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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is a core course for the PGCert cyCBT and an option course for the PGCert Psychological Interventions for Children and Young People. Students completing either PGCert have the option to continue on to the MSc in Children and Young People┐s Mental Health and Psychological Practice.

This course aims to equip child and adolescent mental health professionals working in the NHS and related settings with an understanding of the scientific principles underlying cognitive and behavioural interventions with children and adolescents, and the application of these in practice with children and adolescents experiencing difficulties with anxiety and depression.

This course covers cognitive-behavioural models of change as they apply to children and adolescents, including principles of assessment and formulation. The course will provide a review of 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 viewed within the context of changes in affective or social development.

The main themes will be evaluation of CBT 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.

Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements 1. Have a relevant core professional training, to degree level or equivalent (reaching SCQF level 9). Where an applicant┐s undergraduate degree does not meet the level stated above they may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director so long as they meet the relevant professional training requirements.
2. Substantial current, or recent, work experience with children and young people in mental health settings. This should provide clinically relevant experience which may be acquired in statutory, third sector or private organisations.
3. For applicants whose first language is not English, documentary evidence of competence in both written and spoken English must be provided. The IELTS level for this programme is: IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.5 in each section).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 29/09/2014
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Online Activities 10, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 144 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment of a role-play, leading to Summative Assessment of one case conceptualisation of approx. 4000 words (100%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical and integrated understanding of the developmental and psychological theories that underlie effective CBT interventions as these are applied to anxiety and depression based problems in childhood.

  2. Demonstrate awareness of and critical reflection on the evidence-base for CBT with children and young people and its implementation in practice.
Reading List
Manassis, K. (2009). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Children: A Guide for the Community Practitioner. East Sussex: Routledge
Stallard, P. (2008). Anxiety: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Young People. East Sussex: Routledge.
Stallard, P. (2002). Think Good - Feel Good: A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook for Children and Young People. Chichester: Wiley.
Verduyn, C., Rogers, J. & Wood, A. (2009). Depression: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Young People. East Sussex: Routledge
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 8 Full-day workshops delivered in two blocks. Supplementary and preparatory work is conducted online.
KeywordsCBT children adolescents therapy
Course organiserDr Emily Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)50 3892
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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