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Postgraduate Course: Evidence Based Psychological Interventions (CLPS11033)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all 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 descriptionThe need to train more front line professionals in evidence-based approaches to enhance children's mental health and psychological well-being is a high level policy priority of both the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Children, Schools & Families (DCSF). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been identified as one of the most evidence-based interventions available currently and is a priority area for increased training provision. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder all recommend CBT and other psychological interventions as a key treatment of choice.

This course will provide training in evidence-based interventions to promote psychological wellbeing in children and young people. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of cognitive behavioural, interpersonal and family based approaches, their strengths and limitations and how they can be adapted to work with young people, drawing on systemic and other approaches.

The course will also provide teaching on methodologies of service evaluation and trial evidence as well as training around the critical appraisal of clinical research. This will include some teaching on quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in clinical treatment research and how to interpret such findings.

This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and theoretical understanding of effective, evaluated interventions for children and young people experiencing a range of difficulties with social and emotional aspects of their development. Crucially, participants are encouraged to take an outcomes-based approach in ascertaining the interventions most appropriate to promote psychological wellbeing. We also aim to develop participants' skills in evaluating the impact of their own work in order to be able to reflect on and modify practice in future. The course will facilitate a forum for developing and sharing creative and flexible practice with colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
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Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
* Demonstrate a full, critical and integrated understanding of the developmental and psychological theories that underlie effective psychological interventions as these are applied to some of the most common problems of childhood.
* Be familiar with, and able to critically review, the empirical evidence for the effectiveness of psychological interventions with a number of the most common problems of childhood.
* Demonstrate a flexible and critical understanding of child development that allows for adaptation of the widely used psychological therapy techniques and applications for use with children of different ages and abilities.
* Understand a range of methodologies used in clinical treatment research and demonstrate skills in critical appraisal of the evidence for psychological therapies.
Assessment Information
One course essay of 4000-5000 words (100%)
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Course organiserDr Thomas Hacker
Tel: (0131 6)51 3982
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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