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Unit information: Anxiety Management in 2021/22

Unit name Anxiety Management
Unit code ORDSM0028
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Waylen
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This Unit of Teaching will take place as an optional unit as part of a modular distance learning programme. The programme will allow students to build certificate, diploma or masters level qualifications by combining optional 20 credit units.

The unit of anxiety management has the following four elements and their general aims are:

Element 1. Cognitive Models of Anxiety

  • To review and update the students’ knowledge and critical understanding of cognitive models of anxiety

Element 2. Cognitive Therapy

  • To provide students with a knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical framework that underpins Cognitive Therapy (including self-help and behavioural approaches) and of interventions for dental anxiety across the lifecourse

Element 3. Managing the Dentally Anxious or Phobic Patient

  • To facilitate knowledge and understanding of cognitive therapies with respect to assessment and selection of patients
  • To ensure familiarity with the application of cognitive therapy in clinical contexts.

Intended learning outcomes

That students will be able to describe anxiety disorders in children, adolescents and adults and demonstrate that they can critically evaluate this literature

That students will review and evaluate a variety of different Cognitive Therapies including self-help and relaxation techniques, behavior management and hypnosis

That students will be able to critically assess the contribution of cognitive therapy research to the development of clinical practice

That students will be able to demonstrate principles of good assessment regarding the appropriateness of Cognitive Therapies for specific patients and be competent in their ability to select such patients

That students will be familiar with the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies and the development of collaborative patient-clinician relationships

Teaching details

Teaching will use a blended learning approach delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students will be expected to engage with all learning.

A range of teaching are used in the unit including:

  • Self directed CAL sessions
  • Seminars with videos
  • Webinar presentations
  • Reflecting writing

Assessment Details

This Unit will have the following summative assessments: - 1. Two written assignments, each will count for 30% of the final unit mark (60%) 2. Final written examination (Multiple Short Answer paper) of two hour's duration (40%) All assessments must be passed ≥ 50% and there is no compensation between the individual assessments.


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