Module code: PSYM102

Module Overview

Experiential learning and reflective practice will be emphasised throughout the teaching and delivery of all the modules. However the trainees will attend weekly group supervision sessions during semester 1, where important aspects of therapy are discussed and reviewed in light of practice. In addition to this a number of lectures and workshops will focus on topics such as; the role of supervision, how to use supervision effectively, professional and ethical issues, and how to apply cognitive behaviour therapy to trainees own experience, to enhance therapeutic practice. 

Module provider


Module Leader

CROUCH Emma (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 100

Seminar Hours: 25

Captured Content: 25

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

The trainees need to have a practice base where they are currently working. The trainees will need to have a BABCP accredited supervisor in their workplace Trainees are required to be members of  the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  •  The role of supervision and how to use supervision effectively

  •  Experiential Learning: Cognitive and behavioural interventions and their application on trainees own      experiences.

  •  Values, culture, and diversity access

  •  Ethical and professional issues

  •  Weekly group supervision and a supervision clinic

  •  Portfolio workshop – evidencing integration of theory and practice

  •  CBT self-practice exercises

  •  CTS-R (clinical competency) self- ratings and reflective writing

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

There are no alternative forms of assessment owing to the requirements of the professional body. Each unit of assessment has to be passed

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Their ability to make use of supervision effectively and to be prepared for supervision, with both case records and supervision questions. Additionally, their ability to critically evaluate and reflect upon their application of CBT theory to practice, their therapeutic style and the use of CBT techniques on themselves both personally and professionally.

  • Safe and ethical practitioners adhering to BABCP code of practice

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A reflective account to be included in the final portfolio, focussing on their use of CBT on themselves through self-practice or evaluating the use and effectiveness of CBT supervision for their current and future practice (1500 words)

  • Assessment to be completed by beginning of March.

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Practice portfolio part 1; the trainees will be asked to complete the first part of their portfolio to include their mid placement and university supervision review reports.

  • 1 CTS-R to be presented and discussed during a supervision session.

  • A meeting with course and service supervisors to discuss progress and to update training case progress. Meetings to be held  February. 


Module aims

  • To develop an understanding of the principles underpinning reflective practice
  • To develop knowledge of organisational and professional issues, including the role and use of supervision
  • To increase awareness of diversity and difference
  • Integrate theoretical and clinical practice aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy
  • To be able to make effective use of supervision
  • Identify therapists' own beliefs and values

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 An ability to carry out psychological assessments and Cognitive Behavioural interventions with clients diagnosed with a range of Anxiety Disorders and Depression KP
002 An ability to devise a coherent Cognitive Behavioural formulation KP
003 An ability to interpret, plan and carry out treatment interventions based on detailed assessment KP
004 An ability to integrate theory with practice and pay attention to issues within the therapeutic relationship and the supervisory relationship CP
005 An ability to critically evaluate the clinical work undertaken and ability to reflect on own position in the work undertaken CP
006 Their Clinical work complies with the BABCP code of Practice KP
007 Self organisation (portfolio planning, scheduling and time management) PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop and refine therapeutic process and practice through the use of CBT supervision and supervised practice. This is regarded as central to skill development, enhancing procedural and reflective systems of learning. Participants are expected to engage in supervision of their practice using audio tapes of their client work. Participants are expected to contribute to their own and others learning using feedback and constructive criticism. CBT supervision of work-based practice will also be facilitated and quality-managed by the programme.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Supervision both course and service, lectures, portfolio workshop, class discussion, skills practice and audio recordings, tutorials and guided reading.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Other information

The module is only available to students undertaking the Psychological Intervention (CBT) PGDip.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychological Intervention (CBT) PGDip(CORE) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.