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Course Overview

Fundamental to the practice of clinical psychology are the processes of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation for effective assessment and treatment of a range of psychologically-based distress/mental health issues. Using case examples, this course will help you develop your theoretical and practical understanding of these processes, with a focus on the development of your psychological formulation skills. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Ceri Trevethan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

Central to the application of clinical psychology are the clinical knowledge and skills required for the effective assessment, formulation, treatment and evaluation of a range of psychologically-based distress/mental health issues across the lifespan. This course features clinical case studies and examples to introduce and bring to life key features of a range of client presentations across the lifespan in core clinical areas. Interactive workshops will enable students to develop an understanding of key assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation techniques in current clinical psychological practice. Regular psychologist-led reflection sessions will enable students to reflect on and further consolidate their learning.  A written formulation exercise, reflective piece of writing, presentation and role-play formulation exercises will enable students to benefit from active, shared learning and to demonstrate the practical application of their developing formulation knowledge and skills.

Students will be required to provide feedback and commentary to their peers in a variety of ways and will receive feedback on their contributions to group tasks and activities.  

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Written formulation for case example (50%); Reflective piece (written assignment) (25%); Presentation (25%).

Resit: Students will be able to resubmit failed elements of coursework.  Existing pass marks will be carried forward.   .

Formative Assessment

Formulation Role Play Exercises


Feedback on assessments will be provided according to University procedures. It is anticipated that this will be in the form of written feedback for the written formulation task, reflective piece and topic presentation and verbal feedback for the formulation role-plays.

Course Learning Outcomes


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