C84PRS Professional Skills
(Last Updated:15 August 2017)
Total Credits: 40
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Doctorate students on DClinPsy There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.
|Autumn ||Assessed by end of Spring Semester |
Summary of Content: This module introduces students to the theoretical foundations and key skills that will be needed for their first clinical placement. There is a particular emphasis on establishing understanding of, and competences in, assessing and formulating clinical casework from a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) perspective and introducing students to alternative Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) models.
Relationship to External Bodies
Approved by HCPC. Accredited by BPS.
Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed
Further Activity Details:
Lectures, student led and tutor led seminars, skills workshops, role-plays, reflective practice groups, clinical presentations, peer supervision, group and individual tutorials, personal study and group learning.
Please see DClinPsy online learning systems at Lincoln (and Nottingham) for the full module timetable.
Method of Assessment:
|Practical ||100 ||Problem-based learning exercise - Formal presentation. NB All components must be passed to pass the module. |
Dr T Schroder
Education Aims: The aim of the module is to teach students the basic skills in assessment and formulation that they will need for their first clinical placement. It includes an introduction to CBT and other theoretical models necessary to formulate the basis for a clinical intervention. There is an emphasis on the key skills of assessment in clinical psychology that are common across a range of client groups and referral problems. The core intervention skills in clinical psychology that are common across a range of client groups and referral problems are also considered. This module is embedded in the context of the core philosophy of the profession of Clinical Psychology in the NHS and develops high standards of professional practice and reflective skills to prepare students for clinical placements.
Knowledge and understanding of:
- Core assessment procedures and underpinning theory, including:
- Psychometric testing.
- Engagement and interview skills.
- Formulation of clinical problems using primarily CBT but also informed by other EBP based models including:
- Context of NHS and other professional practice:
- Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Codes of Ethics and Practice.
- Core philosophy of Clinical Psychology and British Psychological Society (BPS) Codes of Ethics and Practice.
- Major legislative frameworks.
- National Strategic Frameworks.
- Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
Intellectual skills – the ability to:
- Critique and synthesise material from a variety of sources and begin to develop the capacity to create new and original knowledge.
- Use academic skills to review existing literature and apply it to clinical practice in a critical and creative manner.
- Evaluate a referral.
- Consider appropriate assessment methods to generate a formulation, develop hypotheses and plan an assessment strategy drawing on CBT and other EBP models.
- Be influenced by ethical and social considerations.
- Show an understanding of users’ lived experience.
- Reflect critically on the process of assessment and formulation and re-formulate where appropriate.
Professional and practical skills – the ability to:
- Conduct an initial interview, evaluating the appropriateness of the referral and considering alternatives.
- Identify and critically evaluate relevant sources of information to complete an assessment.
- Adapt assessment to take account of diversity issues (for instance age, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and ethnic grouping) and presenting problem.
- Be aware of the limits of different assessment methods and the limits of clinical psychological assessments.
- Apply the skills of engagement and interviewing to develop a working alliance across a range of client groups and presentations.
- Recognise professional boundaries.
- Work effectively in teams.
- Employ basic group work skills.
Transferable skills – the ability to:
- Use oral, written and audio-visual media to communicate with individuals, teams and larger groups; both formally and informally.
- Administer standardised tests.
- Employ client engagement skills including making introductions, obtaining informed consent, clarifying confidentiality and demonstrating active listening.
- Use academic skills, applying psychological knowledge to solve problems.
Offering School: Medicine
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