PYMCT1-Focused Clinical Training And Supervision: Basic Level

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
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
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Katherine Simons


Type of module:

Summary module description:

• To train clinicians to implement evidence-based psychological treatment to an extremely high standard. • To obtain patient outcomes comparable to those obtained from randomized controlled trials • To teach clinicians how to prepare case material appropriately to maximise their use of supervision

• To train clinicians to implement evidence-based psychological treatment to an extremely high standard.
• To obtain patient outcomes comparable to those obtained from randomized controlled trials
• To teach clinicians how to prepare case material appropriately to maximise their use of supervision

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability:
•To understand one specific evidence-based psychological theory in depth. This will be assessed via the extended case report.
•To implement effectively a protocol-driven evidence-based psychological treatment. This will be assessed via the case reports, Extended case report and the Cognitive Therapy Scale Revised (CTS-R).
•To critically evaluate their own use of evidence-based psychological theories and treatment for the specific disorder in which they are being trained. This will be assessed via the case report and Extended case report.
•To constructively discuss and appraise the clinical work of themselves and others presented in small discussion groups. This will be assessed via the modified Cognitive Therapy Scale Revised (CTS-R).

Additional outcomes:
•Students will obtain supervision on cases.
•A training log specifying the length of study, number of taught hours and a record of the lecturers, tutors or mentors participating in a therapist’s training must be kept by the student.

Outline content:
•Clinical teaching/supervision will be given on patients seen by an expert in delivering that specific evidence-based psychological intervention.
•Clinical contact comprising a minimum of 3 patients with the specific disorder that is being targeted.
•Discussion and peer supervision groups throughout.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Direct discussion of theoretical material relevant to patients within supervision context; clinical placements; ‘homework’ to plan intervention for next therapy session, within group presentations of cases being treated. Details of supervised clinical practice and case mix will be recorded in a training log. There will be face-to-face contact hours of teaching in the form of a clinical skills class given in a group setting. Students will receive clinical supervision in pairs or groups. In addition, students will have a minimum of five therapy sessions with each of the three patients required for this module. 

Contact hours:

  • Approximately 20 hours of taught clinical skills and 20 hours of supervision

  • Total contact hours for this module will be a minimum of 200, to include lectures and work-based learning, supervision, guided independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 13 7
Project Supervision 13 7
Guided independent study: 80 80
Total hours by term 106 94
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 66.7
Practical skills assessment 33.3

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Summative Assessment Methods: 

A&F Case Report – 33.3%

Extended Case Report – 33.3%

Clinical Recording accompanying extended case report – 33.3%

1. A case report detailing the assessment and formulation of one of the patients being treated (2,500 words). 

2. An extended case report critically discussing the research evidence for the treatment (5000 words). This case report will be for a different patient than the shorter case report to ensure that the intervention is being applied correctly for another patient, and to demonstrate knowledge of the broader literature.

3. This extended case report will be accompanied with an audio/video recording of a clinical session from the relevant patient. This will be formally assessed via the Cognitive Therapy Scale - Revised (CTS-R) which is the standard instrument in the field. The CTS-R will be modified depending on the evidence-based psychological treatment being used and the disorder for which it is being used (e.g., for bulimia nervosa, implementation of key specific components of the protocol would be rated). The progress of all patients will be assessed by giving symptom measures throughout treatment.

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
•50% average with no individual assignment achieving less than 50%
•to have conducted therapy sessions with a minimum of three patients for at least five sessions each (total 15 sessions)
•a minimum of 80% attendance for each component

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%.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 19 August 2019


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