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PSYC8015 Practitioner Training - Placement 3

Module Overview

Trainees will work with a range of presenting problems typical of the service and informed by the guidelines produced by the relevant special interest group. Skills development will include engaging with children and adolescents and awareness of adaptations of style and content which may be required including taking issues related to the power differential into account. They will gain experience of evaluating, selecting and using a range of assessment instruments appropriate to the client group. Formulation skills will be further developed taking into account the gender, class, culture and beliefs of their clients and their families. Trainees will develop knowledge and critical appraisal of evidence based interventions from a range of models including neuropsychological, behavioural, cognitive behavioural and systemic to plan and implement interventions for a range of emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties presented by the children and their families referred to the service. They will evaluate outcomes and reflect on the effectiveness of their interventions within this context.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Take account of the complexity of work with children and work in partnership with their families, carers and other professionals involved including awareness of the power differential in relation to the child, their family and the wider social and professional contexts
  • Engage and involve children and families in assessment, formulation and interventions planned in a meaningful way, adapting practice to take account of cultural, psychological and developmental issues which may affect explicit and implicit communication within the therapeutic relationship
  • Work effectively with the multidisciplinary team and communicate effectively with other professionals involved with the child and family
  • Select appropriately and use a range of informal and formal assessment instruments appropriate to the client group including neuropsychological and psychometric instruments specific to use with children and adolescents
  • Develop psychological formulations using the results of assessment materiel and drawing on relevant theoretical models including developmental, neuropsychological and therapeutic to form the basis for interventions with individuals and families
  • Implement interventions based on your formulations, using a range of evidence based and theoretical models. These may be directly with the child or indirectly through their family or other carers involved.
  • Reflect on and evaluate interventions with the possibility of having to recognise when intervention may be inappropriate or ineffective
  • Write a range of reports addressing the complexity of the child and adolescent context.
  • Reflect on all aspects of your practice and development within the supervisory context


You will be assigned to your Child and Adolescence placement for your third or fourth placement under the supervision of a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with at least two years of post qualification experience. The range of settings will vary including community based CAMH services, inpatient and outpatient hospital based services. You will work for 3 days per week over a 21 week period. The syllabus content will vary according to the setting but will address the learning outcomes

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will learn through supervised practice and self-directed reading and reflection. There will be a minimum of one hour of direct supervision and up to three hours of indirect contact. You will observe and be observed by your supervisor and are also likely to observe other members of the multidisciplinary team. Supervision will involve skills learning, feedback, and facilitation of theory practice links and consideration of your professional role development. You will be increasingly responsible for managing your workload and day to day clinical decision making according to your level of development under supervision over the course of your second year of training. You will be visited by your personal tutor at approximately the midpoint of the placement to review progress.

Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Kendall, P.C., and Comer, J.S., (2010). Childhood Disorders. 

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

Carr, A. (2006). The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychology: A contextual approach. 

On-line resources.


Assessment Strategy

Trainees can repeat the module once only. Two module fails result in programme failure. Further details are available in the programme handbook.


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Competence 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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 expected to pay for their travel between home and their placement base. If they are allocated a placement which is further than their placement base they are entitled to claim for the additional miles from their employer. If they are allocated a placement on the Isle of Wight and are not normally resident there they may be entitled to overnight accommodation and subsistence.

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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