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Perspectives in Clinical and Counselling Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2019/20

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Module Name:

Perspectives in Clinical and Counselling Psychology

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Module Convener

Claudie Fox

Module Teachers


Module Aims

This module is designed to introduce students to the field of adult mental health. 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.

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, biomedical)
  • 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:

Multi-choice test & exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 weeks


One lecture per week


One seminar per week


Attendance at lectures is compulsory

Module Assessment


Multi-choice test




One two-hour unseen examination


Module Reading List

A reading guide will be supplied for each of the lecture/seminar sessions.

Kring, A., Johnson, S., Davison, G., & Neale, J. (2017) Abnormal Psychology: The science and treatment of psychological disorders. (13th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Oltmanns, T., Martin, M., Neale, J. & Davison, G. (2014) Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology (10th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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