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Cognitive Behaviour Interventions


Entry requirements

Only open to master’s students in Psychology with specialisation Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology, having participated in the MSc course Basic Therapeutic Skills.


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 Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 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 intervention principles/techniques, such as case formulation, exposure, response prevention, and 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 intervention principles/techniques, as an apprentice therapist, with one of their fellow students.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of the theoretical background of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and specific interventions for different forms of psychopathology;

  • Learn basic skills in applying the main cognitive-behavioural interventions; and

  • Be able to reflect on their therapeutic attitude and interventions and to report on the assessment, progress and outcome of a mini-therapy.


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

Semester 1:

Semester 2:



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


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

  • 4 2-hour lectures + 1 Q&A lecture.

  • 7 3-hour supervised seminars/work group sessions

  • 7 2-hour (unsupervised) work group sessions

Attendance is mandatory for all work group sessions.

Assessment method

The final grade is based on:

  • A grade for the written exam, consisting of essay questions (50%), and

  • A grade for the work group part, which will be determined on the basis of the final report of the mini therapy, active participation in the work group sessions, and the quality of the weekly assignments (50%).

To pass the course, students have to pass both the exam and the work group.

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

For the lectures:

  • O’Donohue,W.T. and Fisher, J.E. (2012). Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Core Principles for Practice. Publisher: Wiley & sons, Inc. (selected chapters).

  • The lecture slides as posted on Blackboard.

  • Additional literature as posted on Blackboard.

For the work group sessions:

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

Contact information

Dr. Nadia Garnefski (for specialisation Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Véronique De Gucht (for specialisation Health Psychology)