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PSYC8016 Practitioner Training - Placement 4

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to provide trainees with a range of experience representative of Clinical Psychology work with people who have a learning disability, their families, carers and others involved in service provision. Trainees will work across a range of settings and services as part of integrated learning disability teams. Trainees will gain experience of work with a range of presenting problems typical of the host service and informed by professional guidelines. They will develop skills in engaging with people with a learning disability including an awareness of adaptations of style and content which may be required and will take into account the impact of power difference on the lives and experience of service users. Trainees will gain experience of using a range of assessments appropriate to the client group. They will take into account systemic issues including gender, class and culture and the beliefs of clients. They will use their knowledge and skills in critical evaluation of evidence based interventions from systemic, neuropsychological, behavioural and cognitive models to plan and implement interventions for a range of emotional, behavioural and coping difficulties and evaluate outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • LO1: Take account of the complexity of work with people with learning disabilities including awareness of the power differential in relations to the person and their carers, the services and the wider professional and social context. LO2 Engage and involve clients with learning disabilities in the processes of assessment , formulation and interventions, adapting practice to take account of the level and type of disability, cultural and psychological issues. LO3: Work effectively with the multidisciplinary team and demonstrate effective communication with other professionals and carers. LO4: Select, use and evaluate appropriately a range of formal and informal assessment instruments appropriate to the client group including neuropsychological and psychometric assessments. LO5: Develop formulations using the results of assessments and drawing on relevant theory including developmental, biological, neuropsychological and therapy specific models. LO6: Implement interventions based on formulations using a range of evidence based and theoretical models; ether directly with the client or indirectly through carers or services. LO7: Reflect on and evaluation interventions and recognise when an intervention has been ineffective or inappropriate. LO8: Learn to write a range of reports and records in accordance with local practice and relevant legislation, protocols and guidance. LO9: Develop their skills of reflection within the supervisory context.


Trainees are assigned to their Learning Disability placement in their third or fourth placement under the supervision of an HCC registered Clinical Psychologist with at least two years post qualification experience. They will work on placement 3 days a week over a 22 week period. Trainees will gain experience of working with people with a learning disability, their carers and other professionals in a range of settings including residential, day care and work settings.

Learning and Teaching

Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Carr, A et al (eds) (2016). The Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice. 

Sinason.V (2010). Mental handicap and the human condition. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical assessment 100%


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 allocated a placement base and are expected to fund travel from home to this base. Should they be allocated further from home they are entitled to claim additional travel expenses and the cost of any placement related travel. Should the trainee be allocated a placement on the Isle of Wight it may be possible to arrange overnight accommodation.

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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