Advanced Skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Advanced Skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This module aims to enable students to develop and enhance their skills in the assessment and formulation of a clients mental health problems within a cognitive behavioural framework. It will enable students to develop the skills required to practise cognitive behavioural therapy with clients with a range of mental health problems.

If you are a registered nurse, social worker, counsellor, or work in disciplines allied to Mental Health Nursing/Counselling, then this course could be great for you to help expand your skills and knowledge.

NP3D025 Lower Glyntaff 13 half-study days TBC

This module will explore:

  • The scientific and theoretical underpinnings of cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of mental health disorders.
  • Collaborative case conceptualisation within cognitive behavioural therapy including the identification of underlying assumptions and core beliefs. 
  • The development and maintenance of the therapeutic alliance.
  • The efficacy of combined cognitive behavioural approaches for a range of mental health disorders.
  • Integration of skills from other therapeutic perspectives.
  • Identification of dysfunctional and unhelpful cognitions which may underpin a client’s difficulties.
  • Suitability for therapy.
  • The facilitation of appropriate change.
  • Strategies for challenging unhelpful thoughts/beliefs.
  • Specific interventions for identified clients groups, for example, individuals experiencing difficulties such as depression, anxiety, thought disorder, hallucinations etc. 
  • Supervision in cognitive therapy.
  • Recent developments in cognitive behavioural therapy…. eg Mindfulness, compassion-focussed therapy etc.
  • Research in cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Schema-focussed cognitive behaviour therapy.

The module will be developed following the principles of andragogy, using a range of teaching strategies. These will be structured and semi-structured. The emphasis will be on creating an environment in which self-directed learning can take place. 

There will be lessons, tutorials, role-play, seminar presentations, and case discussions.   

You will need to be a Registered Nurse or equivalent.

It is envisaged that students will have an understanding of interpersonal and counselling skills, although a formal counselling qualification is not necessary.

Students should have also either undertaking the module: Developing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills in Clinical Practice or equivalent study/practice..


  • Keeping a reflective journal. This will be a personal document and it will be the students’ choice whether to submit/use it to inform developmental discussions. 


  • Presentation of a client case. The presentation will include a client profile, clinical formulation and treatment plan – 20% of theoretical credits. This assessment addresses theoretical learning outcome 1.

  • A 3000-word assignment that will critically reflect, synthesise and analyse the delivery of evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy with a client with a specified mental health problem – 80% of theoretical credits. This assessment addresses theoretical learning outcome 2.

  • Completion of the clinical learning outcomes. Clinical Learning Outcomes will be assessed by the student’s mentor in the Record of Achievement of Clinical Learning Outcomes.(Practice Outcomes 1 and 2 -100%)

Each student will be allocated a Personal Tutor and Academic Supervisor for the module.

Access to Student Advice and associated support services

 All campus based and remote learning resources will be offered.

Interested in applying?

 Contact Mark James for enquiries and applications.