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PSYC8013 Practitioner Training - Placement 1

Module Overview

The module provides an initial experience of the role of the Clinical Psychologist in an NHS service, providing for adults across the adult lifespan (either working age and/or older adults). Trainee Clinical Psychologists will gain an understanding of the role of Clinical Psychology within the wider service and experience of contributing effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team. Trainees will work with service users with a range of presenting problems typical of the service with reference to the guidelines produced by the relevant special interest group. They will develop engagement skills which take into account the age, culture, gender, class and beliefs of the client. Trainees will use their knowledge and critical appraisal of evidence based models from a range of models including systemic and neuropsychological with particular focus on developing CBT skills.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • understand the role of the clinical psychologist within the placement setting.
  • have an awareness of professional standards of practice including the maintenance of confidentiality and professional boundaries, appropriate communication including the keeping of records and appreciating the importance of working within their level of competence
  • have experience of building therapeutic relationships with clients, taking into account their diverse needs.
  • have knowledge and experience of appropriate assessment techniques including psychometric measures used to assess outcomes.
  • have knowledge and experience of using assessments to formulate and intervene with clients and carers as individuals, couples and in groups
  • communicate effectively via letters and reports and contribute to team meetings in accordance with local practice, and relevant legislation and guidelines


Trainees will be assigned to an HCPC registered clinician working in a context providing services to either working age or older adults. This may be one of a range of settings including community mental health teams, inpatient mental health services; neuropsychology, health and specialist services for older adults. Trainees have 63 days of clinical practice organised over 21 weeks. The syllabus content will vary according to the setting but will address the learning outcomes.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Trainees learning will be via supervised practice and self-directed study and reflection. Trainees will receive a minimum of a hour of formal supervision with a suitably qualified HCPC registered clinician and up to three hours contact time each week Trainee will be expected to observe and be observed by their supervisor . Supervision will offer opportunities for skills learning, facilitation of theory practice links and management and reflection on the trainee’s professional development.

Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Beinart.H, Kennedy.P, & Llewelyn, S. (Eds) (2002). Clinical Psychology in Practice. 

Dallos, R. & Draper, R. (2010). An Introduction to Family Therapy. 

Westbrook, D, Kennerley.H, & Kirk,J. (2011). An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications. 

Woods, R.T. & Clare, L. (Eds). (2008). Handbook of the Clinical Psychology of Ageing. 


Assessment Strategy

Summary of assessment methods: Formative assessment of the module takes place via the mid placement review and via feedback provided in weekly supervision by the NHS supervisor. Feedback on attainment of BPS competencies is provided via joint completion of competency portfolio. Summative assessment is via Supervisor End of Placement form. Trainees are able to have one further attempt to retake this module at time determined by the Programme team.


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Competence  () 100%

Repeat Information

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

Trainees will be required to fund their travel from their home address to their placement. If allocated a placement which is further from home than their allocated base they will be entitle to claim any additional mileage from their employers. If allocated a placement on the Isle of Wight when not usually based there they may also be able to claim for overnight accommodation and subsistence costs.

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

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