Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

C85FGI Families, Groups & Indirect Work
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 5

Target Students:  DClinPsy students 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 in both Autumn and Spring Semesters 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module changes focus from the individual to the individual within a couple, family or other small group system and introduces students to the theoretical foundations of working with larger modules, such as families, couples and groups. Students consider the nature of problems for which multi-person interventions are most appropriate. The module progresses to the application of clinical psychology theory and practice to develop the skills of assessing, formulating and intervening indirectly through third parties such as other family members, care staff, and multi-disciplinary teams.

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 experiences, clinical presentations, group and individual tutorials, personal study, group learning and reflective diary. Please see DClinPsy online learning systems at Lincoln (and Nottingham) for the full module timetable.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50 Reflective diary plus analysis of group dynamics and development using a theoretical approach (3000 words) or equivalent. NB All components must achieve a pass mark of 50%. 
Coursework 2 25 Facilitating a group (approx 4 people) solving a supplied problem. NB All components must achieve a pass mark of 50%. 
Coursework 3 25 Observing a group facilitator offering constructive critique and learning points incorporating a theoretical perspective. NB All components must achieve a pass mark of 50%. 

Dr T Schroder

Education Aims:  The aim of this module is to move the focus of students’ attention from the individual to the theoretical foundations of working through multi-person contexts for assessment and treatment planning. Students develop advanced skills in assessing, formulating and intervening using secondary and indirect resources i.e. family members, care staff and multi-disciplinary teams. The main problems for which such interventions may be carried out will be considered. Students consolidate and develop their ability to critically apply the integrative and trans-theoretical frameworks acquired in previous modules to work with clients in more complex contexts (such as multi agency work) in order to shape practice and provide services to people hitherto excluded because direct or individual interventions are less effective or make less efficient use of resources. By building on skills developed over the course of the programme so far students further strengthen their skills as reflective scientist-practitioners grappling with the challenges offered by a range of learning methods. Students are encouraged to draw on their own experiences of working in small groups and in clinical practice to enhance their critical and reflective thinking.

Learning Outcomes:  

Offering School:  Medicine

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