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Perspectives in Clinical and Counselling Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

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Module Name:

Perspectives in Clinical and Counselling Psychology

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Module Convener

Claudie Fox

Module Teachers


Module Aims

It will illustrate how psychological models can be applied to psychological problems in clinical settings. Material will be presented in terms of diagnostic categories, as well as aetiology, therapeutic techniques and outcomes according to various current and historic theoretical paradigms. The module will take a predominantly applied approach, linking psychological theory to clinical practice for a number of psychological disorders/clinical issues.

Please note: If students wish to take this module, they are required to have completed

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module, students should be able to:

    • Think critically about the taxonomic system used in conceptualising mental disorders

    • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the major diagnostic categories delineated in the DSM, as well as with multi-axial diagnostic procedures

    • Critically discuss current and historical perspectives in the aetiology and treatment of mental illness (e. g., cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, person-centred)

    • Think critically about and apply current formulations of abnormal behaviour

    • Critically evaluate primary therapeutic interventions and their efficacy according to current literature

    • Critically consider practical and ethical issues that arise in mental health care in the UK

    Assessed by:

    Multiple choice class test & exam

    Module Work Load

    Module Length

    12 Weeks


    One lecture per week


    One seminar per week


    Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

    Module Assessment

    Assessed work:

    Multiple Choice Class Test





    Module Programme

    Current issues and debates surrounding assessment, classification and diagnosis will be explored, including ethical considerations in mental health care. Some of the major theories, theorists and orientations for therapeutic intervention will be explored, for example person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural. The module will also include an in-depth examination of specific mental health diagnoses, for example anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders.

    Module Reading List

    Kring, A. & Johnson, S. (2019). Abnormal psychology: The science and treatment of psychological disorders (14thed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. For up-to-date research findings please refer to journals such as: Journal of Clinical Psychology Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology Journal of Psychiatric Research