PYMLIC-Evidence-Based Low Intensity Interventions for Children and Young People presenting with Common Ment

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Pam Myles


Summary module description:

Children and Young People’s Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (CYP PWPs) aid clinical improvement through the provision of information and support for evidence-based low-intensity psychological treatments for common mental health problems experienced by CYPs. Low-intensity psychological treatments are designed to be less burdensome than traditional psychological treatments. 


This module provides training in the overall delivery of these interventions informed by behaviour change models and strategies. Examples of interventions include providing support for a range of low-intensity self-help interventions (often with the use of written self-help materials) informed by cognitive-behavioural principles, such as behavioural activation, exposure, cognitive restructuring, panic management, problem solving, CBT-informed sleep management, and computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) packages as well as supporting physical exercise and medication adherence where appropriate. Support is specifically designed to enable CYPs to optimise their use of self-management recovery information and may be delivered through face-to-face, telephone, email or other contact methods. CYP PWPs must also be able to manage any change in risk status.

This module will, therefore, equip CYP PWPs with a good understanding of the process of therapeutic support of CYPs, their families, friends and carers. Skills teaching will develop CYP PWPs general and disorder-defined ‘specific factor’ competencies in the delivery of low-intensity treatments informed by cognitive-behavioural principles.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students must demonstrate:

1) Ability to critically evaluate a range of evidence-based interventions and strategies to assist CYPs manage their emotional distress and disturbance.

2) knowledge of, and competence in developing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance with CYPs (and parents) during their treatment programme, including dealing with issues and events that threaten the alliance.

3) competence in planning a collaborative low-intensity psychological treatment programme for common mental health problems, including managing the ending of contact.

4) in-depth understanding of, and competence in the use of, a range of low-intensity, evidence-based psychological interventions for common mental health problems.

5) knowledge and understanding of, and competence in using behaviour change models and strategies in the delivery of low-intensity interventions.

6) ability to critically evaluate the role of case management and stepped care approaches to managing common mental health problems including ongoing risk management appropriate to service protocols.

7) knowledge of, and competence in supporting CYP with medication, to help them optimise their use of pharmacological treatment and minimise any adverse effects.

8) competency in delivering low-intensity interventions using a range of methods including face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Knowledge will be learnt through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussion groups, guided reading, self-practice/self-reflection activities, problem-based learning tasks, and independent study. Skills based competencies will be learnt through a combination of clinical simulation in small groups working intensively under close supervision with peer and tutor feedback and supervised practice through supervised direct contact with patients in the workplace.

Contact hours:

• 17 days in total

• 10 days to be spent in class in theoretical teaching and clinical simulation, the other 7 days to be spent in the workplace undertaking practice-based learning and supervision 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Total hours by term
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Other information on summative assessment:

1. A video-recording of a low-intensity treatment session with a child or young person treated by the trainee, in which the trainee is required to demonstrate skills in planning and implementing a low-intensity treatment programme. This recording will be assessed using a standardised assessment measure. 

2. A 3000-word case report related to the video recording in which trainees are also required to demonstrate knowledge and competence in using case management and clinical skills supervision.  This task includes a 500-word reflective commentary on the recording and a reflection on how supervision was used to support working with this patient.


These 2 assessments are equally weighted.

3. Successful completion of the following practice outcomes, to be assessed by means of a practice outcomes portfolio and signed off as satisfactory (PO 7, PO 8 and PO 9).

  • (PO7) Demonstrates experience and competence in the selection and delivery of treatment of a range of presenting problems using evidence based low-intensity interventions across a range of indicative diagnoses including depression and at least two anxiety disorders.

  • (PO8) Demonstrates the ability to use common factor competencies to manage emotional distress and maintain therapeutic alliances to support CYPs using low-intensity interventions.

  • (PO9) Demonstrates high-quality case recording and systematic evaluation of the process and outcomes of mental health interventions, adapting care on the basis of these evaluations.

Formative assessment methods:

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:

Requirements for a pass:

A mark of at least 50% in the skills based assessment (Assessment number 1). 

A mark of at least 50% for academic based assessments (Assessment number 2). 

A mark of ‘satisfactory’ on the practice outcomes (Assessment number 3).

A minimum of 100% attendance is required.

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%. A top-up week will be held after the end of the course, giving students the opportunity to complete any teaching sessions or assessments that were missed.  Students must successfully pass all modules of the CYP PWP training programme. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 9 May 2017

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