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LP20620: Cognitive therapy and substance misuse

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health (administered by the Learning Partnerships Office)
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year at Action on Addiction
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: PF 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Portfolio, 2400 words (100%) (PF 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to build on students' understanding of the theory, rationale and application of Cognitive therapy to enable them to assess the evidence for the effectiveness of Cognitive behavioural approaches and to implement and integrate such models in their practice.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this unit, students will be able to:
* Analyse the key theoretical concepts underpinning Cognitive and Behavioural approaches
* Understand of the relevance of Cognitive Therapy to their particular counselling setting
* Demonstrate competence in the practical application of Cognitive Therapy derived interventions in an addictions setting, evaluating and reflecting on level attained and the need for further training.
* Demonstrate an understanding of the key research evidence for the effectiveness of the model.

Intellectual Skills
* Applying theoretical understanding to practice [T/A]
* Evaluating research evidence [T/F/A]
Professional Skills
* Creating a cognitive formulation of a client's problems [T/A]
* Applying appropriate interventions in order to assist clients maintain changes in addictive behaviours [T/F/A]
Practical Skills
* Structuring counselling sessions [T/A]
* Setting agenda and reviewing session with client [T/A]
Key Skills
* Communicating effectively with clients and colleagues [T/F]
* Preparing and producing reflective writing [F]
* Use of IT to find, communicate and manage information [F].

This unit is concerned with:
* Development of the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques required to develop a cognitive case formulation for clients presenting with problems due to substance misuse.
* Learning skills necessary to implement a CT approach including structuring the session, agenda setting, Socratic questioning and various CT tools are taught at an introductory level.
* Supporting the practical element of this module is the associated research evidence which underpins the techniques used in the above processes. Students are shown how to use this information to inform and develop their clinical practice within the workplace.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

LP20620 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes administered by the Learning Partnerships Office
  • UHHL-KFF09 : FdSc Addictions Counselling (Full-time at Action on Addiction)