Colin Hughes


  • Room 06.311 - Medical Biology Centre

    United Kingdom


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I have a particular interest in the area of Self-Harm and Personality Disorders, in particular the assessment, management and ongoing treatment. I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP).  I currently have a leadership role within this professional organisation I am the 'Honorary Secretary' 2021-2023' within this I am also the Head of the BABCP's personal department.  I am also the Deputy Chair of the all Ireand and European body the Irish Association for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (IABCP).


In addition to this I provide specialist consultancy on an ongoing basis in the field of CBT for self-harm and personality disorders for the Belfast Trusts Self-Harm Team. As part of this work I provide training to students specifically Queens's students on placement and to community and statutory bodies.   I have co-authored a book in the field of Low Intensity CBT titled 'CBT for Mild to Moderate Depression and Anxiety: A Guide to Low-Intensity Interventions ' which has been well received and is currently a core text book in the Mental Health Nursing and CBT short course for CBT at Queens University.  In addition and submitted for publication I have complete a book chapter titled 'Depression for the Older Person' as part of Elseviers book Nursing Older People 5th ed for publication 2022. 

Research Statement

I have a particular intertest in Health Behaviour Change using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Facilitated Self-Help techniques.


I have taught into both undergraduate and postgraduate courses these have included:

2008/09 NMH2002 Promotion of Mental Health

2008/09 NMH2004 Mental Health Across the Lifespan

2008/09 NMH2002 The Practice of Mental Health Nursing

2008/09 NMH 2006/3006 Mental Health Problems Assoc. with complex needs.

2008/09 NMH 2006/3006 Management of patient care

2008/09 NMH2008/3008 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice

2008/09 Specialist practice CBT.

2008/09 Specialist practice Cardiac nursing

2008/09 Specialist practice child and adolescence

2008/09 Specialist practice care of the older person

2008/09 Stand alone module cognitive approaches

2008/09 Specialist practice Thorn course.

2009/10 Mental Health and Learning Disability Awareness Training

2009/10 Stand alone module supervision for psychological therapists.

2009/10 Stand alone module psychological therapies for non-mental health care workers.


2020/22 NMH2129 Vulnerability and Resilience across the lifespan

2020/22 CBP7101 Core Concepts and Skills of CBP for Depression

2020/22CBP7102 Core Concepts and skills CBP for Anxiety disorders

2020/22 CBP7103 Training Supervision

2020/22 CBP7104 CBP for Complex Disorders

2020/22 CBP7105 Training Supervision

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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  • Best Overall Stand Balmoral Show - 10th May 2023

    Healy, Maria (Recipient), Guttridge, Heather (Recipient), Hughes, Colin (Recipient), Killough, Jane (Recipient), Williamson, Becky (Recipient), Carmont, Hannah (Recipient), Mitchell, Gary (Recipient) & Porter, Shannon (Recipient), 10 May 2023

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Leading Programmes (SEDA)

    Hughes, Colin (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Queens Merit Award

    Hughes, Colin (Recipient), 12 Dec 2022

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • STAR Recognition Award

    Hughes, Colin (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)