PYMBWT-Basic Skills for Working with Trauma

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: A pre-requirement for studying these modules is to have passed PYMIN1 or PYMIN3 in either the current qualification programme, or in previous qualifications gained with CWI
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Katherine Simons

Email: katherine.simons@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module will focus on all of the basic understanding and skills students will need in order to work with clients who experience PTSD (following type I trauma). Students will gain an understanding of psychological theories and of the current evidence-based interventions for treating PSTD. In particular, students will gain skills in the assessment and formulation of PTSD as well as in specific therapeutic techniques in working with PTSD. Emphasis will also be placed on students’ own self-care when working with highly distressed clients. The aims of the module are to: 1. Train students in current research and psychological theories of PTSD. 2. Develop skills in assessment and formulation of PTSD. 3. Train students in evidence-based psychological treatment of PTSD, specifically skills in trauma-focused CBT, as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). 4. Train students in optimizing outcome for their clients by taking individual differences and contexts into consideration. 5. The importance of students’ own self-care will also be emphasized. 6. To constructively discuss the clinical work of themselves and others presented in small discussion groups.


Aims:

 This module will focus on all of the basic understanding and skills students will need in order to work with clients who experience PTSD (following type I trauma). Students will gain an understanding of psychological theories and of the current evidence-based interventions for treating PSTD. In particular, students will gain skills in the assessment and formulation of PTSD as well as in specific therapeutic techniques in working with PTSD. Emphasis will also be placed on students’ own self-care when working with highly distressed clients.



 The aims of the module are to:



 1. Train students in current research and psychological theories of PTSD.



 2. Develop skills in assessment and formulation of PTSD.



 3. Train students in evidence-based psychological treatment of PTSD, specifically skills in trauma-focused CBT, as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).



 4. Train students in optimizing outcome for their clients by taking individual differences and contexts into consideration.



 5. The importance of students’ own self-care will also be emphasized.



 6. To constructively discuss the clinical work of themselves and others presented in small discussion groups.


Assessable learning outcomes:
-To understand psychological theories of PTSD. This will be assessed through a knowledge and skills exam.

Additional outcomes:

 - Students will gain confidence in working with clients with PTSD.



 - Academically, students will develop skills in critical appraisal of research and develop theory-practice links.



 - Through the small group discussions during teaching, students will gain skills in becoming a reflective practitioner.



 - Students will also develop and apply skills in self-care.


Outline content:

Topics to be covered include:



 a) diagnostic criteria, epidemiology and co-morbidity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)



 b) psychological theories of PTSD



 c) assessment and formulation of PTSD



 d) basic skills of trauma-focused CBT (constructing a narrative account, identification of hot spots, enhanced reliving, thought challenging, behavioural experiments, stimulus discrimination training)



 e) additional issues (stabilisation, grounding techniques, reclaiming your life, visiting the trauma site)



 f) self-care for therapists



 The key reference for this module is: Ehlers, A. & Clark, D.M. (2000).


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The aims of this module will be achieved through four day workshops, which will incorporate lectures, role-plays, small group discussions, and small homework assignments. Students’ knowledge and skills will be assessed through an exam, which will take place at the end of the teaching..



Contact hours:



4 workshop (teaching) days = 23 hours



Total contact hours for this module will be a minimum of 200, to include teaching workshops and guided independent study.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 23
Guided independent study: 177
       
Total hours by term 32
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Class test administered by School 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Knowledge Assessment
The questions include an assessment of the students' (i) knowledge of the theory they have learned and (ii) knowledge of the treatment resulting from that theory.

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50%. A minimum of 80% attendance is required.

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

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Last updated: 19 August 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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