PSYC8031 Professional Development andLeadership
This module focuses on the knowledge, skills, and behaviours that underpin the professional practice of clinical psychology post-qualification and builds on professional practice issues that were first introduced in the Foundations of Clinical Psychology Practice module in the first year, and runs alongside specialist practice skills being taught in the third year. The module will revisit the responsibilities of professional practice, building on these within three, related topic areas: 1) the wider context; 2) organisational complexity and 3) Level 5 leadership. 1. The wider context. This strand will enable trainees to engage with the wider political and social context within which they will operate. It will involve teaching on governmental and policy processes and consultation procedures, as well as engagement with relevant policy literature. 2. Organisational complexity. Clinical psychologists work in an increasingly complex environment, in which the will need to engage with the consequences of limited resources. This poses questions around ethical and effective working, requiring new thinking about delivery of services. These issues will be tackled in teaching and experiential learning. 3. Level 5 Leadership. The literature on L5 leadership (e.g. Collins, 2008) is an inherently psychological one, requiring reflection on internal experiences to enhance leadership behaviours such as decision-making and personel management. This framework will be taught and participants will be encouraged to engage with it making use of personal experience.
Aims and Objectives
Professional Development and Leadership
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- describe and critique the key roles and responsibilities involved in complex working
- formulate complex organisational ethics issues and articulate appropriate ways of responding to these
- critically appraise and make use of models of leadership (and specifically Collins’ Level 5 leadership model) and how these can be used to inform leadership behaviours in applied healthcare settings.
- describe the development and implementation of governmental policy in health and social care.
The syllabus is organised around the following areas: • Re-visiting professional roles and responsibilities • The national context including policy generation, consultation and dissemination, and translation to practice • Complex, ethical issues: moving beyond the personal to ethical questions around setting up and delivering fair and equitable services • Models of leadership and how they are applied in applied healthcare settings (making specific reference to the Level 5 Leadership model) • Career trajectories and opportunities • Accreditation with professional bodies
This module has a number of special features. The first is training provided by the parliamentary outreach service, which may be delivered at Westminster. This will be associated, where possible, with an experience of sitting in on a select committee. The second is that a number of supervision, shadowing and internship experiences will be available to undertake in your third year (although the availability of these may be variable).
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching will comprise a number of different methods including lectures, seminars, problem-based learning, e-learning, directed reading, and independent study. Skills-based competencies will be taught through demonstrations, experiential learning, simulated role plays, and using multi-media resources. Some field-work (in the form of visits) will be involved.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Collins, J. (2006). Good to great and the social sectors.
Collins, J. (2001). Good to great.
A field trip to the Houses of Parliament is a component of the module. The trainees will visit the outreach team for a session on accessing and influencing policy, together with attendance at a health select committee to see policy formation in action (depending on availability). The cost of this will be around £500 for train tickets, which will be borne by the employer.
|Report (1000 words)||50%|
|Report (1000 words)||50%|
|Coursework assignment(s) (1000 words)||100%|
Repeat type: Internal & External
Costs associated with this module
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:
Travel Costs for placements
Travel to and from internships / visits will need to be considered. Some texts will need to be purchased.
Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.