Developing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills in Mental Health Practice


Developing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills in Mental Health Practice

To enable participants to reflect on the therapeutic use of Cognitive Behavioural skills and develop an ability to utilize such skills in their professional practice.

The module would be ideal for Registered Nurses; Social Workers; Counsellors and those working in disciplines allied to Mental Health Nursing/Counselling.

NP3D009 Lower Glyntaff 13 half-study days TBC

This module will explore the following topics:

  • Research-based cognitive behavioural interventions, skills, and strategies. 
  • Cognitive formulations of client’s problems.
  • Identification of dysfunctional and unhelpful cognitions which may underpin a client’s difficulties.
  • Identification and recording of automatic negative thoughts.
  • 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. 
  • Working with clients who are difficult to engage.


  • Mark James: Senior Lecturer

  • Lian Mo: Hourly Paid Lecturer

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, case discussions, and feedback on audio-taped CBT sessions. 

To apply for this course you must 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.


  • 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. 
  •  Tutor/Peer feedback of a seminar presentation of the application of CBT within their practice area 


  • Tutor assessment of an audio-taped session with a chosen client. (See appendix 5). Written consent from the client must be obtained beforehand – 20% of the theoretical credits. (Theoretical Learning Outcome 1 and 2)
  • A 3000 word assignment that will reflect on the process of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the analysis of the skills utilized within a chosen intervention – 80% of the theoretical credits. (Theoretical Learning Outcome 1 and 2)
  • Completion of the clinical learning outcomes. Practice Learning Outcomes will be assessed by the practice mentor in the Record of Achievement of Practice Learning Outcomes. (Practice Learning Outcome 1)

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 for enquiries and applications: Mark James