This unit builds on Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies and accompanies the student's professional practice. The unit comprises in-depth knowledge of different forms and developments of cognitive behaviour therapy. Major traditions in cognitive behaviour therapy and current developments are emphasised and drawn from, such as CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy and ACT. The strengths and limitations of cognitive bahavioural therapies are critically examined. Students are given an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of these therapies as well as learning to apply practical clinical skills in their work with clients and their concerns.

Unit code: XZ9078S

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Counselling

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


identify and compare the attributes of a range of contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies


Critique the philosophical basis and therapeutic effectiveness of contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies


Integrate and apply cognitive behavioural therapeutic theories, processes and strategies in a client directed manner


Develop a case conceptualisation using a cognitive behavioural approach


Develop a cognitive behavioural intervention plan

Unit sequence

Prerequisites Admission to the Master of Counselling Co-requisites DP9076S Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum)


The unit is delivered concurrently with DZ9076S Supervised Counselling Practice Integration in a series of seminars requiring face-to-face synchronous learning in physical space or non-physical space. Seminars on the cognitive behavioural therapies include lecture material, video demonstrations, small group discussions, and tutorials.

Indicative Bibliography

Corey, G. (2020). Theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy (10th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA. Brooks/Cole.

Gehart, D. R. (2016). Theory and treatment planning in counselling and psychotherapy. (2nd edition). CENGAGE learning.

Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive-behavioural treatment of borderline personality disorder. The Guilford Press. New York.

Linehan. M. M. (2015). DBT skills training manual. The Guilford Press. New York.

Linehan. M. M. (2015). DBT skills training handouts and worksheets. The Guilford Press. New York.

McKay, M., Wood, J. C. & Brandley, J. (2007). The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & Distress Tolerance. New Harbinger Publications Inc. CA.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Critical Review - a review of cognitive behavioural therapies

critically review the cognitive behavioural therapies with particular attention to the philosophical basis and therapeutic effectiveness

2000 30.0
Case Study - cognitive behavioural treatment plans

development of cognitive behavioural case conceptualisations and treatment plans

4000 40.0
Personal & Professional Evaluation - professional practice assessment

professional practice evaluations and critical reflection

2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 12 Sep, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-10 11:30:12 +1100