Postgraduate Course: Clinical Psychology 2 (CLPS12035)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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, defensible conclusions regarding their own practice.
Students will attend in blocks of teaching and monthly teaching days. 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.
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 ageing. 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 e-Learning 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 to 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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 198,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 18,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Course should be Level 12 not 8
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- Apply the concepts, theories and principles of the above specialities in an integrated, critical, ethical and professional way in clinical practice.
- Apply the knowledge and skills learned to develop creative and original responses to clinical problems and issues.
- 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.
|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
|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.
|Keywords||Clinical Psychology,Child and Adolescent Mental Health,Older Adults,Neuropsychology,Professional
|Course organiser||Dr Azucena Guzman
Tel: (0131 6)51 5162
|Course secretary||Mr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498