Supervised Clinical Practice - Year 1

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 8
Friday 01 September 2023
Saturday 31 August 2024
10 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

CER C89F24 Applied Psychology,
DIP C89F24 Applied Psychology,
MSD C89F24 Applied Psychology,
DOCTC84036 Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)

Module description

In the first year of the DClinPsych programme, trainees complete two supervised practice placements (or their equivalent), involving work with adults and older adults. This module (HS761) involves the processes and assessments relating to the development of ten core competencies at a level commensurate with the first year of training and relevant to working with adults and older adults.

Module aims

The first year consists of two six month placements, or one year long placement, and should cover the following areas:

  • The knowledge and understanding of the life stage tasks and transition relevant to the client group.

  • The ability to link theory to practice in relation to the causes and presentation of psychological problems relevant to the client group.

  • Awareness and understanding of the professional, ethical, organisational and legal (including health and safety) frameworks for psychological practice and service delivery with the client group.

  • Competencies in assessment of individual, family, social and organisational factors which contribute to psychological problems.

  • The ability to use and revise psychological formulations and reformulations to plan, implement and monitor interventions relevant to the client group and related systems and to facilitate the understanding of clients and their care.

  • Intervention skills relevant to the client group.

  • Values and attitudes contributing to the critical and reflective application of psychological theory and practice to address psychological distress with due consideration of issues relating to cultural diversity, other individual differences and social inequalities.

  • Skills in inter-professional collaboration, planning, assessment, formulation and intervention within a multi-disciplinary context and in the context of multi-agency systems.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the first year, trainees will demonstrate basic knowledge of psychological models, generic competences (such as assessment and engagement skills) and emergent specific intervention skills relevant to particular placements. Trainees will show an increasing understanding of their professional role, demonstrating effective communication skills with colleagues and clients. They will evidence an awareness of ethical issues and a recognition of the impact of diversity on clinical practice. They will demonstrate flexibility, the ability to learn from feedback and an awareness of their learning needs. Trainees generally require detailed guidance and structure from supervisors, but take an increasingly active role in supervision.

Module information

Trainee clinical psychologists are required to complete placements in the 4 core placement contexts (adults, older adults, children and adolescents and people with learning disabilities) in addition to 2 further 3rd year placements in the course of their training in order to complete the programme. Throughout trainees' placements in the first year of training, trainees must comply with professional standards as well as with the guidance, policies and procedures of the host trust as well as any specific requirements of their placement provider. The placements in the first year relate to working with adults and with older adults.

Trainees complete 2 placements in the course of the 1st year of training (working with adults and with older adults / lifespan placement). Further details on practice placements appear in the relevant section on clinical placements in the trainee handbook.

Learning and teaching methods

Clinical placements do not involve lectures, but rather provide trainees with the opportunity to draw on theory in their supervised clinical practice on 2 placements (or their equivalent) in the course of the 1st year of training.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   1B ECC Forms and Log Book  15/10/2024   

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.


Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Joanne Wilson, email: jwilso@essex.ac.uk.
Personal Tutors & Placement Supervisors
E: dcpadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Magdalena Marczak
Coventry University
Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


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