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Postgraduate Course: Assessment and Formulation (CLPS11012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaClinical Psychology Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionIn this course students will be introduced to methods of clinical assessments, including clinical interviews and formal assessment tools such as structured interviews, standardised self-report measures and psychometric tests.

To aid the comprehension of assessment information, students will also be introduced to models of developmental psychopathology. These will provide students with a theoretical basis from which to understand what, and how, different factors contribute to the development (and maintenance) of psychological disorders in this client group.

The course will also introduce students to the concept of formulation through the provision of formulation models applicable to the client group. These will illustrate the way in which information gathered through multiple assessment processes can be integrated to provide an explanatory account of a client's presenting difficulties. Further, the use of such models will provide a platform from which to identify appropriate forms of intervention for children, young people and families.

The course will introduce students to a range of clinical problems and presentations relevant to the client group varying in severity and complexity. This will provide a knowledge base from which trainees can make informed assessments of the needs of children and young people experiencing a wide range of clinical difficulties.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Flexible, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information This programme runs from February to January. This course is taught within set blocks amounting to 10 days of teaching with approximately 6.5 hours per day.

Course Start Date 05/08/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 224, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Notes Placements run throughout the year - not just in semesters.
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:-
1) Apply "appropriate" assessment procedures, develop "appropriate" formulations, and carry out "appropriate" interventions with clients, recognizing and observing appropriate professional boundaries and standards of competence, and conducting appropriate appraisal of the impact of such procedures in service delivery systems.

2) Choose, apply and interpret a broad range of assessment methods within and appropriate to the CAMHS setting and the type of intervention that is likely to be required.

3) Demonstrate competence in the use of formal assessment procedures using standardised psychometric measures and systematic interviewing procedures.

4) Demonstrate the ability to develop formulations using a range of possible sources of information. Trainees will integrate information from assessments and other wide range of information sources to determine a coherent account of the client's needs and the cause, development and maintenance of clients' problems.
Assessment Information
Evaluation of Clinical Competency
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Course organiserMr Matthias Schwannauer
Tel: (0131 6)51 3954
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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