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Postgraduate Course: Psychological Skills Placement (CLPS11095)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis will be an introductory placement where students will learn through role play of skills, direct and indirect client contact, reflective discussion and engaging in clinical tasks.
Course description This is a core course for the full-time two-year MSc Psychological Therapies.

Through observation and practice, successful students will gain the basic skills and knowledge required to begin therapeutic practice. Students will have the opportunity to observe and shadow expert practice through remote and face-to-face delivery; direct clinical contact will be supported through clinical supervision. Core clinical skills will be taught, allowing students to be ready to develop more specific on-model therapeutic knowledge and skills later in the Programme. Students will build competency in key relationship skills such as active listening, empathy and engagement; they will understand the principles behind managing an effective therapeutic session; and will appreciate the context surrounding therapeutic work.

Students are required to achieve minimum 50 hours introductory clinical practice through skills observation and skills practice using online role play and demonstrations, attendance at small group teaching to identify, demonstrate and discuss clinical skills and by shadowing cases. Students may carry a small caseload under supervision.

The student will keep a reflective record of the cases observed, skills identified and practiced, clinical notes for each case observed, with reflection and a note of learning in relation to clinical skills and professional practice. Students will also provide taped evidence of demonstration of role play of basic therapeutic skills which will be submitted for use in clinical supervision.

Placement readiness will be assessed by supervisors and provided in the form of a reference.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Reflective Learning Log of 2000 words (100%)

Readiness for practice supervisor assessment (Pass / Fail): this element MUST be passed and cannot be compensated.
Feedback Clinical supervision (10 hours: in small groups and 1-1) will provide feedback on clinical practice. The student is expected to provide anonymised material from their practice placement (e.g. clinical recordings, written session plans, reflective diaries) to facilitate this feedback.

This includes a minimum of 3 pieces of work indicating an awareness of psychological practice issues: a case summary, a reflective practice diary entry for an observed session and a recording of a role-played session
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate competent ability in the application of basic therapeutic techniques under supervision including establishing rapport with a patient, active listening, non-judgmental stance, reflective summarizing.
  2. Demonstrate a competent knowledge of therapeutic practice under supervision; setting up & conducting clinical sessions, keeping appropriate notes under supervision
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding and application of general professional skills: setting and managing boundaries, handling disclosure, managing cultural differences
  4. Demonstrate an ability to hold a constructively critical and self-reflective stance towards therapeutic practice
Reading List
Kennerley, H, Kirk, J and Westbrook, D (2017) An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy : Skills and Applications Sage: London

Yalom, I.D (2002) The Gift of Therapy. Reflections on being a therapist. HarperCollins: USA.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course is part of a suite that supports graduates to be:
- creative problem solvers and researchers
- critical and reflective thinkers
- effective and influential contributors
- skilled communicators
- trust-worthy supporters
KeywordsPsychological therapy,core therapy skills,placement,supervision
Course organiserProf Elizabeth Gilchrist
Tel: (0131 6)51 3982
Course secretaryMrs Clara Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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