Practical Placements - TZ864

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Yearlong 7 60 (30) PROF J Beadle-Brown checkmark-circle


The aim of the placements is to give students practical skills in analysis and intervention in intellectual and developmental disabilities, under skilled supervision

All students in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual Disabilities will be required to work in two different placements during their programme. The first placement will be based at the Tizard Centre supervised by Dr Julie Beadle-Brown. This placement will involve the assessment of a local service-providing organisation and the development and monitoring of an action plan with the service. Placement sessions occur mostly in week long blocks spread throughout the year from October to March, with part-time students conducting less of the assessment but continuing to monitor progress in the service until the beginning of July. Some of the sessions occur at the Tizard Centre and involve preparation for the work in the placements.

The second placement will happen during Term 3 and the summer (2-3 days per week for a total of 44 days). Part-time students do this placement in the second year of the course. These placements will be based in a community learning disability team, specialist or advisory service or a residential and day service, supervised by a clinical psychologist, or similarly trained practitioner. Students can expect to do some placement preparation or writing up work in their study time, although this should not be extensive. Students are expected to complete work with at least 3 clients (from assessment through to intervention and evaluation) during the placement plus to take advantage of any other opportunities available to them to broaden their experience and meet the placement objectives


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Placement module. See Synopsis.


All year

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Indicative reading

There is no specific required reading for these modules, apart from placement policies and practice documents. Readings from the academic modules will of course be necessary as background for this placement work.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Overall, on completion of the two placements, students will be able to:

? Conduct cognitive, emotional and social assessments with individuals (using carers as informants as well if necessary) and interpret these.
? Design or select and complete other relevant forms of assessment, including those requiring direct observations, rating scales and interviews, with managers, carers and service users.
? Design skill-building programmes with individuals and assess progress on these.
? Complete functional analyses and develop logical intervention plans, based on these assessments, at the individual level.
? Implement intervention plans, adjust them as necessary and evaluate their outcome.
? Measure quality of care in services by a variety of means, including direct observations, rating scales and interviews.
Assess quality of life in individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities, including by direct observations and interviews.
? Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate interventions to improve the quality of care and/or quality of life at the individual and service level.
? Assess staff attitudes and staff training needs by a variety of methods.
? Develop, deliver and evaluate interventions and training programmes for staff working in learning disability services (and other relevant staff or carers).
? Undertake research into analysis and intervention in learning disability services.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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