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Postgraduate Course: Adult Mental Health - Clinical Placement (CLPS12002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaClinical Psychology Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionAll first year DClinPsychol trainees must undertake a mandatory core placement in working with adults of working age experiencing psychological disorders. These placements are frequently within NHS adult psychology services, though a wide range of other service settings may be encountered, such as community mental health teams, in patient mental health settings or other services for people with psychological disorder. Trainees will gather experience of engagement, assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation across a range of psychological disorders, typically including, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and the effects of trauma. Trainees will be expected to use and develop a significant range of the practical and conceptual skills associated with working as a psychologist in adult mental health services. As is typical of psychological intervention, trainees will be expected to deal with complex issues and make informed judgements, considering multiple sources of information, which may sometimes be incomplete. Trainees will be expected to form appropriate professional relationships with colleagues and clients / patients. Trainees will be expected to work from a professional code of ethics and to interpret and apply this, Trainees will also be expected to work from the evidence base, using practices based on research evidence and to engage in reflection through regular supervision of practice.
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 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 01/10/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Feedback/Feedforward Hours 23, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Placement Study Abroad Hours 588, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Notes Dependant on teaching and Thesis
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the adult mental health placement trainees will be able to:
- Assess, formulate, evaluate and solve typical clinical problems presenting in adult mental health settings, using a range of psychological theories and knowledge, and drawing on a variety of models of psychological therapies and intervention
- Evaluate the efficacy of treatments and work within a framework of evidence based practice, drawing from and developing the professional knowledge base
- Adopt both direct and indirect modes of intervention to improve and support psychological aspects of health and social care
- Communicate effectively with staff from other disciplines and work within multi-disciplinary teams.
- Build effective alliances with individuals (including staff, clients and carers) from a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds
- Demonstrate high standards of conduct and ethical behaviour consistent with recognised guidelines for professional practice
- Have a deep understanding of the social context within which psychological problems may develop, and how environments may be modified to ameliorate problems
- Have a critical overview of the policy, legislative and planning contexts of the services in which clinical practice is undertaken
- Understand the need for regular evaluation of their work, be skilled in self-reflection and self-awareness, and understand the need for continuing professional development after qualification.
Assessment Information
Trainees complete one case study from their AMH placement (max 5000 words). In addition, performance on placement is evaluated by the placement supervisor, using a structured checklist of clinical competencies. The supervisor's recommendation is used by the Director of Studies to determine if clinical competence has been met. Explicit guidance is given to supervisors about placement evaluation (see above URL)
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Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsClinical Psychology, Adult Mental Health, Clinical Practice, Psychological Disorders, Assessment, Fo
Course organiserMs Rebecca Curtis
Course secretaryMrs Evelyn Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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