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PSYC8035 Practitioner Training: Placement 5

Module Overview

The placement setting will be determined by the need to ensure that the trainee is able to gain a level of clinical competence (as defined by the Log of Clinical Competence) appropriate for completion of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology and application for entry to the HCPC register of Practitioner Psychologists. Consideration will also be given to the trainee’s desire to gain experience of work with a specific client group or in specialist clinical skills.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module provides the opportunity for trainee clinical psychologists to develop advanced therapeutic skills and prepare for their role post qualification, building on modules complete in Years 1 and 2.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • have had the opportunity to gain experience in all key area of the Log of Clinical Competence.
  • under supervision has had the opportunity to practice with a level of autonomy and been enabled to exercise independent professional judgement whilst demonstrating an awareness of appropriate legal and professional boundaries
  • have knowledge and experience of identifying and managing risk.
  • gained knowledge and experience of leadership roles and how to influence services at a strategic level.
  • have experience and knowledge of providing consultancy and supervision.


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 120 days of supervised clinical practice organised over 33 weeks. The placement is initially three days a week but increases to four days a week at the end of Semester 2. Syllabus content will vary according to the setting and the individuals learning needs as identified by summative and formative assessment in Psyc 8016 but will address the learning outcomes.

Special Features

Any adjustments required will be negotiated with the placement provider

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 They are expected to observe, and be observed by their supervisor. Trainees will be expected to be increasingly autonomous within the bounds of their professional competence and take responsibility for managing their workload and for day to day clinical decision making. Trainees are expected to gain experience of consultation, supervision and leadership roles. Trainees will be visited by their personal tutor amid way through the placement to review their progress.

Total study time700

Resources & Reading list

Scaife.J (2008). Supervision in Clinical Practice: A Practitioners Guide. 

Gilbert. P and Leahy.R. (2007). The therapeutic relationship in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Trainee evaluation Form 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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