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PSYC3533 Clinical Psychology: Cognitive Behavioural Formulation for Disorders

15 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Judith Johnson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of all pass for progression modules in Level 2 of: BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology

This module is mutually exclusive with

PSYC3532Eating Disorders

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able:

- To provide a background to Clinical Psychology as a profession, to outline the remit of Clinical Psychology, and to introduce the concept of psychological formulation
- To discuss evidence regarding the precipitants, causes and maintaining factors for several prevalent psychological disorders
- To critique and discuss a range of cognitive behavioural formulation approaches for different disorders
- To develop skills in utilising models to formulate information from case studies

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should have:

- An understanding of the remit of Clinical Psychology
- An appreciation for the wide range of precipitants, causes and maintenance factors for psychological disorders
- An ability to critique different perspectives on the causes of psychological disorders
- Knowledge of a range of psychological models for understanding disorders
- An ability to use psychological models to formulate information from case studies
- An ability to evaluate and critique research studies investigating CBT and psychological therapies

Skills outcomes
- Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in the selection, evaluation and application of published research relating to clinical psychology, formulation and CBT
- Students will develop skills in applying theory to practice, via the application of models to case examples
- Students will gain an appreciation for the ways in which wider policy and health service initiatives impact upon the delivery mental health care interventions


Lecture list:
1. Introduction to Clinical Psychology and CBT formulation
2. Depression: Classification, Causes, Models and Formulation
3. Anxiety: Classification, Causes, Models and Formulation
4. Suicidality: Classification, Causes, Models and Formulation
5. Bipolar Disorder: Classification, Causes, Models and Formulation
6. Psychosis: Classification, Causes, Models and Formulation
7. Eating disorders: Classification, Causes, Models and Formulation
8. Clinical Psychology in the workplace
Students will develop group presentations and present these in smaller seminars (15-20 students per seminar).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours131.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will have 131 private study hours. It is envisaged that this time will be spent as follows:

Reading for each lecture: 8 x 5 hours 40 hours
Preparation for the seminar: 17 hours
Revision and practice exam questions 17 hours
Independent literature searches and reading 57.5 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

To monitor progress, in weeks 4-6 students will be asked to engage with a problem-based learning seminar (groups of 15-20). This will require them to utilise material provided in lectures and information from independent research to outline how they would assess and formulate a case example. Students will receive formative feedback on their work. This assessment will provide students with the opportunity to develop independent research skills, formulation skills and skills in critical thinking. Completion of this is optional.
In week 6, students will be offered the opportunity to complete an in-course MCQ test. This will provide students with practice questions for the final MCQ exam. This will be graded and feedback on performance will be provided to students. Completion of this will be optional.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ18 item MCQ0.00
Tutorial Performance1.5 hour problem-based-learning0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The exam consists of MCQ (20%) and the evaluation and use of a psychological model to formulate information from a case study (80%).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:21:45


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