Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression (Complex Difficulties) (403C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn and spring teaching

By the end of the module, you will have developed knowledge and skills in working with people suffering from depression in the context of complex psychological difficulties using behavioural activation, and cognitive therapy to help reduce cognitive and behavioural contributory factors in the maintenance of depression.

Throughout the module, you will gain a detailed understanding on assessment, formulation and treatment strategies as applied to individuals with these presenting difficulties. Each session will include thoeretical teaching which will provide you with an overview of the topic area. Knowledge and skills will then be grounded and consolidated through individual and small group excercises, modelling and rehearsal using case examples.

You will be encouraged to take part in practical and explorative exercises to reflect on your own psychological development of CBT and to use this to help you to deepen your understanding of these particular psychological difficulties, how they may be formulated and how treatment strategies may be used to help reduce difficulties associated with the diagnoses of Depression using Behavioural Activation and Cognitive Therapy.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 36 hours of contact time and about 114 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.