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PSYC8030 Specialist Skills

Module Overview

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

Module Aims

The overall aim of this module is to develop skills in devising, implementing and evaluating one’s own clinical skills and knowledge development using a professional CPD framework. It also aims to ensure that the trainees’ learning during this module is applied clinically within an evidence-based approach. There is a lot of flexibility in how to meet learning needs but this must be considered within a realistic timeframe and budget that must be approved by the Module Lead or Programme Director. Your programme of study could include attendance at courses that are either internal or external to the university, small-group tutorials, peer supervision, appropriate reading, utilising on-line resources and application of learning whilst on your 3rd year placement.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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 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 reflect on your clinical practice in your specialist area

Syllabus

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 2.2.1.1, 2.2.1.3, 2.2.1.4 and 2.2.1.9 Personal and Professional Skills and Values 2.2.7.5 and 2.2.7.7

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 resources.

TypeHours
Teaching50
Clinical Practice40
Independent Study60
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Clinical Psychology: Continuing Professional Development Guidelines.

Transforming our Healthcare System – Ten Priorities for Commissioners.

Golding, L., Gray, I. (2006). Continuing Professional Development for Clinical Psychologists – A Practical Handbook. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Beinart, H., Kennedy, P. & Llewelyn, S. (2009). Clinical Psychology in Practice. 

Clinical Leadership Development Framework.

Supporting information and guidance: Supporting effective clinical supervision. Care QualityCommission.

Blackwell. especially Part III Professional Practice

Assessment

Formative

Clinical Log

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation  (45 minutes) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

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:

Other

The student is given a budget of £350 each for their CPD

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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