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Cognitive Behaviour Interventions


Entry requirements

Only open to Master students specialisation Clinical Psychology and research master’s students track Clinical Health Psychology having completed 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.

The practical part consists of 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, as an apprentice therapist, with applying these intervention principles/techniques.

Course objectives

  • Students acquire advanced knowledge of the theoretical background of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and specific interventions for different forms of psychological problems.

  • Students learn basic skills in applying the main cognitive-behavioural intervention techniques.

  • Students learn to reflect on their therapeutic attitude and interventions and to report on the progress and outcome of a mini-therapy.

  • Students acquire skills allowing them to apply evidence-based cognitive-behavioural interventions in a clinical psychology and health psychology setting.


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

Semester 1: Lectures Workgroups

Semester 2: Lectures Workgroups



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
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%). The exam consists of 6 open questions in English. The questions have to be answered in English.
    Learning materials for the exam: lecture slides posted on BB; selected journal articles/book chapters (to be announced later).

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

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

The date and location of the post exam consultation will be posted on blackboard (BB). In order to be able to attend this post exam consultation, an appointment needs to be made.

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

For the lectures:

Lecture slides posted on BB; selected journal articles/book chapters (to be announced later).

For the work group sessions:

Wright, J.H., Brown, G.K., Thase, M.E., & Basco, M.R. (2017). Learning cognitive-behavior therapy: an illustrated guide. American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

Contact information

Dr. Nadia Garnefski (for specialisation Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Véronique De Gucht (for specialisation Health and Medical Psychology)