Module code: PSYM102

Module provider


Module Leader

CROUCH E Mrs (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 79

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

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 a recognised professional body (e.g. BABCP)

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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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

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.

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 end of February. 


Reading list

Reading list for EXPERIENTIAL, PROFESSIONAL AND REFLECTIVE PRACTICE IN CBT 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym102

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychological Intervention (CBT) PGDip 1 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 2017/8 academic year.