Psychological Therapies (PSYL10033)

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Psychological Therapies (PSYL10033)


To provide an overview of models of psychological therapies, and current methods of delivery.


To examine models of psychological therapy and their historical development, alongside their current delivery within a UK context. Models of psychological difficulties, and the manner in which they underpin these therapies, will be emphasised.  Consideration of the methodological difficulties in gathering evidence for psychological therapies will also be made.

Thursdays 2:10 - 4:00pm
Semester 2, Block 3
7 George Square, F21
The stepped-care and evidence-based approach to psychological therapies
17/01/2019 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
The role of formulation, and psychoanalytical and interpersonal models of therapy
24/01/2019 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
The influence and legacy of behaviourism
31/01/2019 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
A cognitive turn and the ‘third wave’
07/02/2019 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
Systemic therapies with carers and family members
14/02/2019 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the Module, students should have an understanding of:

  • The current context in which psychological therapies are delivered
  • The nature of evidence-based practice in psychological therapies
  • Psychological therapies based upon psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive models of psychological difficulties
  • The provision of systemic psychological therapies with carers and family members

Learning Methods and Resources

The course will be taught in lecture format, with slides, reading lists and learning outcomes for each lecture available at least seven days in advance.  There is no specific requirement for students to read each week’s key references beforehand, although students may wish to do so in order to support their learning. Some representative references are given below, but there will be specific reading lists for each lecture.

Main textbook

Barlow, David H. (Editor). (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Additional/ Background Reading

A-Tjak, J. G. L., Davis, M. L., Morina, N., Powers, M. B., Smits, J. a J., & Emmelkamp, P. M. G. (2014). A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Clinically Relevant Mental and Physical Health Problems. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 84, 30–36.

Allen, D. (2009). Positive behavioural support as a service system for people with challenging behaviour.  Psychiatry, 8, 408 – 412.

Hayes, S. C., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Contextual Behavioral Science: Creating a science more adequate to the challenge of the human condition. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 1, 1–16.

Kahl, K.G., Winter, L. & Schweiger, U. (2012). The third wave of cognitive behavioural therapies: what is new and what is effective? Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 25, 522 – 528.

Khatri, N., Marziali, E., Tchernikov, I. & Shepherd, N. (2014). Comparing telehealth-based and clinic-based group cognitive behavioral therapy for adults with depression and anxiety: a pilot study. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9, 765 – 770.

NHS Education Scotland. (2011). The Matrix: A guide to delivering evidence-based psychological therapies in Scotland. Edinburgh: NES. Retrieved from:

Shedler, J. (2010). The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 65, 98 – 109.

Twohig, M. P. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19(4), 499–507.

Vereenooghe, L. & Langdon, P.E.  (2013). Psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 4085 – 4102.

Wuthrich, V.M., Frei, J., Pachana, N.A. & Oude-Voshaar, R.C.  (2015)

Barriers to treatment for older adults seeking psychological therapy. International Psychogeriatrics, 2015, 27, 1227-1236.

Additional Information: 


100% examination (April/May diet, date TBC)