PYMTM2-Treatments and Models 2

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer 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:
Students are required to have passed the assessment for either PYMIN1 or PYMIN3. Additionally it is preferable for students to have completed PYMTM1 prior to taking this module.


To train clinicians to understand the evidence-based theory for a range of Axis I psychological disorders and more complex cases (e.g., with multiple co-occurring diagnoses, including Axis II psychopathology).

To teach clinicians how to treat patients with multiple complex problems in an evidence-based way.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand evidence-based psychological theories for a range of psychological disorders and to be able to apply evidence-based psychological principles for psychological problems which may not currently have an evidence-base (e.g., the treatment of co-occurring anxiety and depression). This will be assessed via the Knowledge Assessment.

  • To critically evaluate evidence-based psychological theories and treatment across Axis I and Axis II psychopathology. This will be assessed via Knowledge Assessment.

Additional outcomes:

Students will learn to constructively discuss and appraise the work of themselves and others presented in small discussion groups and/or role-plays.

Outline content:

1. Workshops equating to five full days on evidence-based psychological theory and treatments given by recognised national and international experts in the field. These workshops will include (but not limited to) topics such as:

  • Long-term conditions and CFS

  • Working with sexual diversity

  • Psychosis

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Body dysmorphic disorder

  • Specific phobia

  • Borderline personality disorder

  • Chronic pain

2. Discussion groups and/or role-plays within the workshops to discuss the psychological theory and treatment with the opportunity to present their own case.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Workshops/small group work; audio and video-tape; role-play exercises and discussion; 'homework' where the workshops are over multiple days. All teaching will take place in a group setting. 

Contact hours: (Each day is 5.75 hours)

  • 5 teaching days in total = 28.75 hours

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5.75 23
Guided independent study: 71.25 100
Total hours by term 77 123
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There will be a 2500 word essay based on the workshops associated with this module. The essay will include an assessment of the students' (i) knowledge of the theory they have learned, (ii) knowledge of the treatment resulting from that theory and (iii) critical reflection on their use of such theories and treatment within their current practice.

NB. It is their ability to critically reflect rather than implement the theory and treatment that is being assessed.

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%. 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 re-sit, on one occasion, the assessment that has been failed. The re-sit grade cannot exceed 50%.

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: 19 August 2019


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