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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Psychology 2 (CLPS12035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is mandatory for all DClinPsychol second year postgraduate students. Students will develop a critical overview of the application of clinical psychology to a wide range of emotional, behavioural and neuropsychological disorders within child and adolescent, older adults, neuropsychology and forensic settings.
Course description Academic Description
Students will receive knowledge based sessions, leading to a critical analysis and understanding of the principle theories and practices typically used with service users in the above settings. In addition, students will receive practical training on using therapeutic skills most often encountered in these specialisms and will be taught sufficient generic awareness and understanding of these skills and knowledge to be able to apply them to novel problems and circumstances. Relevant professional issues will be covered, including multi-professional working, NHS management and service development. The teaching also aims to deliver a detailed grounding in relevant issues in client, clinical work, service, legislation and professional areas. Controversies and debates within the specialisms will be explored and trainees will be expected to reflect upon these and reach independent, defendable conclusions regarding their own practice.
Students will attend in blocks of teaching and monthly teaching days. The total number of direct contact hours for this course is 308. Students also have dedicated study time during this course during which they are expected to be studying towards the course learning outcomes, and for R2 learning outcomes. This study time amounts to 259 hours of self-study time, split between CP2 and R2.

Outline Content
Engagement, assessment, formulation and treatment in relation to older people with a range of organic and functional problems of old age. Neuropsychological profiles, rehabilitation, adapting therapy for older people, awareness of the evidence base, Scottish policy regarding aging. Common mental health problems, dementia, stress and distress.

Engagement, assessment, formulation and treatment in relation to children, young people and families. Developmental psychology, communication, child protection, common mental health problems in children and young people, neuropsychological profiles, paediatric health psychology, looked after and accommodated children, sequelae and working with child sexual abuse, team working.

Brain and behaviour relationships across the lifespan, head injury, progressive degenerative diseases, psychological testing, neuropsychological profiles across a wide range of neurological disorders, reporting, formulating, rehabilitation, psychological impacts of neurological diseases.

Assessment and management of risk of offending, sexual and violent offending, offenders with intellectual disabilities, stalking, domestic violence. Understanding and intervening in forensic settings.

Professional issues, consultancy, leadership, reflective practice, strategy and policy, teamwork, the professional body.

Student Learning Experience
This course uses significant elements of blended learning and distance participation. Some sessions are live in Edinburgh (classroom based activities) and some involve self-directed eLearning activities, including use of video conferencing (VC). The teaching is a mix of didactic, discussion based and clinical skills workshops. Self directed eLearning sessions tend to focus on engagement in written or video recorded media, eLearning tools and online or VC discussion groups.

Student learning is evidenced by the production of a 4000 6000 word case conceptualisation, based upon clinical practice relevant to this area. Marking criteria and detailed guidance on the case conceptualisation is available in the course handbook, in the Programme Academic Handbook.
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:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 198, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 18, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Course should be Level 12 not 8
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) An extended case conceptualisation of 4000-6000 words, which will include a review and critique of relevant literature as it relates to an outline of a clinical case study, and the critical reflection of outcome and process of the case described.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical, detailed and reflective understanding of the main theories, principles and concepts relating to the child mental health, neuropsychology, forensic clinical psychology and the clinical psychology of old age, including assessment, formulation, treatment and evaluation.
  2. Apply the concepts, theories and principles of the above specialties in an integrated, critical, ethical and professional way in clinical practice.
  3. Apply the knowledge and skills learned to develop creative and original responses to clinical problems and issues.
  4. Analyse, synthesise and evaluate the taught material and apply it to dealing with complex and novel situations and issues in an informed and reflective way.
Reading List
Detailed reading lists are available in the Academic and Course Handbooks here:

Prioritised references are:
Carr A. (2006) The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach. Routledge, London.

Woods, R.T. & Clare, L. (2008) (Eds) Handbook of the Clinical Psychology of Ageing, Second Edition. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Howitt, D (2002) Forensic and Criminal Psychology. Prentice-Hall.

Goldstein, L.H. & McNeil, J.E. (2004) Clinical Neuropsychology: A Practical guide and assessment and management for clinicians. Wiley
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students that successfully pass this course will have demonstrated the required knowledge and understanding of clinical psychological work with the above client groups.

They will further possess the attitudes, qualities and skills that are considered basic and introductory to working with these client groups.
KeywordsClinical Psychology,Child and Adolescent Mental Health,Older Adults,Neuropsychology,Professional
Course organiserDr Azucena Guzman
Tel: (0131 6)51 5162
Course secretaryMiss Kirsty Gardner
Tel: (0131 6)50 3889
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