Undergraduate Course: Psychological Therapies (PSYL10033)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Clinical Psychologists adhere to a Scientist-Practitioner model, using the empirical evidence base of outcome research in the application of treatments for people in distress. This option examines current practice in psychological therapies, including cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic and ┐third wave┐ therapies
Clinical Psychologists adhere to a Scientist-Practitioner model, using the empirical evidence base of outcome research in the application of treatments for people in distress. This option examines current practice in psychological therapies, including cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic and ┐third wave┐ therapies.
The underpinnings of psychological therapies will be discussed, along with consideration of the role of Clinical Psychology in their development and the evidence-base that justifies their use. The importance of considering the context in which psychological therapies are delivered, will also be highlighted. This course will use lectures and self-directed learning.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Degree major in Psychology and passes in psychology courses at least to the equivalent of junior honours level in Edinburgh. Prior agreement with the 4th Year Honours Course Organiser
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Psychological Therapies||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of the main types of psychotherapy models in use in the UK (Cognitive, Behavioural, Interpersonal and Psychodynamic).
- Gain a comprehensive knowledge of the efficacy of a range of psychological treatment models for emotional disorders.
- Students will be introduced to recent developments in psychotherapy (older adults, schizophrenia).
|Barlow, David H. (Editor). (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.|
Additional/ Background Reading
A-Tjak, J. G. L., Davis, M. L., Morina, N., Powers, M. B., Smits, J. a J., & Emmelkamp, P. M. G. (2014). A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Clinically Relevant Mental and Physical Health Problems. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 84, 30┐36.
Allen, D. (2009). Positive behavioural support as a service system for people with challenging behaviour. Psychiatry, 8, 408 ┐ 412.
Campbell, M., Robertson, A. & Jahoda, A. (2014). Psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities: comments on a Matrix of evidence for interventions in challenging behaviour. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58, 172┐188.
Hayes, S. C., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Contextual Behavioral Science: Creating a science more adequate to the challenge of the human condition. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 1, 1┐16.
Kahl, K.G., Winter, L. & Schweiger, U. (2012). The third wave of cognitive behavioural therapies: what is new and what is effective? Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 25, 522 ┐ 528.
Khatri, N., Marziali, E., Tchernikov, I. & Shepherd, N. (2014). Comparing telehealth-based and clinic-based group cognitive behavioral therapy for adults with depression and anxiety: a pilot study. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9, 765 ┐ 770.
NHS Education Scotland. (2011). The Matrix: A guide to delivering evidence-based psychological therapies in Scotland. Edinburgh: NES. Retrieved from: http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/media/425354/psychology_matrix_2011s.pdf
Shedler, J. (2010). The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 65, 98 ┐ 109.
Twohig, M. P. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19(4), 499┐507.
Vereenooghe, L. & Langdon, P.E. (2013). Psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 4085 ┐ 4102.
Wuthrich, V.M., Frei, J., Pachana, N.A. & Oude-Voshaar, R.C. (2015)
Barriers to treatment for older adults seeking psychological therapy. International Psychogeriatrics, 2015, 27, 1227-1236.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Kenneth Macmahon
Tel: (0131 6)51 3960
|Course secretary||Ms Catherine Renton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602