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PS911 - Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology

  • Module code: PS911
  • Module name: Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"The overarching aim of this module is to introduce the key issues and disorders present in child clinical psychology. Along with Adult and Older Adult specialties, child and adolescent mental health is one of the key areas of specialisation for professional Clinical Psychologists. This module will provide students in the MSc in Clinical Psychology a broad theoretical background and introduce them to key professional issues in this specialisation. First, the module will consider vulnerability and resilience to psychological dysfunction in early life. Second, it will systematically address major psychological disorders of infancy, childhood and adolescence, with particular emphasis on contemporary developments in evidence-based psychological intervention. Third, the module will survey current research from genetic and epidemiological approaches. Finally, the module will discuss the central position of Clinical Psychology in mental health care provision for young people within the NHS. "

Principal learning outcomes

1. Identify and evaluate key factors in the complex origins of psychological disorder in children and adolescents; 2. Identify and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic methods available for young people and families; 3. Understand and evaluate the methodology and challenges of large-scale genetic and epidemiological studies of early life psychological dysfunction; 4. Appreciate and critique Clinical Psychology’s central position in the provision of child and adolescent mental health services in the NHS.

Timetabled teaching activities

One 2-hour session per week

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS911-15)
B (Examination only) locally Adminstered Exam 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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