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PSYC8014 Practitioner Training - Placement 2

Module Overview

This module builds on the foundation clinical skills established in PSYC 8013. Trainees gain experience of clinical work in an additional setting offering experience of working with working age and/or older adults. Trainee clinical psychologists will gain an understanding of the role of clinical psychology within the service and experience of working within the team. Trainees will work with service users with a range of presenting problems typical of the service as defined in the placement contract. They will refine engagement skills and use their knowledge of a range of models including CBT, systemic approaches and neuropsychological approaches to consolidate competencies in assessment, formulation and evidence based interventions, focussing on intervention skills, relapse prevention and therapeutic endings. Trainees will be encouraged to identify transferrable skills and to consider how these can be adapted to the individual needs of service users.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • have experience of working with adults across the lifespan from 18 to the end of life and be aware of developmental and cohort issues.
  • have experience of working with service users with a range of presentations from acute to enduring, from mild to severe and with biological and neuropsychological causation
  • have developed competencies in establishing a therapeutic relationship with adults with diverse experiences
  • will have gained experience and of managing the therapeutic cycle or assessment to measuring outcomes with particular focus on managing endings and relapse prevention and recognising their own capacity to help
  • demonstrate theory practice links and identify transferrable skills.
  • demonstrate knowledge of identifying and managing risk


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 complete 63 days of supervised clinical practice organised over 21 weeks. Syllabus content will vary according to the setting and the individuals learning needs as identified by summative and formative assessment in PSYC8013 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. Trainees will be visited by their personal tutor midway through the placement to review their progress.

Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Kuyken.W, Padesky. C.A. and Dudley.R. (2011). Collaborative case conceptualisation. 

K.Laidlaw (2015). CBT for older people. 


Assessment Strategy

Summary of assessment methods: Formative assessment of this module takes place via feedback in supervision, mid placement visit review and completion of the trainee competency portfolio. Summative assessment takes place via the Supervisor End of Placement Form.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Practice 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 are allocated a placement base and will be required to fund travel from their home address to this base. If they are allocated a placement which is further away than their nominated base they are entitle to claim business mileage for the additional cost of this travel.

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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