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PS50189: Assessment and formulation

[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: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Course work (CW 100%)
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 provide students with knowledge, understanding and basic skills in a range of evidence-based approaches to the assessment, formulation and management of risk to self and others.
* To provide students an understanding of risk assessments designed to assess a range of risk behaviours such as general violence, institutional violence, sexual violence, and self-harm.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit students will:
* Be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of different approaches to assessment and formulation in forensic contexts.
* Be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the processes and the tools of assessment and formulation in forensic contexts.
* Have developed skills in assessment and basic risk formulations using case vignettes and video clips.

Intellectual Skills
Students will develop:
* The ability to communicate an argument
* The ability to evaluate others arguments and research
* The ability to learn independently and to be able to assess own learning needs.
* The ability to work independently
Professional and Personal Skills
* The ability to effectively and efficiently apply principles of forensic psychology within a range of settings and contexts relevant to forensic psychology.
* The ability to identify and deploy appropriate assessment strategies to assessing individuals, groups and/or organisations in a forensic setting.
Transferable Skills
* Study and learning skills.
* Basic information and computing technology skills.
* Inter-personal and communication skills.
* Presentation skills and verbal communication.
* Independent and group working skills
* Advanced oral communication skills.

This unit will provide students with:
* An evidence-based and professional approach in the assessment, case formulation and management of clinical risks.
* A critical understanding of the different methods of assessment including psychometric approaches of assessments and functional assessment
* A critical understanding of the different methods of formulation - for example case formulation using a cognitive behaviour therapy approach.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50189 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
  • THPS-AWM13 : MSc Applied Forensic Psychology with Counselling