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Postgraduate Course: CBT Placement 1 (CLPS11082)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will focus on the development of clinical skills through practice and clinical supervision
Course description This is a 20 credit, SCQF Level 11 course offered as part of the CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) pathway of the MSc Psychological Therapies. It is delivered in the same semester as the introductory Fundamentals of CBT with Children and Young People, and in conjunction with CBT with Children and Young People in Practice. Students are required to achieve 100 hours clinical practice through work with a minimum of five clinical cases for the duration of the course which are suitable for the purposes of training in CBT, and with whom the student is undertaking CBT interventions. Participants should aim to work with a range of clients (both in terms of age and presenting difficulties). The student will provide taped evidence of clinical work which will be submitted for assessment and used in clinical supervision.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Supervision costs are not met by the University - students from outside the NHS are likely to have to pay for their supervision. Students on placement in the University's Psychological Therapies Centre will pay a bench fee to the centre for access to the centre and it's supervision facilities.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 19/09/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Feedback/Feedforward Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 100, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Three taped sessions from different stages in the assessment and treatment process (20% each)«br /»
2. Reflective Learning Log of 2000 words (40%)«br /»
3. Supervision Log demonstrating that the following has been achieved (pass/fail):«br /»
i. Minimum 100 hours direct clinical contact (up to 10 of these contacts can be through direct observation of the supervisor conducting CBT)«br /»
ii. Minimum 5 patients have been engaged in treatment (all for a minimum of 5 sessions; 3 of whom should have completed treatment)«br /»
iii) Minimum 20 hours of supervision, representing a minimum 80% supervision attendance.«br /»
4. Foundation level competency has been achieved as assessed by supervisor (pass/fail) «br /»
Students can only achieve a pass for this course when a minimum of two taped sessions achieve a pass at 50, the reflective learning log achieves a pass at 40, the supervision log evidences the above criteria has been met, and the supervisor passes the placement.
Feedback Clinical supervision (minimum 20 hours) will provide feedback on clinical practice. The student is expected to provide clinical recordings for supervision as routine practice to facilitate this feedback. This includes a minimum of 3 full recordings and 10 x 10-minute segments relating to two cases selected to demonstrate specific aspects of CBT practice.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be proficient in conducting a functional analysis of childhood problems via the use of self-report, parental/other report, observations and interview methods.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of, and proficiency in the application of the most commonly used techniques associated with CBT including: assessment, psychoeducation, structured clinical practice e.g. goal setting, homework, agenda setting, exposure techniques, cognitive restructuring and building a shared CBT formulation.
  3. Clinical practice should demonstrate a reflective understanding of developmental, systemic and contextual factors in the client's presentation
  4. Demonstrate an ability to hold a constructively critical and self-reflective stance towards CBT and one's role as a CBT therapist-in-training
Reading List
Fuggle, P., Dunsmuir, S. & Curry, V. (2013). CBT with Children, Young People & Families. London: Sage
Friedberg, R.D. & McClure, J.M. (2002). Clinical practice of cognitive therapy with children and adolescents: The nuts and bolts. New York : Guilford Press.
Kendall, P.C. (2006). Child and Adolescent Therapy: Cognitive-Behavioural Procedures. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course is part of a suite that supports graduates to be:
- creative problem solvers and researchers
- critical and reflective thinkers
- effective and influential contributors
- skilled communicators
KeywordsCBT,Children and Young People,Placement,core therapy skills,supervision
Course organiserDr Corinna Panagou
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
Course secretaryMrs Clara Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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