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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Young People


Entry requirements

  • Master’s students in Psychology with specialisation Child and Adolescent Psychology.

  • Completion of the course is necessary to start with the Internal Practical Internship.


The lecture series promotes students’ knowledge of key components of CBT with young people, especially the process of conducting cognitive therapy. The corresponding workgroup sessions make use of demonstrations, supervised skills practice, and discussion, to promote students’ acquisition of the CBT skills presented during the lectures. Some workgroups are mixed, fostering an educational environment in which Dutch and International students can also learn from each other. In between the workgroup sessions, students conduct meetings with an adolescent to gain additional practice of the skills (students are expected to find a suitable young person with whom they can practice the skills; relevant information is provided on Blackboard prior to commencement of the course). Students prepare for the meetings with the adolescent via the preparation of theoretical assignments. They reflect upon their use of CBT skills via the preparation of practical assignments and during discussion in the workgroup sessions. Throughout the course emphasis is placed upon recent literature addressing both the theory and practice of CBT.

Course objectives

On completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Describe the cognitive-behavioural model of behaviour change;
2. Explain how and why cognitive and behavioural interventions are applied in a developmentally-sensitive way with young people;
3. Specify 4 main targets of assessment in cognitive therapy;
4. Specify at least 10 methods to detect young people’s cognitions;
5. Specify at least 4 factors used to determine which cognition to modify;
6. Specify at least 5 methods for modifying the unhelpful cognition of young people;
7. Build a working relationship with a young person;
8. Help a young person understand what cognitive therapy is and how it works;
9. Engage an adolescent in the collaborative detection of helpful and unhelpful cognition;
10. Engage an adolescent in the collaborative modification of unhelpful cognition;
11. Engage an adolescent in the practice of helpful cognition; and
12. Identify one’s own ‘strengths and soft-spots’ in working with young people and helping them detect and discredit unhelpful cognition.


For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Psychology timetables

Semester 2:



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration

Mode of instruction

  • 6 lectures introducing the theory and principles of cognitive-behaviour therapy with young people.

  • 6 workgroup sessions facilitating training in the application of cognitive and behavioural techniques.

The total work load of the course is:

  • 12 hours lectures

  • 18 hours workgroup sessions

  • 30 hours preparation for lectures and workgroup sessions

  • 5 hours meetings with a young person

  • 10 hours preparing for meetings with a young person

  • 65 hours assignments

Assessment method

  • 9 work group assignments (5 practical and 4 theoretical assignments; 75% of final mark)

  • Active participation in work group sessions (25% of final mark)

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list


  • Graham, P.J., & Reynolds, A. (2013). Cognitive behaviour therapy for children and families. (3rd ed.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Approximately one-half of the text is prescribed reading.]

Readings available via Blackboard. Exemplary literature includes:

  • Bares, C.B. (2011). Emerging metacognitive processes during childhood: Implications for intervention development with children. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 28, 291-299.

  • Clark, G.I., & Egan, S.J. (2015). The Socratic Method in cognitive behavioural therapy: A narrative review. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 863-879.

  • Creed, T.A., Reisweber, J., & Beck, A.T. (2011). Cognitive therapy for adolescents in school settings. London: The Guilford Press.

  • Friedberg, R.D., & Brelsford, G.M. (2011). Core principles in
    cognitive therapy with youth. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 20, 369-378.

  • Friedberg, R.D., & Wilt, L.H. (2010). Metaphors and stories in cognitive behavioral therapy with children. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 28, 100-113.

  • Kendall, P. (2012). Child and adolescent therapy: Cognitive-behavioral procedures. London: The Guilford Press.

  • Kendall, P., Barmish, A. J. (2007). Show-That-I-Can (homework) in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxious youth: Individualizing homework for Robert. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 14, 289-296.

  • Maric, M., Heyne, D., Van Widenfelt, B. M., & Westenberg, P. M. (2011). Distorted cognitive processing in youth: The structure of negative cognitive errors and their associations with anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35, 11-20.

  • Sauter, F., Heyne, D., & Westenberg, P. M. (2009). Cognitive behavior therapy for anxious adolescents: Developmental influences on treatment design and delivery. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 12, 310-335.

  • Shannon, J. (2012). The shyness and social anxiety workbook for teens: CBT and ACT skills to help you build social confidence. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

  • Stallard, P. (2009). Anxiety: Cognitive behaviour therapy with children and young people. London: Routledge.

  • Suveg, C., Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., & Kendall, P.C. (2006). Adapting manualized CBT for a cognitively delayed child with multiple anxiety disorders. Clinical Case Studies, 5, 488-510.

Contact information

Dr. David Heyne