PYM4PT-Psychological treatments

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Polly Waite


Summary module description:
The module comprises a series of 10 half-day workshops which address: a) the theories underpinning specific psychological disorders; b) evidence-based treatments of specific psychological disorders; and c) consideration of how treatments may be adapted to work with specific populations. Workshops are delivered by experts in the field, including clinicians experienced in working with clients with these psychological difficulties. The strong treatment orientation of the module provides excellent preparation for further clinical training.

The module aims to teach students to understand the evidence-based theory for a range of psychological disorders; and to provide them with a theoretical understanding of how to treat a range of patients with specific disorders in an evidence-based way.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability:

1) To understand evidence-based psychological theories and therapies treatments

2) To have a theoretical understanding of how to effectively apply what they have learned to specific patients with Axis I psychological disorders.

3) To have a theoretical understanding of how to adapt what they have learned to specific populations.

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain a broader understanding of the skills and challenges associated with clinical practice; and of the interplay between psychological theory, empirical evaluation, and clinical interventions in relation to psychological disorders.

Outline content:
1. Workshops equating to five full10 half- days on evidence-based psychological theory and treatments. These workshops include topics on specific disorders that occur commonly in clinical practice (e.g. Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression). Although the focus will be on how treatments are delivered to adults, the module will also consider how treatments are adapted for specific populations. For example: (e.g. children/parents, people with learning disabilities, older adults).

a. Generalised Anxiety Disorder
b. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
c. Depression

2. Discussion groups within the workshops to discuss the psychological theory and treatment, with the opportunity to consider case material.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will be delivered through the following methods: lectures/small group work; audio and video-tape; role-play exercises and discussion; ‘homework assignments’ to produce a cognitive behavioural formulation for a patient, to keep personal thought records and to design and implement behavioural experiments; case material preparation.

There will be 10 half-days of face-to-face teaching.

This teaching takes place within Reading but not necessarily at the University, and students should be aware of the need to make appropriate travel arrangements at their own expense.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 35
Guided independent study 165
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Assessment will be by one two-hour unseen examination.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be asked to complete ‘homework assignments’; to produce a cognitive behavioural formulation for a patient; to keep personal thought records; and to design and implement behavioural experiments.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:
2 hours

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Students who do not obtain the required pass mark in the assessed work will be given the opportunity to resubmit, on one further occasion, any individual assessment that has been failed. The re-sit grade cannot exceed 50%. If any teaching and the associated assessments are missed due to illness, the student will be able to engage in self-directed learning and to sit the assessments at a later date.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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