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Postgraduate Course: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People:Theory and Practice (CLPS11032)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaClinical Psychology Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course aims to equip child and adolescent mental health professionals working in the NHS with an understanding of the scientific principles underlying cognitive and behavioural interventions with children and adolescents, and the application of these in practice with a variety of presenting problems and age groups.

This course covers cognitive-behavioural models of change as they apply to children and adolescents, including principles of assessment and diagnosis. The course will provide a strong foundation in normal and atypical cognitive, social, and emotional development, and the links among these. The teaching strategy is distinctive, aiming to teach students the fundamentals of normal development alongside those of psychopathology. The course aims to be integrative in its approach, in which, for example, cognitive development is not viewed as separate from changes in affective or social development.

The main themes will be evaluation of psychological therapies for children and adolescents, application of models of cognitive development to treatment, and teaching of core behavioural and cognitive therapy methods for these age groups.

The development of clinical skills will be promoted by regular group supervision of participants' on-going cases. All participants are required to have access to a minimum of two clinical cases for the duration of the course which are suitable for the purposes of training in child CBT, and with whom the student is undertaking CBT interventions. Participants should aim to work with a range of clients (both ages and presenting difficulties), one of which will be presented as a formal case study at the end of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
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Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 70, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 126 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
* Demonstrate a full, critical and integrated understanding of the developmental and psychological theories that underlie effective CBT interventions as these are applied to some of the most common problems of childhood.
* Be familiar with, and able to critically review, the empirical evidence for the effectiveness of CBT with a number of the most common problems of childhood.
* Be proficient in conducting a functional analysis of childhood problems via the use of self-report, parental/other-report, observation, and interview methods.
* Demonstrate proficiency in providing a cognitive-behavioural formulation of the most common problems of childhood in a written format.
* Demonstrate awareness of and proficiency in the application of the most commonly used techniques associated with CBT including: normalisation of client problems, psycho-education, building a shared CBT formulation with a client, contingency management, exposure techniques, coping skills training, and cognitive restructuring in a critical case conceptualisation.
Assessment Information
One case conceptualisation of 4000-5000 words (100%)
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Course organiserDr Emily Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)50 3892
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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