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Postgraduate Course: Evidence Based Psychological Interventions (CLPS11033)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe need to train more front line professionals in evidence-based approaches to enhance children's mental health and psychological well-being is a high level policy priority of both the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Children, Schools & Families (DCSF). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been identified as one of the most evidence-based interventions available currently and is a priority area for increased training provision. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder all recommend CBT and other psychological interventions as a key treatment of choice.

This course will provide participants with knowledge and understanding of the evidence-base for psychological interventions to promote psychological well-being in children and young people. The strengths and limitations of cognitive behavioural, interpersonal and family based approaches, and how, drawing on systemic and other approaches, they can be adapted to work with young people will be covered.

Course description The course will provide teaching on methodologies used to develop, test and critically appraise evidence-based psychological interventions and clinical research. This will include some teaching on quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in clinical treatment research and how to interpret such findings.

This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and theoretical understanding of effective, evaluated interventions for children and young people experiencing a range of difficulties with social and emotional aspects of their development. Crucially, participants are encouraged to take an outcomes-based approach in ascertaining the interventions most appropriate to promote psychological well-being. We also aim to develop participants' skills in evaluating the impact of their own work in order to be able to reflect on and modify practice in future. The course will facilitate a forum for developing and sharing creative and flexible practice with colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  48
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Additional Information (Assessment) One course essay of 4,000 words (100%)
Feedback Formative feedback will be given on a group presentation.

Summative feedback will be given on the essay via Learn.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a full, critical and integrated understanding of the developmental and psychological theories that underlie effective psychological interventions as these are applied to some of the most common problems of childhood.
  2. Be familiar with, and able to critically review, the empirical evidence for the effectiveness of psychological interventions with a number of the most common problems of childhood.
  3. Demonstrate a flexible and critical understanding of child development that allows for adaptation of the widely used psychological therapy techniques and applications for use with children of different ages and abilities.
  4. Understand a range of methodologies used in clinical treatment research and demonstrate skills in critical appraisal of the evidence for psychological therapies.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical analysis
* Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability and working with others
* Technical and practical skills
* Communication, numeracy and IT skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Timothy Bird
Tel: (0131 6)50 3898
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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