DClinPsy:Foundation Clinical Practice II MED6033

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 50
  • Level: Level 6 (SCQF level 12)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course combines lectures and clinical practice placements that help trainees to acquire, demonstrate, and consolidate skills in the assessment, formulation, and treatment of mental health problems seen in adults and older adults.


Trainees will attend theory-based lectures in the field of Adult Mental Health along with a placement in an applied clinical psychology setting.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students must satisfactorily demonstrate all learning tasks, placement activities, and evaluations to receive credit.


1. Single Case Study - up to 5000 words (word length reflects scope to synthesise client information, psychological models and reflections)


2. Supervisors evaluation of clinical competence based on direct observations of clinical work and professional functioning (pass/fail)

Course Aims

To consolidate and extend trainee knowledge of the clinical psychological evidence relevant to working in adult mental health settings.

To consolidate and develop trainee assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation, and communication skills within adult mental health settings.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

All learning outcomes are benchmarked to the standards of proficiency and the competence frameworks stipulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).


By the end of the course, students will be able to:


Demonstrate a critical understanding of forefront psychological models, and their application to clients' experiences, when working with adults experiencing a range of common mental health difficulties


Demonstrate critical and detailed knowledge of a number of therapeutic models relevant to working with adult clients affected by a range of mental health difficulties


Comprehensively demonstrate the ability to adaptively apply the range of skills and techniques and materials relevant to the use of Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in working with adults experiencing a range of common mental health difficulties


Use a substantial range of skills, techniques and practices including, assessment, formulation (and where appropriate reformulation), intervention and evaluation in a way that demonstrably leads to relevant treatment outcomes.


Use specialised skills to manage increasingly complex therapeutic relationships.


Understand and address complex ethical and professional issues while working in a reflective, self-critical manner.


Demonstrate clinical leadership and originality in identifying and managing mental health difficulties

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.


Students must also complete 500 hours of work placement and satisfactorily demonstrate all learning tasks, placement activities and evaluations to receive credit.