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Postgraduate Course: CBT with Complex Presentations (CLPS11088)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to deliver CBT to children and young people experiencing complex mental health problems including trauma (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and autism.
Course description Through a series of workshops, and regular online tasks, students will be introduced to the core elements of CBT as they are applied to complex presentations, including formulation and re-formulation, engaging young people in a change strategy, and developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship in the context of interpersonal difficulties.

Students will explore complex formulation, working therapeutically in the context of attachment-based interpersonal difficulties, and using CBT systemically.

Assessment on this course will contribute towards a portfolio that can be submitted for accreditation with British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 36, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two case studies of approximately 2000 words (50% for each case study)
Feedback During class-time, students will receive peer and tutor feedback on role-plays demonstrating core CBT competencies.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be proficient in conducting, and critically appraising, a functional analysis of complex disorders in children and young people via the use of self-report, parental/ other report, observations and interview methods.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of and proficiency in providing cognitive behavioural formulation and re-formulation of complex disorders in children and young people in a written format.
  3. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of theoretical models of CBT as applied to complex disorders.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the developmental and systemic perspective of the child/young person and its relationship with their presenting problem.
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.

Graham, P. (2005). Cognitive behaviour therapy for children and families (2nd ed). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kazdin, A. & Weisz, J. (2003). Evidenced┬┐Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents. 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,therapy skills
Course organiserProf Elizabeth Gilchrist
Tel: (0131 6)51 3982
Course secretaryMrs Clara Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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