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Adapting Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to Improve Access to Psychological Therapies

This module introduces you to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, implemented across England from 2008. The programme sought to address a significant problem in the provision of psychological therapies within England, but is a challenge experienced in many parts of the world. That is, limited access to ‘evidence-based psychological therapies’ for the treatment of ‘high-prevalence’ or ‘common’ mental health problems, often resulting in very long waiting times and difficulties concerning the acceptability of treatments being offered, or in meeting the needs of people with some feature of diversity.

The module is also designed to provide you with knowledge concerning the presentation of common mental health difficulties and equip you with a theoretical understanding of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Further, the module provides you with a critical appreciation as to how the organisation of mental health service delivery, development of a new mental health workforce and implementation of low-intensity CBT is being used to address problems regarding the availability of evidence based psychological therapies and excessive waiting times.

To ensure equity of access for all groups in society there is also an emphasis throughout the module on several key principles surrounding diversity and adaptations to psychological therapy practice that may be required to ensure the specific needs and preferences of a range of patient groups are met, such as children and young adults.

Whilst addressing many of the theoretical issues surrounding the area of psychological therapies, diversity and evidence-based practice, the module is also rooted in clinical practice. This is enhanced by many of the teaching team being experienced psychological therapists and/or researchers in psychological therapies which informs the module assessment. In groups you are asked to develop a ‘patient’ information leaflet on mental health issues affecting an international student population.

Further, the module is enhanced with interactive activity based group learning sessions throughout. These sessions help you apply the theoretical knowledge gained through lectures and seminars. Through activity based learning, you also begin to gain an appreciation of some of the clinical skills used by low-intensity CBT practitioners, for example, low-intensity CBT assessment and motivational interviewing techniques.


Module at a Glance

Module Title Adapting Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Improve Access to Psychological Therapies
Module Code ISS3011
Module Convenor TBC
Credit Value 7.5 ECTS
Scheduled Teaching 24 x 2 Hour Sessions
Total Module Hours 150 Hours
Guided Independent Study

Pre-reading prior to arrival

Preparatory reading for lectures and seminars

Researching, preparing and delivering a presentation

Researching, preparing and presenting a Patient Information Booklet

Formative Assessment

Presentation - 15 Minutes - Oral Feedback

Plan for Patient Information Booklet - 200 words - oral feedback

Summative Assessment

Patient Information Booklet - 650 Words - 50% of credit - written feedback

Group Presentation - 30 Minutes - 50% of credit - oral and written feedback

Sample Pre Reading

Bennet-Levy, J., Richards , D., Farrand, P., Christensen, H., Griffiths, K., Kavanagh, D., Klein, B., Lau, M.A., Proudfoot, J., Ritterband, L., White, J., Williams, C., (eds.) Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sample Lecture Sessions

Common models of mental health service delivery across the world and problems with the 'treatment gap'

How can low intensity CBT increase access and accommodate diversity

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Find out more about our Adapting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course from Alistair Gilbert, one of the academics teaching on the course.

"The International Summer School provided me with a unique experience wherein I was able to gain in-depth knowledge about a field in which I am passionate, while simultaneously interacting with people and their views from around the world. This has enabled me to look at problems with a more open mind."

Dominique, American University, USA