You will develop a sound and critical understanding of the theory and application of the core theoretical models on which clinical psychology draws. This will include a knowledge of explanatory theoretical models of the development and maintenance of a range of presenting psychological problems that people may experience throughout the lifespan, as well as critical consideration of approaches to the classification of psychological problems. You will also gain a sound understanding of clinical psychology assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation across a range of theoretical models, client groups, presenting problems and organisational contexts.
In addition, you will develop a reflective and critical understanding of developmental, social, cultural, and organisational contexts and their impact on individuals and the delivery of psychological services. This includes the importance of being aware of diversity when providing clinical assessment and intervention, as well as an understanding of the importance and nature of service-user perspectives.
You will study a number of modules, as described below; (it should be noted that this course structure is provisional and subject to change). All modules are compulsory.
Indicative course structure (provisional and subject to change):
Models of clinical psychology and psychological problems
This covers theoretical models of the development and maintenance of psychological difficulties and distress throughout the lifespan, as well as models of well-being and adjustment.
Psychological problems through the lifespan
This covers the range of different presenting psychological difficulties experienced by clients across the lifespan and in culturally diverse contexts.
Assessment, treatment and clinical skills
This covers a range of psychological assessment, formulation and treatment, and therapy approaches derived from the various theoretical models utilised by clinical psychologists. This includes general clinical skills, as well as skills enabling you to communicate with clients, their families and other mental health staff.
Professional, ethical and service-related issues
This may include such topics as: the role of clinical psychologists; professional and ethical considerations; risk issues; the structure and provision of NHS mental health services; service user perspectives; and developmental, social, cultural, and organisational contexts.
Research Methods and Statistics
This aims to build on your existing skills and knowledge, providing a solid grounding in core quantitative and qualitative research methods, and statistical methods.
Advanced Research Methods and Statistics
This aims to provide knowledge of more advanced research and statistical methods, including issues relating to treatment effectiveness research.
This module offers you the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research, under supervisory guidance, of a particular topic that links directly with one of the research themes of the psychology team.