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Undergraduate Course: Psychological Therapies (Conversion) (CLPS10001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is for students enrolled on the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) programme only.

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.
Course description The course 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  200
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% mid-course MCQ test
70% end of course essay
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An understanding of the scientist-practitioner model and its relevance to psychological therapies.
  2. Knowledge of what constitutes scientific evidence and its application.
  3. How intervention is informed by assessment and problem formulation.
  4. An understanding of the historical development and legacies of psychotherapies and their current applications.
  5. How therapies have relevance across different clinical populations and presentations.
Reading List
Barlow, David H. (Editor). (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Additional Information
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.

Communication skills
Communicate effectively with other people, using verbal and written means.
Course organiserDr Mark Hoelterhoff
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
Course secretaryMr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498
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