Undergraduate Course: Psychological Therapies (Conversion) (CLPS10001)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|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)
||30% mid-course MCQ test
70% end of course essay
|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.
|Barlow, David H. (Editor). (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press|
|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||Mr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498