Undergraduate Course: Psychological Therapies (PSYL10145)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 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 course examines current practice in psychological therapies, and the psychological research which informs this. Attention will be paid to claims about evidence and its application in diverse clinical settings and across specific populations.
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 course examines current practice in psychological therapies, and the psychological research which informs this. Attention will be paid to claims about evidence and its application in diverse clinical settings and across specific populations. This will include: an examination of a competency and evidence-based approach to psychological therapies and a discussion of the research designs which underpin this; assessment, case-formulation and the decisional framework for intervention; the development of psychoanalytic approaches and their current application; interpersonal models of therapy and the therapeutic alliance; the influence, legacy and application of behaviourism; the cognitive turn in therapy and its application across diverse clinical presentations; the third wave of psychological therapies and the move to acceptance-based models; technology-mediated delivery and the use of mobile devices; systemic approaches with carers and family members; psychological therapies with specific populations.
Skills developed within this course include critical analysis of what constitutes evidence; an ability to understand how clinical judgements are formed; the ability to differentiate between different theoretical psychological models and why they have influenced service delivery; a understanding of clinical psychology as a discipline.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students who are Psychology majors and in their third or final year at their home university are welcome to take this course.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Mid-course MCQ test 30%
End of course essay 70%
||Essay: draft submitted week, feedback week
The mid-term MCQ test is a summative assessment (so the mark will provide numerical feedback as to grade). Also, as the MCQ test is designed to assess foundational knowledge about the course topic, performance on the MCQ test will provide formative feedback as to whether students have a good grasp of the foundations or need to do some more study to consolidate knowledge and provide the necessary basis for more advanced parts of the course to follow.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- An understanding of the scientist-practitioner model and its relevance to psychological therapies.
- Knowledge of what constitutes scientific evidence and its application.
- How intervention is informed by assessment and problem formulation.
- An understanding of the historical development and legacies of psychotherapies and their current applications.
- How therapies have relevance across different clinical populations and presentations.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research & Enquiry:
Provide clear, well-organised arguments concerning the development of psychological therapies and the research evidence which underpins them, how they are applied and the challenges of specific problem presentations, clinical populations and therapeutic contexts.
Personal & Intellectual Autonomy:
Ability to read texts critically, with an awareness of the assumptions and attitudes that underlie them and underpin interpretation.
The ability to work independently.
Communicate effectively with other people, using verbal and written means.
|Course organiser||Dr Mark Hoelterhoff
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
|Course secretary||Ms Alexandra MacAndrew
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733