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Course module: 202200077
Positive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Course info
Course module202200077
Credits (ECTS)7
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondrs. S.F. de Vries
dr. Y.P.M.J. Derks
G.J. Nieuwenhuis
drs. S.F. de Vries
Contactperson for the course
drs. S.F. de Vries
Academic year2022
Starting block
1B/  2B
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After the course students have knowledge about
  • Indications for two types of psychotherapy: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and positive cognitive behavioural therapy (PCBT).
  • The principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, i.e. classical conditioning and operant conditioning; and of applying positive psychology in psychotherapy.
  • Essential cognitive behavioural principles interventions and specific techniques and skills, such as a behavioural experiment and cognitive restructuring.
  • Principles, interventions and cognitive behavioural techniques and skills from a positive psychology framework.
  • Implementing positive psychological interventions within CBT
After the course students are able to 
  • Design a positive behavioural treatment process (analysis, intervention, evaluation) according to the behavioural empirical cycle collaboratively with a client who has a basic singular mental healthcare complaint.
  • Analyze a basic healthcare complaint using a case conceptualization in a session with a client.
  • Justify a choice of treatment using theoretical principles underlying positive cognitive behavioural therapy and based on the client's request for help and their complaint.
  • Apply several cognitive behavioural interventions containing a rationale, an intervention and homework with a client during a therapy session.
  • Apply several positive psychological interventions (PPI’s) containing a rationale, an intervention and homework during a therapy session with a client.
  • Collaboratively evaluate a concluded treatment with a summary of a client’s behaviours by which the therapeutic goal was reached or an analysis and further interventions when the therapeutic goal wasn’t' reached.
  • Apply a therapeutic attitude and display behaviour that matches the given intervention (CBT or PPI) and the client's needs in a therapy session.
  • Define their own strengths and improvement points by reflecting on how their own thoughts, feelings and actions influenced the therapeutic process.
  • Build on their own experience both as a client and a therapist in personal online therapy to optimally support the therapeutic process of a (future) client.

‘Positive Behavioural Therapy’ encompasses knowledge and skills about the field of psychotherapy, specifically (brief) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and positive psychology. CBT is a general form of psychotherapy directed at changing condition-related cognitions and behaviours. Recently, growing evidence has shown the effectiveness of positive psychology interventions as a complementary approach in mental health promotion and treatment. The main focus of positive psychology is to enhance well-being, happiness and human flourishing.
In this course students learn the principles of (brief) behaviour therapy, different theoretical behaviour models, and behaviour techniques and strategies that underline these different therapies. Students learn to apply these techniques and strategies in clinical practice. Students also learn to make (cognitive) case conceptualisations of psychopathology, and apply their interventions accordingly. The course involves skills in counselling, behavioural strategies, specific therapeutic interventions, and learn to apply these from a positive psychology framework.

Remarks assessment:
(Oral) assessment (50% of the final grade), written exam with open questions (30% of the final grade), a self-reflection report (20% of the final grade).
Assumed previous knowledge
De UT bachelor or pre-master Psychology has to be obtained, including the module Mental Health
Participating study
Master Psychology
Required materials
Fredrike Bannink (2012). Practicing Positive CBT. From reducing distress to building success. West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-119-95269-5
H. Kennerly, J. Kirk & D. Westbrook (2017). An introduction to cognitive behavior therapy. Skills & applications. 3rd edition. London: Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1-4739-6258-3 (pbk)
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