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PSYC6082 Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to the National Health Service (NHS) and an overview of mental health service provision for adults within the UK. Many of the lecturers on the Programme are practicing clinicians in the NHS and this will help you to understand the context in which they work. The development of mental health provision for adults in low and middle income countries is explored. Consideration is given to the role and responsibilities of the Clinical Psychologist, highlighting ethical practice and requirements for registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the requirements for professional registration outside the UK. Coverage is given to guidelines affecting the practice of clinical psychologists including National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines and relevant Acts of Parliament. Consideration is given to the application of ethical principles when working in countries which do not have professional registration of psychologists and limited funding for health services. The module covers western models of diagnosis, DSM and ICD, and evaluates the medical model of diagnosis. Consideration is given to cross-cultural issues in diagnosis. The core competencies of clinical psychologists are covered with particular emphasis on assessment and formulation as an alternative to the medical model. The application of western concepts of mental health to other cultures is considered. The module stretches across two semesters with the second semester focusing on the application of clinical psychology outside the UK.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of the clinical psychologist within and outside the UK • Develop your knowledge of guidelines governing the conduct and practice of clinical psychologists • Develop your understanding of different ways of conceptualising mental health problems

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Access information guiding professional practice of the clinical psychologist produced by the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society, the Health Care Professions Council, the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, National Institute of Clinical and Health Excellence and the Department of Health
  • Demonstrate your understanding of different ways of conceptualising mental health problems


Teaching starts by encouraging you to develop your own health service for a fictional country, given a limited budget and information on the population distribution and size of the country. The experience you gain in carrying out this activity will help you to appreciate the challenges facing the NHS and those countries which have little infrastructure and a very small health budget. You will then focus more specifically on mental health service provision and will receive teaching on the organisation of mental health services in Hampshire and the New Forest, from a practising NHS manager. Teaching on service provision outside the UK will be provided by visiting lecturers. A session led by a practising clinician will consider ethical issues related to case examples. The challenges facing a clinical psychologist who wishes to practice in a country which does not have registration for clinical psychologists will be covered. You will have the opportunity to consider cross-cultural application of models of diagnosis/therapy and will take part in a debate on this topic.

Special Features

experience of providing services in different cultures are involved in teaching. Where possible, visiting professionals from other countries will be invited to contribute to teaching. Students have a teaching session on presentation skills, with the opportunities for practice, prior to carrying out group presentations. You will develop the skill of giving feedback to your peers for the group presentation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will comprise a number of different methods including workshops, debate, seminars, group tasks, peer feedback, directed reading and independent study.

Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

American Psychiatric Association (2013). DSM 5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 

Tribe, R., Weerasinghe, D. and Parameswaran, S. (2014). Increasing mental health capacity in a postconflict country through effective professional volunteer partnerships: a series of case studies with government agencies, local NGOs and the diaspora community.. International review of Psychiatry. ,26 , pp. 558 - 565.

Department of Health (2006). Delivering Race Equality: A Framework for Action. 

Tribe, R. and Morrissey, J. (2015). Handbook of professional and ethical practice for psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists. 

American Psychiatric Association (2000). DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.. 

World Health Organisation (2013). ICD-11. The ICD 11 classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders. 

British Psychological Society (2009). Code of ethics and conduct. 

Resera, E., Tribe, R. and Lane, P. (2015). Interpreting in mental health, roles and dynamics in practice.. International journal of Culture and Mental Health. ,8 , pp. 192 -206.

World Health Organisation (2003). ICD-10: The ICD 10 classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders. 

British Psychological Society (2008). Generic Professional Practice Guidelines. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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