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Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions


Admission requirements

Students have passed the MSc course Basic Therapeutic Skills. Only open to Master students Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology.


This course consists of a theoretical and a practical part, which will be given simultaneously. The more theoretical part consists of lectures on general aspects of cognitive-behaviour therapy and specific interventions for different forms of psychopathology and psychological consequences of chronic disease. In small group sessions running parallel to these lectures, students will be taught basic cognitive-behavioural interventions, such as:

  • case formulation

  • exposure

  • response prevention

  • identifying, challenging and modifying negative thoughts and attitudes
    During part of these practice sessions students will work independently. Students have to write a paper on their experiences with applying these interventions as an apprentice therapist with one of their fellow students.

Course objectives

The main objectives of this course are:

  • Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the theoretical background of cognitive-behavioural therapy and specific interventions for different forms of psychopathology

  • Students will learn basic skills in applying the main cognitive-behavioural interventions

  • Students will be taught to reflect on their therapeutic attitude and interventions and to report on the assessment, progress and outcome of a mini-therapy


Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures, training sessions, practical exercises, mini therapy.

  • Lectures in English and workshops/papers in English or Dutch

Assessment method

Students will get a mark for the work groups and a mark for the exam; they have to pass both the work groups and the exam. The final mark for the course will be: (the mark for the work groups + the mark for the exam)/2.

  • Exam: There will be an essay examination on selected chapters of the Clark and Fairburn book and the lecture slides posted on Blackboard. Additional information about the exam will be given during the Questions & Answers lecture.

  • Work groups: The mark for the work groups will be determined on the basis of the final report of the mini therapy, active participation in the work groups, and the quality of the assignments.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


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Reading list


  • Clark, D.M. Fairburn, C.G. (1996). Science and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Wright, J.H., Basco, M.R., Thase, M.E. (2006). Learning cognitive-behavior therapy. Washington: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place in 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place in 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

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