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Case Formulation Modules of the Diploma in CBT

A CBT case formulation is “…a hypothesis about the nature of the psychological difficulty (or difficulties) underlying the problems on the patient’s problem list” (Persons, 1989) explaining such problems in both Maintenance and Developmental terms and incorporating both cognitive and developmental factors. 

It “guides and structures the course of treatment by unifying and prioritising symptoms, influencing the choice and timing of interventions, and predicting possible problems. The cognitive case formulation approach is open to disconfirmation, grounded in empirical research, parsimonious, and readily understandable by clients”

Case Formulation Modules are part of the Diploma’s self-directed learning components.

First of all, the Diploma contains a separate Case Formulation Module which provides a useful underpinning and support to these self-directed components, along with a number of illustrative examples and practice opportunities. It is highly advisable that the students attend this module as close to the beginning of their Diploma course as possible as the skills obtained in this training will be essential for completion of the individual problem-based case formulation sub-modules (see below).

As part of demonstration by students of understanding and evidencing of the practical application of taught CBT skills and theory, there are 14 case formulation sub-modules which are available for students to complete and submit to SDS tutors for assessment and feedback. These are all problem based and map onto a number of the taught modules in the Diploma.

There are two case formulations (per each Case Formulation Sub-Module) required to be completed by the student. The student will be provided with two case studies which will be the information source for the case formulations.

The formulations will need to be submitted in written diagrammatic form (typically one A4 diagram per case) along with a proposed treatment structure based on the formulation. These are then submitted by email to SDS tutors for feedback.

A simple pass/fail assessment is attached by the tutor to each submitted module. In the event of a “Pass”, the requisite allocated hours are added to the student’s accumulative log. In the event of a “Fail”, detailed feedback is provided along with the opportunity for up to three further submissions within the module fee. Qualitative feedback should be reflected on and incorporated into the student’s practice in both Pass and Fail instances.

Regular Price: £72 + VAT* (£86.40).
* VAT is not charged for delegates whose address is outside the EU.
Please note that from 1 September 2015 all Case Formulations on a particular topic will have to be submitted within 2 months of the corresponding course. Otherwise their price will be doubled.

Case Formulation Sub-Module:
You can submit a post-course assignment (case formulation) that carries 4 CPD training hours (optional).

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CBT Diploma: Useful Links

Case Formulation Module

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CBT Diploma Modules
CBT: Introductory Course
(3 days course)
Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre.
Case Formulation
(Online Course)
Behavioural Experiments
(1 day course)
Working with Depression
(1 day course)
Working with Phobias
(1 day course)
CBT for Couples or
Working with Psychosis
(2 days course)
Working with PTSD
(2 days course)
Using CBT Supervision
(Online Course)
Running CBT Groups
(Online Course)
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