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MSc Clinical and Health Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Facilitating Change 2

Unit code PSYC69742
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit covers the key interventions within clinical psychology that are designed to facilitate change, improve well-being and promote recovery. This unit builds upon the material delivered within the Semester 1 course Facilitating Change 1 (for MSc Clinical & Health Psychology). Facilitating Change 2 content includes understanding the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) applied with more challenging and complex experiences, child and family interventions, and recent developments in psychotherapy beyond the traditional CBT approach.


The unit aims to:

  • Continue the introduction, initiated in Facilitating Change 1, to the core principles and features of contemporary, theory- and evidence-based approaches to facilitating psychological change in people with health problems
  • Further encourage a critical analysis of the strengths and limitations of psychological interventions
  • Enhance students’ awareness of the reciprocal links between theory, research and clinical practice in the development and evaluation of psychological interventions
  • Provide a broarder range of illustrative examples of intervensions, and the application of interventions with a range of clinical groups, including children and families, and people experiencing psychoses, bipolar disorder, substance use problems and self-harm.
  • Expand the students’ knowledge of psychological interventions to include recent developments of cognitive behavioural and other therapeutic approaches.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course unit, students will be able to;

  • Understand the science and practice of CBT in complex and challenging clinical groups.
  • Enhanced knowledge of a broader range of issues and innovations in clinical psychology.
  • A more developed appreciation of how psychotherapy interventions are practiced.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the science and practice of interventions.
  • Apply presenting skills to the task of delivering a presentation of a related evidence base.
  • Enhanced understanding of human change processes across a range of clinical groups.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be delivered in 10 x 2-hour face-to-face sessions and will include lectures, group discussions, experiential tasks and demonstrations of interventions. To assist in preparation for the sessions, students will be provided with electronic resources on Blackboard including PowerPoint slides, key papers, web links and discussion boards.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Oral assessment/presentation 30%

Recommended reading

Cromby, J., Harper, D., & Reavey, P. (2013). Psychology, Mental Health and Distress Paperback. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Leahy, R. L. (2004). Contemporary Cognitive Therapy. Guilford Press.

Lindsay, S., & Powell, G. (2008). The Handbook of Clinical Adult Psychology, Third Edition. Routledge. (earlier editions also appropriate)

Morrison, AP, Renton J, Dunn, H, Williams, S & Bentall, R (2003) Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis: A Formulation Based Approach. Routledge.

Wells, A. (2009). Metacognitive therapy for anxiety and depression. New York: Guilford Press.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 128

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Daniel Pratt Unit coordinator

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