Professional Skills in Psychology
Rhedir gan School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Judith Roberts
The aim of this module is to offer an overview of what a professional psychologist or health care practitioner does on a day-to-day basis in addition to illustrating the demands of working within a social care or health setting. It will give you the opportunity to consider what skills and experience you need in order to pursue various career options. Primarily this module will offer a starting point to anyone wishing to pursue a doctorate within professional psychology. However, this module is not only for those who wish to pursue a career in professional psychology - you will be able to use the learning outcomes across different career paths, whether they are currently studying alongside an established professional career such as counselling or wish to utilise the skills from this module in other professions e.g. social work, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy etc. or indeed a PhD. A range of teaching methods will offer you the opportunity to consider aspects of professional practice with different types of populations and to develop a range of transferrable skills. In essence, this module can prepare you for a range of potential career pathways or to support current professional practice if you are already in an established career.
The module content will focus on professional psychology within the United Kingdom.
Course content will include the following • Introduction to the module and career pathways and professional standards • Working across the lifespan • Evidence Based Practice • Ethical practice and decision making • Reflective practice • Leadership • Clinical supervision • Equality and diversity • Multi-disciplinary team work • The resilient practitioner
To achieve a B grade the student must demonstrate a strong knowledge of the professional skills of healthcare professionals. There should be evidence of background study (an appropriate number of cited sources relevant to the requirements of the assignment task). There should be a coherent structure to the work with a central argument that is clearly communicated. At this level you are required to show some elements of using appropriately sourced evidence to form your own ideas that are relevant to the assignment task. The work should be presented to a high standard with accurate communication (grammatical and structurally).
To achieve a C grade the student must show a knowledge of the main topics related to the assignments tasks based on the professional skills and knowledge required of healthcare professionals. At this level there would be limited evidence of background study where the work lacks sufficient supporting evidence for the content. The student will show some attempt to presenting a logical argument and to cover the appropriate topics related to the assignment task. There may be some weakness in presentation (grammar and structure) and accuracy of what is presented in the work.
To achieve an A grade the student must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the professional skills and knowledge required of healthcare professionals. There needs to be evidence of background study (in written assignments this would be evidenced by a sufficient number of cited sources within the text). There also needs to be a well developed and logical argument which can either be balancing opposing views or your own integration and analysis of the literature. At this level you are required to show that you can present your own interpretation based on good quality evidence and find new ways to explain a particular method, approach, or topic. Your work must be presented to very high standards with accurate communication (grammatically and structurally).
Have an understanding of the importance of critically evaluating and reflecting on one’s own clinical practice and continuing professional development.
Demonstrate good communication skills within collaborative working relationships with peers and understand how this relates to working within multi-disciplinary team settings.
Demonstrate knowledge of professional ethics and accountability and the need to remain within the British Psychological Societies code of ethics and practice within the Health Professions Council standards of conduct.
Demonstrate an understanding of applied psychology with different populations across different settings.
Critically appraise the impact and efficacy of the development of psychological interventions.
Appreciate and recognise personal transferrable skills that are required, across a range of professions within clinical and health settings.
|Written assignment, including essay||Assignment 1||
You will choose two written tasks from three options. Option 1 is an essay. Option 2 is a reflective statement. Option 3 is a written blog task. Each written component is 1000 words.
The take home exam will be released during the exam period at the end of semester 1. The exam will consist of three case studies and you will choose two of these. The task will involve writing a 1000 word response for each of the chosen case studies, detailing what professional skills and knowledge you might use in approaching that particular scenario. You will have 48 hours within which to complete this exam.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
The teaching of this module will follow a blended learning approach where students will be provided with a range of online teaching materials and in-person sessions, with supplementary online seminars and group discussions. Each week students will be provided with guidance on the required reading or preparatory activity prior to that weeks seminar or group discussion. There will also be pre-recorded videos covering lecture material relevant to that weeks topic. Students will be given a comprehensive module guide at the beginning of semester outlining module delivery in detail.
Postgraduate students are expected to engage in private study, outside of scheduled contact with the lecturer. Private study may involve exam and assignment preparation, literature searching, wider reading around the topics covered in the module, preparation for class discussions.
Each student will have available to them at least 1 hour of direct contact with the lecturer across the module timeframe. This time can include discussing module content and assistance with preparing for the assignment or exam. Tutorials will be delivered online.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Mentora - Gallu cefnogi, helpu, arwain, ysbrydoli ac/neu hyfforddi eraill
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
- Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues and integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in psychology.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in oral form.
- Be computer literate for the purpose of processing and disseminating psychological data and information.
- Retrieve and organise information effectively.
- Handle primary source material critically.
- Be sensitive and react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal psychological factors.
- Use effectively personal planning and project management skills.
- Work effectively under pressure (time pressure, limited resources, etc) as independent and pragmatic learners.
- Problem-solve by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions, making critical judgements, and evaluating outcomes.
- Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
- Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.
- Be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures.
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Students may incur a cost if they print the reading material posted on blackboard.
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Gorfodol mewn cyrsiau:
- C8EF: MSc Clinical and Health Psychology year 1 (MSC/CHPSY)
- C808: MSci Psychology with Clinical & Health Psychology year 4 (MSCI/PHS)