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PSYC3002 Current issues in Clin Psych

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.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To 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 foundations of these models and the treatments based upon them such as cognitive therapy.

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

Syllabus

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. The following topics will be covered: 1. History of psychopathology and evaluation of classification systems; 2. Depression; 3. Psychosis; 4. General introduction to anxiety disorders; 5. Panic Disorder; 6. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; 7. Addiction; 8. Sexual Disorders; 9. Personality Disorders; 10. Module Review; and 11. Careers in Mental Health. 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).

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
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. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 66%
Research Participation 1%
Research poster 33%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%
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