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:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Paul Jenkins


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module comprises a series of 10 half-day workshops that address the theories underpinning specific psychological disorders, evidence-based treatments of specific psychological disorders and a consideration of how treatments may be adapted to work with specific populations. The strong treatment orientation of the module provides excellent preparation for further clinical training. 


The aim of the module is for students to evaluate the evidence base for models, theories and treatment approaches for a range of psychological disorders.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students will be able to:

1. Explain and evaluate the evidence for psychological models and theories of particular psychological disorders

2. Appraise the evidence base for the effectiveness of psychological treatments for specific disorders

3. To evaluate how treatments may be adapted when working with 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 10 half-days on evidence-based psychological theory and treatments. These workshops include topics on specific disorders that occur in clinical practice (e.g. anxiety disorders, depression, psychosis). Although the focus will be on how treatments are delivered to adults, the module will also consider how treatments are adapted for specific populations.

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 videotape; clinical case material, role-play exercises and discussion. There will be 10 half-days of face-to-face teaching. 

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Assessment will be by one two-hour unseen examination.

Formative assessment methods:

As part of the module, students will have a session preparing them for the examination. This will involve looking at marking criteria and model answers, as well as writing and marking an answer to an examination question from a past paper. Exam answers will be marked by peers during the session and grades are to guide students rather than to be used in the assessment of the module.

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:

Assessment 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):

1) Required text books: 2) Specialist equipment or materials: 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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