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PSYC3002 Current issues in Clinical Psychology

Module Overview

The module will provide an introduction to adult psychopathology, to present the psychological and biological models that have been developed to explain a variety of psychological disorders, and to examine both the empirical foundation of these modules and the treatments based upon them such as cognitive therapy. Each session will focus on a new disorder and will typically discuss: i) diagnosis and classification; ii) epidemiology; iii) theoretical approaches to understanding the aetiology and maintenance of the disorder(s) (with particular reference to psychological models); iv) empirical evaluations of basic processes proposed by theoretical models; and v) theory-driven treatments and their efficacy. While the majority of the sessions will be given by the module convenor, there will be guest lectures from clinical psychologists working in the NHS, and experts on particular topics (e.g. anxiety).

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the major mental disorders suffered by adults and understand how they are classified
  • Understand current theoretical approaches to understanding the aetiology and maintenance of these disorders
  • Critically evaluate psychological and biological theories with reference to the relevant evidence base
  • Appreciate translation of clinical theory and empirical evaluation into clinical practice and treatment development


The following topics will be covered: History of psychopathology and evaluation of classification systems, Depression, Psychosis, Anxiety disorders / OCD, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Addiction, Personality Disorders, Tic disorders and Tinnitus / Dementia.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly double lectures and supplementary tutorial sessions.

Independent Study124
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kring, A.M., Johnson, S.L., Davison, G.C., & Neale, J.M. (2013). Abnormal Psychology. 

Davey, G. (2014). Psychopathology. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Case Reports 33%
Research Participation 1%
Written assignment 66%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC1016

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