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BSc Psychology / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Division of Psychology and Mental Health|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Clinical psychologists use interventions based on psychological theory and research to “reduce distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being” (BPS, 2013). They work with different client groups (e.g. adults, young people, learning disabilities, older adults), within numerous settings (e.g. outpatient, inpatient, community) and across all stages of lifespan development. Clinical psychologists are trained in a range of therapeutic approaches and apply these to working with people who experience a range of physical, intellectual and mental health problems that can impact significantly on their thinking, emotions and behaviour.
Teaching and learning methods
This unit will be delivered via lectures and seminars.
Knowledge and understanding
Critically evaluate scientific theories, evidence & practice & their reciprocal links in the development of applied practice within clinical psychology.
Recognise that clinical psychology involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications.
Ability to solve problems and reason scientifically.
Make critical judgements and evaluations to gain different perspectives based on multiple theoretical perspectives and solutions.
Ethical awareness and sensitivity to cultural, contextual and interpersonal factors.
Ability to make clear, structured arguments and support them with evidence, write with clarity and precision and to write concisely.
Acquisition of some of the basic skills necessary for working with people experiencing psychological difficulties (e.g. listening skills and be able to ask curious questions to talk to people helpfully).
Transferable skills and personal qualities
To develop key transferrable skills in critical and analytical thinking, reflectivity, team working, writing skills, communication, oral presentation and personal development.
To begin to develop the ability to identify different strategies and approaches to solving problems commonly seen within the practice of clinical psychology.
A exam worth 50% and coursework worth 50%
Coursework feedback will be given to students via BB before exam period.
Exam feedback will be available after exam board.
- Beinart, H., Kennedy, P. & Llewelyn, S. (Eds.) (2009) Clinical Psychology in Practice. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Cromby, J., Harper, D. & Reavey, P. (2013) Psychology, mental health and distress. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
- Hall, J., Pilgrim, D., & Turpin, G. (2015) Clinical psychology in Britain : historical perspectives. Leicester : British Psychological Society.
- Newnes, C. (2014) Clinical psychology : a critical examination. Ross-on-Wye : PCCS Books
- Gruber, J., Prinstein, M. J., Clark, L. A., Rottenberg, J., Abramowitz, J. S., Albano, A. M., ... & Forbes, E. E. (2020). Mental health and clinical psychological science in the time of COVID-19: Challenges, opportunities, and a call to action. American Psychologist. https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2020-58594-001.pdf
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|Louisa Jackman||Unit coordinator|
|Warren Mansell||Unit coordinator|