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Clinical Practice for Developmental Disorders - PSY00048M

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Lisa Henderson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To introduce students to key clinical skills, appropriate for working with children with developmental disorders in a range of contexts.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Understand the principles of, and develop basic competence in, the interview and observation skills appropriate to a psychotherapeutic situation.
  • To consider the importance, the benefits, and the challenges of developing a good therapeutic relationship.
  • To consider and develop basic communicative skills needed to interact effectively with children with a range of developmental disorders.
  • To understand the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and consider when and how it can be appropriately applied.
  • Clinical skills: e.g. Interviewing and information gathering, observation, building therapeutic relationship, introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Academic and graduate skills

  • To gain a clear understanding of different psychotherapeutic contexts and approaches, particularly as organised in the UK.
  • Develop an appreciation of, and basic competence in, some of the key clinical skills necessary to work effectively with children, particularly those with developmental disorders.


Task Length % of module mark
Observation Skills, Written Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Observation Skills, Written Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Results will be released through e:vision.

Indicative reading

Hersen, M. & Thomas, J. C. (2007) Handbook of clinical interviewing with children.

Papatheodorou, T. (2012) Child observation for learning and research.


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