Clinical Psychology 2 - PSYC5980

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Martin Anson checkmark-circle


• Overview of clinical psychology, historical and current clinical and service issues.
• Social Inequalities, mental health and mental health services.
• Childhood autism and early intervention.
• Working with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
• Behavioural interventions in learning disabilities.
• Issues in community care.
• Vulnerable populations and mental health.
• Advances in clinical behaviour analysis.
• Clinical psychology training


Contact hours

The module will be taught by lectures, seminars and private study.

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


Compulsory to the following courses:
• Psychology with Clinical Psychology
• Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology/Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year

Optional to the following courses:
• BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with a Year Abroad
• BSc in Social Psychology
• BSc Business Psychology

Not available wild. Available for Short-Term Credit students subject to school/convenor approval.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Exam (2 hours) 80%
Essay (2000 words) 20%

An alternative assessment may be provided for those short-term students who will no longer be registered when the examination takes place. This will take the form of an essay, and will be of 3,500 words in length and submitted at the same time as the other coursework essay.

Reassessment methods: Like for like.

Indicative reading

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (

• Hunsley, J. & Lee, C. M. (2014). Introduction to Clinical Psychology: An evidence-based approach (2nd Edition). Ontario: Wiley. ISBN: 9780470835807

• O'Donohue, W. Fisher, J. E. Hayes, S. C. (Eds) (2008). Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Applying empirically supported techniques in your practice (2nd Edition). New Jersey: Wiley. ISBN: 0471236144.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the range of areas in which a clinical psychologist might work.
2. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the range of specialisms in which a clinical psychologist might work.
3. demonstrate an appreciation of the centrality of the service user to all work conducted by a clinical psychologist.
4. describe in a balanced and critical manner the issues raised in lectures, in outlining how theory and research can be used effectively in practice.
5. present material with evidence of the use of relevant literature to support arguments.

Generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. draw on published research and theory to formulate an argument.
2. demonstrate an ability to understand abstract concepts and communicate them in writing, .
3. demonstrate an ability to use information technology (word processing, email, internet use).


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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