Postgraduate Course: Applied Developmental Psychopathology (CLPS11037)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to both established and emerging paradigms of mental illness as applied to children and young people.
The course considers lay perspectives on mental illness followed by a recapping of theories of child development and introduction of key concepts of developmental psychopathology. It focuses on key theories of developmental psychopathology and critically examines their application to understanding the experiences of children and young people, families, services and wider society.
As the course develops, and through a range of media including case studies, students will develop a critical awareness and understanding of social, interpersonal, cognitive, emotional and behavioural patterns, within a developmental context, and the impact these can have on the individual child, the family and their broader context. Students will also consider the importance and the impact of social, emotional and cultural contexts on the development of psychological difficulties, with a focus on family functioning. This understanding is framed within models of developmental psychopathology with a strong focus on attachment and the biopsychosocial framework, and with a view to critically evaluate the medical model of mental health.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3,
Other Study Hours 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Navigating LEARN space, reading instructions, planning.
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One group submission (20%)
One individual assignment (80%)
||Formative feedback will be given on a group presentation.
Summative feedback will be given on the group submission and individual assignment as detailed above.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Conceptualise, analyse and present the essential theoretical models of developmental psychopathology and abnormal psychology.
- Demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical understanding of pathways to abnormal development including the influence of social, emotional and biological factors.
- Demonstrate the critical and reflective application of a balanced understanding of risk and resilience factors in children and adolescents who present with significant psychopathology.
- Critically appraise the impact of abnormal development on the wider functioning of the individual child and the family.
- Reflect on the current theoretical basis for clinical practice and apply different conceptual frameworks to individual clinical presentations, and the evaluation of clinical services.
|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
|Course organiser||Dr Monja Knoll
Tel: (0131 6)50 3481
|Course secretary||Mrs Chelsea Kennedy
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969