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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Young People


Entry requirements

  • Only open to Master students specialisation Child and Adolescent Psychology and research master’s students track Developmental Psychology

  • Completion of the course is necessary to start with the CBT+ component of 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. Synthesize scientific and practical literature (relevant for both scientists and practitioners)..


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

Lectures Work group sessions



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

Mode of instruction

  • 6 2-hour lectures introducing the theory and principles of cognitive-behaviour therapy with young people.

  • 6 3-hour work group 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); the first assignment is worth 9% of the overall mark for the course; the other eight assignments are each worth 8.25% of the overall mark for the course.

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

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

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.

  • McLachlan, N.H., Eastwood, L., & Friedberg, R.D. (2016). Socratic questions with children: Recommendations and cautionary tales. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30, 105-119.

  • 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.

Contact information

Dr. David Heyne