Module 4: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

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MODULE 4: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Code (if known)

SHE Level

SCQF Level

Level M
Level 11

Semester & Mode of Study

Part Time

Credit Rating


Module Co-ordinator

Theresa Kelly

Module Team

Melanie Sharp, Prof. Andrew Gumley, Dr Rob Durham, Dr Andy Summers, Dr Liz Drewett, Kevin Noon, Dr Leeanne Nicklas, Fiona Switzer


Modules 1-3


Prohibited Combinations

To provide students with an overview of the main CBT theories related to low intensity anxiety and depression disorders and the application of CBT interventions appropriate to these disorders.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

Assessed in this module






Engage with and critically assess the evidence base for the use of CBT in low intensity anxiety and depression.


Diagnose, assess and interpret anxiety and depression disorders using standard diagnostic criteria and psychometric measures in clinical practice.


Drawing on evidence base, assess, plan and apply in practice a CBT programme for mild anxiety and depression.


Evaluate and critically reflect on CBT treatment for mild anxiety and depression carried out within your practice.


Critically reflect on therapeutic alliance throughout therapy.


Demonstrate application to therapy of learning gained through supervision process.

A – Knowledge and Understanding

B – Intellectual Skills

C – Practical Skills

D – Transferable Skills

Learning Experiences

The module will engage the student in the following types of learning experiences:

6 direct teaching days = 42 hours

Tutorial = 7 hours

Clinical supervision = 7 hours

Case study write up = 25 hours

Background reading/self directed study = 74-77

Tape rating and discussion = 8 hours

Direct therapy contact = 12 – 15 hours
Total = 150 hours

Assessment Pattern

Audio recording of therapy session assessed by supervisor and two independent raters. Weighting 40% L3 L4 L5

Case study (3,000 words) Review the literature on CBT for anxiety or depression and apply theory to develop a plan for therapy on a case treated in clinical practice. (Marked by two independent raters). Weighting 30% L1 L3 L4 L6

Supervisors’ assessment. Weighting 30% L2 L3 L4 L5

Can this Module be Anonymously marked? **Yes/No If No please provide an explanation.

** Supervisors assessment is not anonymous by necessity.


Models and theories in CBT for anxiety and depression

Models for guided self help for anxiety and depression and brief CBT.

Diagnostic classifications.

Therapeutic principles and alliance.

The structure, content and purpose of brief, low intensity CBT.

Communication strategies and skills

Principles of supervision.

Main Texts
Reading about self-help

Gellatly JL, Bower PJ, Hennessy S, Richards DA, GilbodyS, Lovell K. (2007). What makes self help interventions effective in the management of depressive symptoms? Meta analysis and meta regression. Psychological Medicine, 37 (9), 1217-1228

Whitfield, G., Williams, CJ. If the evidence is so good why doesn’t anyone use them? Current uses of computer-based self-help packages. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 2004, 32:1, 57-65.

Behavioural Activation

Kanter, J. Busch, A & Rusch, L. (2009). Behavioural Activation-CBT Distinctive Features series. Routlege.

Kanter, J., Manos, R., Bowe, W. et al. (2010) What is behavioural activation? A review of the empirical literature. Clinical psychology review. 30. 608-620.

Martell, C.R., Dimidjian, S., Herman-Dunn, R. (2010) Behavioural Activation: A Clinician’s Guide. Guilford Press, New York

Mazzucchelli T, Kane R, and Rees C, (2009) Behavioural Activation Treatments for Depression in Adults: A Meta-analysis and Review. Clinical Psychology Science and Practice. 16 (4) 383-411

Gilbert, P. (1997) Overcoming Depression: A self-help guide using Cognitive-Behavioural Techniques Constable Robinson, London

Scott,J. (2001) Overcoming Mood Swings Constable Robinson, London

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2010) Non-pharmaceutical management of depression in adults A national clinical guideline. Available at: Accessed on 21st September 2012

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2009) Treatment and Management of Depression in Adults. Available at: Accessed on 21st September 2012

Butler, G., Fennell, M., Hackmann, A., (2010) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders. Mastering Clinical Challenges. The Guilford Press. New York.

Wells, A. (1999) Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders. A Practice Manual and Conceptual Guide. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. England.
Panic Disorder

Barlow, D.H. and Craske M.G. (2007) Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Therapist Guide for Anxiety, Panic, and Agoraphobia (4th edition) Oxford University Press Inc, USA

Salkovskis and Clark (1991) Cognitive therapy for panic disorder Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy 5 215-226
Social Phobia

Acarturk C et al., (2009) Psychological treatment of social anxiety disorder: a meta-analysis. Psychological Medicine, 39, 241-254.

Morgan J. (2010) Autobiographical memory biases in social anxiety. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 288-297.

Schultz LT & Heimberg RG (2008) Attentional focus in social anxiety disorder: Potential for interacting processes. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 1206-1221.

Specific Phobia

Butler, G. (1989) Phobic disorders pp97-128 in K. Hawton, P.M. Salkovskis, J. Kirk and D.M. Clark Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychiatric problems: A practical guide Oxford: OUP Craske, M.G., Antony, M. and Barlow D.H. (1997) Mastery of your specific phobia: Therapist Guide New York: OUP

Other relevant details

Signed Dr. Leeanne Nicklas

Date 12/03/14

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