Module code: PSYM121

Module Overview

This module provides students with knowledge of the professional context framework for and supervision of psychological interventions.

Module provider


Module Leader

DEACON LA Ms (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must pass Summative Assessment 2 of PSYM119 before undertaking client work. Co-requisites: Modules PSYM118, PSYM119 and PSYM120.

Module content

Indicative content includes:
The role and use of supervision
Models of supervision
The Ethical Framework in practice
The professional context
Supervision of client work
Managing difficulties in client work

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Case Presentation (which examines professional issues) (20 minutes) 100
Pass/Fail competencies Professional Log Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
1. Competency in the clinical skills of assessment, intervention and ending for a short-term
interpersonal psychological intervention.
2. Understanding and compliance with the professional framework of client work

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Professional Log: to include an anonymised record of client contact hours and clinical activity (needs to include contact with at least one client) and number of hours of supervision
IPC competences: Record of Progress
Evaluation of a 20-minute case presentation which examines professional issues associated one completed case (addressing learning outcome 1)

Formative assessment

Self-rating of audio sessions, one from each phase of the intervention
Four audio assessments from two complete psychological interventions; two per client (Two of the four focal areas of IPC must be covered in this intervention work)

Summative: Written and verbal feedback
Formative: Verbal feedback

Module aims

  • Enable students to understand and work within the professional framework within which psychological interventions are delivered.
  • Facilitate students in becoming model-adherent psychological practitioners through supervision of IPC casework.
  • Facilitate students in managing and reflecting on the challenges faced in their clinical work.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand and work within the professional context of psychological therapy, including ethical practice. KCPT
002 Undertake completed pieces of time-limited (short-term) interpersonal clinical interventions under supervision. CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 96

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Enable students to undertake and complete clinical interventions in accordance with the professional requirements of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

The learning and teaching methods include:

7 x 3 hours lectures/workshops including didactic presentations, in-class discussion and skills-based learning
22 x 1.5 hours of group supervision of clinical work

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.