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Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology - PSY00023H

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sam Rankin
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

This module will introduce the student to a range of professional issues embedded within the work of a practising Clinical Psychologist. We will focus on some issues that affect the practice of applying psychological science within the NHS.

This module will begin with an introduction to the core competencies that need to be displayed in a practising clinical psychologist. This includes the importance of creating a positive relationship with a client, and some practical skills to begin to do this. We will consider professional ethical obligations and potential abuses of power. We will also discuss the importance of clinical supervision and how this may form part of a clinicians approach to managing their own needs. Finally we will consider the different aspects of working as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe and explain the core competencies of a Clinical Psychologist
  • Recognise the importance of the therapeutics relationship
  • Recognise potential abuses of power
  • Explain the role of clinical supervision
  • Recognise the potential for occupational stress and how this may be managed
  • Explain the developing role of the clinical psychologist within the NHS

Module content

  • Introduction to the Module and Core Competencies
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Therapeutic Relationship
  • Ethics and Abuses of Power
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Self Care/Stress Management
  • NHS Organisation, Teams, Leadership and Clinical Psychology


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology
5 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology
5 hours 100

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

Indicative reading

This module uses a variety of primarily journal articles and there are no core texts per se. However, you may find the following books useful as a reference:

Beinhart, H., Kennedy, P., & Llewelyn, S. (2009). Clinical Psychology in Practice. BPS Blackwell

Llewelyn, S. and Murphy, D. (2014) What is Clinical Psychology? (5th Edition) OUP

These two texts provide introductions to the profession of clinical psychology.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.