Cognitive-behaviour therapy is the perspective of choice when providing an introduction to psychotherapy in clinical psychology because the cognitive-behavioural perspective is consistent with the foundation principles of the scientist-practitioner model. The disorders of anxiety, depression and emotional responses to traumatic events will be reviewed because they are the most common in clinical practice and because many of the techniques used when treating anxiety and depression are also applicable to other disorders. A number of cognitive and behavioural techniques will be reviewed, along with the techniques involved in conducting an initial interview using the cognitive-behaviour perspective. Students will also need to be acquainted with the literature concerning the effectiveness of cognitive-behaviour therapy when used to treat anxiety and depression. Another aspect of the topic involves a review of considerations regarding ethical behaviour, confidentiality and professional conduct in clinical practice.
This topic aims to introduce students to the basics of cognitive-behaviour therapy in clinical practice.