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PS50181: Fundamentals of clinical and health psychology

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 18      [equivalent to 36 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 360
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Critical & Ethical Review (CW 60%)
  • Case Analysis (CW 40%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are:
* To develop a critical understanding of the different ways of conceptualising physical and mental health problems in adults and children
* To develop a critical understanding of epidemiological research
* To develop a critical appreciation of psychological theories accounting for physical and mental health problems in adults and children (For example Humanistic, Behavioural, Cognitive, Neurological and Systems theories)
* To develop critical appreciation of the role of the clinical psychologist within and outside the UK
* To understand models of health service provision
* To develop knowledge and skills at integrating psychological theory with clinical practice

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit students will be able to
* Critically evaluate different ways of conceptualising mental and physical health problems in adults and children, including links between mental and physical health
* Critically evaluate models of psychopathology
* Demonstrate an understanding of methods relevant to epidemiological research
* Critically evaluate psychological interventions designed to change behaviour and cognition in children and adults
* Integrate psychological theory with clinical practice
* Critically evaluate the major theories underpinning clinical psychology practice

Skills:
Intellectual Skills
* To communicate an argument (TFA)
* To evaluate others arguments and research (TFA)
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information (TFA)
* To communicate an argument to other health professionals (TF)
Professional and Personal Skills
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of clinical psychology within a variety of health contexts. (TFA)
* To be able to identify and deploy appropriate assessment strategies in the clinical setting (TFA)
* To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others (TFA)
* To develop the knowledge of the governance, ethical and organisational issues of working in a mental health context. (TFA)
Transferable Skills
* Study and learning skills.(F)
* Basic information and computing technology skills.(F)
* To be aware of ethical issues in carrying out research. (TFA)
* Inter-personal and communication skills.(F)
* Essay, research, preparation and writing skills. (TFA)
* Presentation skills and verbal communication. (TFA)
* To prioritise workloads.(F)
* Independent and group working skills (F)
* To understand career opportunities and challenges ahead.(F)

Content:

* This unit will provide students with a theoretical background to key professional issues in mental and physical health across the lifespan.
* The unit will evaluate the main theoretical approaches to mental and physical health across the lifespan
* The unit will examine the major psychological disorders of infancy, childhood and adolescence.
* The unit will consider the increasing importance of evidence-based practice.
* The unit will consider the distinctive contribution Clinical Psychology can make in a multi-disciplinary workplace
* This unit will enable students to develop their skills at integrating psychological theory with clinical practice via clinical case illustrations
* This unit will enable students to understand models of health service delivery and organisational issues.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50181 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology

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