Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

C84FPA Foundation Placement A
(Last Updated:30 August 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 0

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.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Spring Semester 
Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module (together with PRS) is designed to establish the transferable skill of forging close theory-practice links and developing the core competences of assessment, formulation, communication in a professional applied setting. By observing clinical assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation students develop an understanding of the breadth of work in clinical psychology and the structure of the services in which it is delivered. Before proceeding to individual client interventions, students develop competence in basic clinical psychology assessment and formulation strategies, mainly from a CBT perspective through practice, feedback and supervision. Relationship to External Bodies Approved by HCPC. Accredited by BPS.

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed
Further Activity Details:
Supervised clinical practice for 3 days per week, supplemented by placement review meetings; private study, case presentations at university, reflective practice groups and peer support. Trainees also have the opportunity of submitting a 4000 word case study and gaining formative feedback from programme staff. See DClinPsy online learning systems at Nottingham and Lincoln for the Year Planner.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 Portfolio of Proficiencies (Pass/Fail). 

Dr H Cooper

Education Aims:  The aim of the placement is to familiarise students with the practice of clinical psychology in the NHS. The placement helps them to be conversant with the context of clinical psychology delivery and to become skilled in recognising the types of problems presenting to services, proficient at forming and maintaining therapeutic relationships with individuals, adept at identifying the nature of problems presented by specific individual clients, able to formulate assessment and intervention strategies for individual clients and capable of evaluating the effect of psychological interventions. Students learn how to make effective use of supervision thereby enhancing their ability to reflect critically, consequently improving their practice on the basis of feedback.

Learning Outcomes:  

Offering School:  Medicine

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