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Clinical Psychology & Applications of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - PSY00011H

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Joanne Jordan
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

“Clinical Psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being using the agency of words” (BPS website). Clinical psychologists work psychotherapeutically in a range of clinical settings and with a variety of groups across the lifespan. This module will briefly introduce the student to the field of clinical psychology in general and in particular to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This will include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) applied to panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. We will then examine the use of outcome measures for monitoring the effectiveness of CBT in the clinical setting and the issues that can arise from this.

The aim of this module is to develop students’ enthusiasm for working with the range of clinical presentations encountered in the practice of clinical psychology. Chosen independently, this module will offer an initial insight into the world of clinical psychology to the student and form a basis for developing their interest further. Chosen in conjunction with the second advanced module in clinical psychology, taught in the spring term, this module prepares students for applying for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Hull University.

Clinical psychology is an applied profession underpinned by psychological science. In the field of clinical psychology self-reflection, toleration of uncertainty and empathic understanding are also important. This module will focus primarily on the psychological science but will encourage students to begin to consider and develop these additional clinical skills. As such, this module will therefore be most suited to students who are interested in both the process of developing these more reflective and flexible ways of thinking in combination with learning the academic material.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the theoretical background of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Understand the application of CBT in different clinical populations
  • Understand the basic elements of formulation
  • Understand and prepare reading around a relevant academic paper within clinical psychology and communicate their understanding and conclusions in a balanced way to the module group

Module content

  • Introduction to the Module and the profession of Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Theoretical Underpinnings
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Assessment and Formulation
  • A Cognitive Behavioural Approach to Panic Disorder
  • A Cognitive Behavioural Approach to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • A Cognitive Behavioural Approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Measurement of Effective Outcomes in CBT
  • Clinical Film, Discussion and Revision


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Clinical Psychology & Applications of Cognitive Therapy (CBT)
1.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Clinical Psychology & Applications of Cognitive Therapy (CBT)
1.5 hours 100

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision

These marks will be accompanied by module feedback circulated via e-mail.

Students will meet supervisors in wk 6 in AuT, SpT and wk 9 in SuT to discuss their marks.

Indicative reading

General Reading for 1st lecture:

Beinhart, H., Kennedy, P., &Llewelyn, S. (2009). Clinical psychology in practice. BPS Blackwell

Hall, J. & Llewelyn, S. (2006) What is clinical psychology? (4th edition). Oxford University Press.

Specific reading lists will be given in advance of each seminar on the VLE.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.