Postgraduate taught 

Clinical Psychology DClinPsy

Child, adolescent, family theory practice MED6023

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • 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 children, young people, and their families.


Trainees will attend theory-based lectures in the field of Child, Adolescent and family mental health along with a placement in an applied clinical psychology setting.

Excluded Courses





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.

Course Aims

To develop trainee knowledge of the clinical psychological evidence relevant to working with children and their families.

To develop trainee assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation, and communication skills for work with children and their families

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, the trainees will be able to:


Demonstrate the acquisition, critical understanding, and application of forefront psychological models to the understanding and treatment of psychological and behavioural problems experienced by children and their families.


Demonstrate critical and detailed knowledge of a number of therapeutic models appropriate to working with children and their families.


Select, apply, and evaluate psychological theories relevant to the understanding and treatment of a range of psychological and behavioural problems commonly experienced by children, young people, and their families.


Create integrated and evidence based clinical formulations that include all relevant sources of assessment information.


Design treatment plans for a range of mental health and behavioural problems experienced by children, young people, and their families based on critical analysis of the relevant evidence base.


Apply ethical reasoning and judgement across multiple domains of clinical and academic work including professional and academic contexts.


Design, justify, and implement structured approaches to clinical case work.


Use a significant range of skills, techniques and practices including, assessment, formulation (and where appropriate reformulation), intervention and evaluation in a way that enhances understanding and collaboration


Use specialised skills to ensure that at all stages, relationships and communication with clients, carers and colleagues are appropriate, client centred and clear


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


Demonstrate clinical leadership and originality in approach to supporting clients in identifying and managing mental health difficulties

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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