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PSYC6128 Apprenticeship in Health Psychology

Module Overview

Working as a health psychology apprentice will improve your understanding of what it means to work in health psychology and permit you to develop subject-specific and generic professional skills. Supported by module staff, you will select a suitable psychologist to apprentice with. You will then work with them one day a week for the entire semester. Your work as an apprentice will help you to develop generic professional skills, along with skills specific to one or more core health psychology domains of research, teaching, consultancy, and interventions. For example, you might assist with intervention development and testing, collaborate on research projects with other members of a research team, and/or act as a trainee teaching assistant. These activities will be agreed between the student and apprenticeship supervisor prior to commencement on the module.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To offer practical experience of health psychology in action

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe how your work relates to one or more core health psychology domain
  • Evaluate the application of theory in health psychology
  • Critically reflect on your current skills related to health psychology
  • Work effectively under the supervision of a health psychologist
  • Demonstrate basic professional skills appropriate to a trainee health psychologist

Syllabus

Your work as an apprentice will help you to develop generic professional skills and skills specific to one or more core health psychology domains of research, teaching, consultancy, and interventions.

Special Features

Opportunity to experience supervised practice as a health psychology trainee

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

In this module you will learn through a period of supervised practice as a Health Psychology Apprentice. Supported by module staff, you will select a suitable health psychologist to apprentice with. You will then work under the supervision of that health psychologist one day a week for the entire semester. Your apprenticeship supervisor will offer opportunities for skills development that are embedded in their ongoing programme of work. This will allow you to become immersed in the day to day activities of a health psychologist. You will have opportunities to develop generic professional skills, along with skills specific to one or more core health psychology domains of research, teaching, consultancy, and interventions. For example, you might assist with intervention development and testing, collaborate on research projects, and/or act as a trainee teaching assistant. Your apprenticeship may also involve you working with other members of your supervisor’s group; in this way you can gain experience of team working and working with other groups of professionals. During the apprenticeship you will keep a logbook, in which you record your main activities and describe the skills you are developing.

TypeHours
Work based learning70
Assessment tasks30
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

MPhil/PhD Health Psychology Research & Professional Practice, University of Southampton.Programme Handbook – Appendix 1.

Competence framework for psychological interventions for people with persistent physical healthconditions.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Students who fail the module and fail the coursework (but not the practical work), will redo the coursework. Students who fail the module and fail the practical work (but not the coursework), will redo the practical work. Students who fail the module and fail both the practical work and the coursework, will undertake a second period of apprenticeship which will be rated by the supervisor and redo the coursework

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 70%
Practical work  () 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Costs

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

There are no additional compulsory costs. If you choose a health psychologist supervisor whose place of work is not located on Highfield campus, then you will be responsible for making (and funding) your own travel arrangements. These costs will vary depending on the location of your supervisor.

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.

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