Postgraduate taught 

Clinical Psychology DClinPsy

Learning Disability Theory And Practice MED6028

  • 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 people with Learning Disabilities.


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

Excluded Courses





Critical Literature Review (up to 2500 words)


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 people with learning disability

To develop trainee assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation, and communication skills for work with people with learning disability

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:


Select, apply, and evaluate forefront psychological theories relevant to the understanding and treatment of a range of psychological and behavioural problems commonly experienced by people with Learning Disabilities.


Demonstrate critical and detailed knowledge of a number of therapeutic models relevant to working with people affected by learning disability.


Design treatment plans for a range of mental health and behavioural problems experienced by people with Learning Disabilities based on critical analysis of the relevant evidence base.


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.


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


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


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


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


Generate and adapt strategies to guide responses to complex and/or challenging assessment and treatment needs of people with learning disabilities.

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