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PSY2027 : Pathways and Therapies in Clinical Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Laura Stevenson
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To introduce students to the different kinds of therapies and interventions offered in the profession of clinical psychology as well as EDI issues within clinical psychology. It will provide an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of a range of therapies. It will inform students of which mental health disorders the therapies are typically utilised for and in which clinical settings. It will provide an introduction into the theoretical frameworks, assessments and treatment interventions used within the therapies. It will inform students of the NHS settings clinical psychologists and psychological therapists work in, as well as a basic understanding of the different psychological professions across the clinical settings. It will equip students with knowledge of how to pursue particular career paths within the field.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to module
Introduction to CBT and its waves
CBT for mental health disorders and the current evidence base
Third wave approaches
Systemic therapy
Academia & clinical psychology
Different clinical settings in the NHS
Wrapping up

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Preparation for assessment, mock practice and completion of assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Synchronous present in person
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading691:0069:00General reading and revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous present in person; the hour will be filled with various activities including Ombea quizzes, group discussions, engagement in pre-lecture material for discussions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00PIP - Assessment preparation session, including explanation of the assessment and interactive exercises to support mock practice of the assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture materials are used as the most effective mode of imparting the core knowledge of the module. Small group teaching sessions provide students with the opportunity to acquire more in-depth knowledge, improve understanding, and prepare them for the exam. During the workshop session, students will receive a full explanation of the assessment, along with interactive exercises to prepare them for the assessment. Private study is essential for in-depth review of knowledge imparted through lecture materials.
Interactive elements of the teaching will help students to critically reflect on appropriateness of clinical interventions.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation2M100Pre-recorded 10 minute oral presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The presentation gives students the opportunity to present and reflect on a clinical vignette which will assess knowledge of clinical interventions and different clinical settings. The students will be required to reflect on and make reference to specific aspects of module content demonstrating a broad and deep engagement with the material.

Reading Lists