Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a professional requirement that facilitates your development as a Clinical Psychologist and allows the maintenance of a registration with the HCPC. The Specialist Skills module requires that you plan an individualised programme of study tailored to your specific requirements using a professional CPD plan (e.g., BPS or HCPC). Using your personalised CPD plan, this module is designed so that you can acquire specialist skills in the area/s in which you plan develop your knowledge and skills (e.g., leadership, supervision, CBT, systemic etc..). The development of knowledge and skills can comprise varied methods with the requirement to complete a CPD log and reflect on the learning experience throughout the application of learning.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- be able to critically evaluate the evidence-base for your specialist area of knowledge
- be able to demonstrate and evaluate theory-practice links in the application of your specialist area
- be able to identify your learning needs and plan a programme of study to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific area of clinical practice using a CPD professional framework
- be able to reflect on your clinical practice in your specialist area
The curriculum for this module will include teaching on how to identify learning needs, how to plan a programme of study to meet these needs, the implementation of the learning and how to record and reflect upon learning. The actual content of the module will vary between students depending on the nature of their specialist area and their specific learning needs.
This module is designed to meet the following BPS Core Competencies (http://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/Public%20files/PaCT/dclinpsy_standards_approved_may_2014.pdf):
Generalisable Meta-Competencies 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199
Personal and Professional Skills and Values 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching will comprise a number of different methods including lectures, seminars, individual tutorials,
problem-based learning, e-learning, directed reading, and independent study. Skills-based
competencies will be taught through demonstrations, simulated role plays, and using multi-media
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Blackwell. especially Part III Professional Practice
Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Golding, L., Gray, I. (2006). Continuing Professional Development for Clinical Psychologists – A Practical Handbook. Oxford: BPS Blackwell.
Beinart, H., Kennedy, P. & Llewelyn, S. (2009). Clinical Psychology in Practice. West Sussex: BPS.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Clinical Log
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External