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Module

PSY8074 : Clinical Sport & Exercise Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tracy Donachie
  • Lecturer: Dr Max Stone
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to introduce students to the field of clinical sport and exercise psychology. The content of the module focuses on the use of physical activity in the prevention, management and treatment of mental health conditions, such as depression and schizophrenia, as well as the application of psychological interventions derived from psychological models or theories to address a number of mental health challenges commonly experienced by individuals in sport and exercise settings, such as eating disorders and exercise addiction. A further aim will be to develop a critical understanding of how evidence and theory can be used to inform practice to help people overcome adoption and adherence issues associated with engaging in regular physical activity. The module is devised to provide students with a thorough theoretical grounding and an insight into the practice of clinical psychology within sport and exercise settings. Issues of ethical and professional conduct in the practice of sport and exercise psychology will also be covered in relation to The British Psychology Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct and Practice Guidelines, and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance, and Ethics.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will cover a broad range of topics as outlined below;

Psychology of Physical Activity Behaviour
Adoption and Adherence Issues
Interventions to Change Physical Activity Behaviour

Physical Activity and the Prevention, Management and Treatment of Mental Health Conditions
Depression
Schizophrenia
Anxiety Disorders

Mental Health Challenges in Sport and Exercise Settings
Risk factors (eg personality)
Exercise Dependence
Muscle Dysmorphia Disorder
Eating Disorders
Substance Misuse
Doping
Depression and Suicidality
Anxiety Disorders

Ethical and Professional Conduct

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:3016:30Present in person interactive lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Preparation and completion of coursework
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading103:0030:00Preparation for lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study193:3093:30Self-directed learning and further reading
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods will involve weekly lectures and independent study. The weekly lectures will provide students with an understanding of the core topics and include relevant theory and empirical content to present an overview of key information. Weekly lectures will incorporate a number of active learning exercises, such as students working in small groups on practical activities (e.g., problem-based case studies), designed to encourage group discussion, problem-solving, reflection, and collaborative learning.

Use of practical activities are also designed to enable students to develop skills in interpreting data within a theoretical framework, critical thinking, creative problem solving skills and linking theory to practice through the use of case formulation. The requirement for the student to access and interpret research will encourage enquiry based learning. In addition to the timetabled contact, students are expected to invest independent study time in directed reading of set articles and journal articles, study tasks, and reading around the subject. It is expected that students will come to lectures having completed the relevant reading and study tasks.

The module will also afford students the opportunity for formative practice and feedback. Discussions will take place in lectures and during active learning exercises enabling students to gain verbal feedback from both the module leader, lecturers, as well as their peers, concerning their theoretical knowledge and understanding of core concepts and communication skills (Intended Knowledge Outcome 1, 2, & 3; Intended Skill Outcome 1, 2, & 3).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M1003000 words grant report outlining a mental health literacy intervention
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment of this module consists of a report (3000 words) that will involve students writing a grant report outlining a mental health literacy program for a sport organisation. The report is intended to ensure that the students can utilise their theoretical knowledge in an applied context to design and evaluate the outcome of a psychological intervention based upon an appropriate psychological theory/model (Intended Knowledge Outcome 1, 2, & 3; Intended Skill Outcome 1, 2 & 3).

The module will also afford students the opportunity for formative feedback. Discussions will take place in lectures and during active learning exercises enabling students to gain verbal feedback from both the module leader, lecturers, as well as their peers, concerning their theoretical knowledge and understanding of core concepts and communication skills (Intended Knowledge Outcome 1, 2, & 3; Intended Skill Outcome 1, 2, & 3).

Reading Lists

Timetable