of the therapeutic relationship in CBT when working with individuals presenting with anxiety in common physical and psychological health problems.
  5. Critically appraise theory and development of cognitive and behavioural models for anxiety in common physical and psychological problems.
  6. Critically appraise relevant clinical trials and outcome studies in anxiety disorders in common physical and psychological health problems.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Case study
N/A 100
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Treatment DVD
N/A 0

Special assessment rules

Non-compensatable

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Case study
N/A 100
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Treatment DVD
N/A 0

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Butler, G., Fennell, M. and Hackmann, A. (2008). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: Mastering Clinical Challenges. London: Guilford Press.
  • Clark, D.M. and Salkovskis, P.M. Panic disorder. To appear in K. Hawton, P.M. Salkovskis, J. Kirk, and D.M. Clark. (Eds.). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: A Practical Guide. 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Cullum, N., Ciliska, D., Haynes, R.B. and Marks, S. (2008). Evidence-based Nursing: An Introduction. London: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Department of Health (2011). Delivering better mental health outcomes for people of all ages. London: HMSO.
  • Greenhalgh, T. (2010). How to read a paper. The basics of evidence based medicine. 4th edn. London: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Sage, N., Sowden, M., Chorlton, E. and Edeleanu, A. (2008). CBT for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care: A workbook and Toolkit. Chichester: Wiley and Sons.
  • Wilkinson, A. Meares, K. and Freeston, K. (2011). CBT for Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Chapter 2. London: Sage.
  • Zonneveld, L.N.L., Duivenvoorden, H.J., Passchier, J. and van't Spiker, A. (2010). Tailoring a Cognitive Behavioural Model for Unexplained Physical Symptoms to Patients Perspective: A Bottom-Up Approach. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 17, 528-535.
  • http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/TCS/Abouttheprogramme/index.htm

Other specific texts will be recommended by lecturers in relation to specific sessions.



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