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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Models: Behavioural Activation for Depression MH6136

Course Fact File
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
QualificationsCPD Module
Fees€400 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateClosed for applications


Start DateTBC


Module Objective: This module aims to give students an introduction to the Behavioural Activation model of CBT models used when working with people experiencing depression including severe depression.

Module Content: An introduction to simple Behavioural Activation to include consideration of underpinning principles and research into efficacy of various CBT approaches to depression. Consideration will be given to obstacles in simple behavioural activation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Interpret the evidence base for cognitive and behavioural treatment approaches for depression.
  • Assess patients with depression, taking into account clinical manifestations, co-morbidity, past history, present life situation, course and outcome of depression in suitability for BA, being able to give a clear rationale for all clinical decision making.
  • Apply and give a rationale for their choice of a cognitive or behavioural approach to treat depression.
  • Demonstrate an insightful knowledge of BA and an ability to identify their own values and beliefs in working with depression and the application of BA to their own lives.
  • Sensitively adapt BA for depression and ensure equitable access for people from diverse cultures and with different values.
  • Appraise clinical research to judge the quality of information underpinning a BA approach in depression with and without comorbidity.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 20hr(s) Lectures (Group Discussion/Workshops/skills practice); 80hr(s) Other (Self-directed Learning).

Orientation Semester II 3rd January 2023

 Runs from 13th March to 27th March 2023 9.30 a.m.  to 4.30 p.m.


20hr(s) Lectures (Group Discussion/Workshops/skills practice); 80hr(s) Other (Self-directed Learning).

Why Choose

Skills and Careers Information

This module is linked to PG CBT Programmes. 




This module will be open to all disciplines including mental health nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health OT’s, Social Workers etc.

Applicants for MH6136 must be practising Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists with evidence of a core qualification and registration with their relevant body eg NMBI. Applicants must have completed a postgraduate course (NFQ Level 9) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 

Fees and Costs

  • €400 Module Fee
  • €35 Application Fee

How To Apply

Applications closed.



To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  

  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.