PYMTHD-Therapy for Childhood Depression

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Summer & Autumn Terms
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Hannah Whitney

Email: h.l.whitney@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module will have a cognitive behavioural theoretical base with preference for approaches with the soundest evidence and where cognitive and behavioural techniques are integrated in therapy. The module will provide practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency.

Aims:
A.To increase students’ knowledge base of theory and research in CBT for depression
B.To promote a critical approach to the subject
C.To equip students to become skilled and creative independent CBT practitioners

The course will provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:
A. Practical competency in CBT for depression in young people
B. Practical competency in working collaboratively with parents and educational services as part of routine treatment of depression in young people
C. Adapting CBT interventions for younger children presenting with depression
D. Critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT and other psychological therapies for depression in children and young people

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the course students will be able to:
1. Construct maintenance and developmental CBT conceptualisations for depression in children and young people – assessed via case reports
2. Include in the conceptualisation child/young person developmental aspects and family life-cycle and dynamics as appropriate – assessed via case reports
3. Develop CBT specific treatment plans based on the conceptualisation – assessed via case reports
4. Practice CBT with children and young people with depression systematically, creatively and with good clinical outcome – assessed via rating of video-tape of session using standardised scale
5. Deal with complex issues arising in CBT practice – assessed via supervisor report
6. Take personal responsibility for clinical decision making in straightforward and more complex situations – assessed via supervisor report
7. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving therapeutic problems – assessed via case report
8. Practice as “scientist practitioners” advancing their knowledge and understanding and developing new skills to a high level – assessed via log book
9. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the principles of CBT application in children and young people and the evidence base for the application of CBT techniques – assessed via case report
10. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of CBT and depression – assessed via case report and reflective analysis
11. A critical understanding of the theoretical and research evidence for cognitive behaviour models and an ability to evaluate the evidence – assessed via case report
12. Demonstrate an ability to sensitively adapt CBT, and ensure equitable access taking into account cultural and social differences and values - assessed via log book and report by young person and/or parents.

Additional outcomes:
•Students will gain confidence in the assessment and treatment of young people with depression
•Academically, students will develop skills in critical appraisal of research and develop theory-practice links
•Reflective practice will be integrated as part of all training within the module

Outline content:

As a minimum, this module will comprise approximately 10 days of teaching, 9 days of clinical skills practice/supervised clinical practice, 12 hours supervision in-service and 5 days independent study. The module will be completed to obtain the required number of credits necessary for qualification (i.e. 30 credits). The teaching will be supplemented by an equivalent number of hours of clinical practice in the workplace under supervision of an experienced practitioner and supervisor. Clinical Supervision • Each student will have clinical supervision weekly in a group of no more than 4 with occasional individual sessions in place of the group sessions. • Recorded material from all 8 training cases should be included at some point during the supervision sessions. • At the end of the course when clinical work has been completed the supervisor will be asked to complete a pro-forma assessment form and indicate whether or not a student has reached a satisfactory level of clinical practice. The content follows a national curriculum.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The aims of this module will be achieved through a series of workshops, which will incorporate lectures, role-plays, and small group discussions. Supervision, clinical skills practice and rating of session recordings will take place after each teaching day. Supervision contact hours will total a minimum of 35 hours across the three modules (PYMBAS, PYMTHA and PYMTHD) and last from 9.30 to 4.30 p.m. In addition, they will be supplemented by e-learning material and experience of assessment and treatment of patients within the workplace. 



Contact hours: 

•    Teaching contact hours: average minimum of 50 hours; the total minimum teaching contact hours (including clinical skills workshops) summed across all course modules is over 200 hours.

•    Supervision contact hours: average minimum of 11.5 hours; the total minimum supervision contact hours summed across all course modules is 35.

•    Total contact hours for this module will be a minimum of 300, to include lectures and clinical skills, university and work-based supervision and guided independent study.



 


Contact hours:
One day counts as 6.25 hours) Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 62.5    
Tutorials/seminars 62.5    
Practicals      
Other contact (eg study visits)      
       
Total hours 125    
     
Number of essays or assignments 1. Case study of a child with depression (2500 or extended at 5500-6000)

 

2. Case study of an adolescent with depression (2500 or extended at 5500-6000; either 1 or 2 must be extended but not both)

3. One video-recording of therapy for depression using a standardised rating scale linked to 1. or 2.

4. 1000 word related written reflective analysis linked to 3.

   
Other (eg major seminar paper) 1. Portfolio comprising audit of cases, clinical log, training log, reports on feedback from supervisors and young people and/or parents on their experience of the therapy offered and report of the therapists's clinical outcomes over the course.  The audit of cases should demonstrate that the students have treated a minimum of 8 cases for at least 5 sessions for 3 different types of disorders (depression and at least two anxiety disorders) across the training period    

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Practical skills assessment 50

Other information on summative assessment:
There are 2 parts to this assessment.
1)Extended case study of a child or adolescent with depression (5000 words)
2)One video-recording of therapy for depression using a standardised rating scale linked to 1)


These 2 assessments are equally weighted.

Formative assessment methods:

Portfolio comprising audit of cases, clinical log, training log, reports on feedback from supervisors and young people and/or parents on their experience of the therapy offered and report of the therapist’s clinical outcomes over the course. The audit of cases should demonstrate that the students have treated a minimum of 8 cases for at least 5 sessions for 3 different types of disorders (depression and at least two anxiety disorders) across the training period. The Module 3 University Supervisor Report must be passed and placed inside the portfolio. Any student who fails the final University Supervisor Report will be required to submit a recording of a treatment session demonstrating skill in the areas of deficit identified by the supervisor. Once such a recording is deemed to pass on an agreed measure of competence and an appendix added to the supervisor report and placed inside the portfolio it can be submitted for final marking and contribute to PYMBAS marks.

Penalties for late submission:

The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
•where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
•where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
Refer to “Assessment” section above. Students must gain a mark of 50% or over in parts 1) and 2). Assessment 3) is marked as pass/fail which contributes to the mark of PYMBAS.

Reassessment arrangements:
Students who do not obtain the required pass mark in a specific part will be given the opportunity to retake that specific part on one further occasion. The re-sit grade cannot exceed 50%.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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