Skip to main content Skip to navigation

PS910 - Clinical Psychology in Adult Mental Health

  • Module code: PS910
  • Module name: Clinical Psychology in Adult Mental Health
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Along with child and adolescent specialties, adult and older adult mental health is one of the key areas of specialisation for professional Clinical Psychologists. This module will provide students on the MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology with a broad theoretical background and introduce them to key professional issues in the adult and older adult specialisations. The module will evaluate of the main theoretical approaches to adult psychological distress, and consider the repercussions of the increasing importance of evidence-based practice. The module will consider the distinctive contribution Clinical Psychology can make in a multi-disciplinary workplace alongside other professions such as counselling, psychiatric nursing and specialist psychotherapists.

Principal learning outcomes

1. Identify and evaluate the key theoretical approaches to psychological disorder in adults; 2. Identify and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic methods proposed by these approaches; 3. Differentiate the major categories of psychological disorder with a diagnostic system such as the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV); 4. Appreciate and critique Clinical Psychology’s position as one of several professional disciplines offering adult mental health provision within the NHS.

Timetabled teaching activities

One 2-hour session per week in Term 1.

Departmental link

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS910-15)
B (Examination only) 2 hour examination (locally held) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core