Supervised Clinical Practice 3

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

DOCTC84036 Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)

Module description

This module aims to enable clinical psychology trainees to develop the knowledge, skills and values which will enable them to work effectively in specialist service settings, such as physical health, drug and alcohol, neuropsychology, forensic, specialist CBT and other settings.

The module comprises supervised clinical practice on two 6-month long clinical placements (in some cases one equivalent year-long placement). The precise nature of placements will vary in accordance with the nature of the service and the needs of the service users within the respective service. Usually, trainees indicate in the 2nd year of training which specialist placements they would prefer to take in their 3rd year of training.

Module aims

The specialist / elective placements aim to develop:
• 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.
• An 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 these two placements, trainees will evidence proficiency in most of the competencies listed on the ECC form with the exception of highly complex issues and contexts. They should be able to reflect critically and draw reflectively on a range of psychological theories and models, possessing a broad repertoire of clinical skills (including proficiency in two therapeutic approaches including CBT). Trainees should demonstrate increasing capacity for autonomous practice and the ability to make a professional contribution to service provision and service development (for example through providing teaching, supervision and consultation). They will demonstrate an ongoing commitment to professional development and ethical practice and supervision should be increasingly facilitated by an collaborative, collegiate style. In addition, trainees would have extended their competencies developed in previous placements (with adults, older people, children and adolescents and people with learning disabilities) through supervised clinical practice in specialist placement settings.

Module information

Trainee clinical psychologists are preferred to complete placements in the four core placement contexts (adults, older adults, children and adolescents and people with learning disabilities) or life span and life changing individual or service pathway settings, in addition to two further third year placements in the course of their training in order to augment the experiential learning in year one and year two placements.

Trainees can specify which additional placements they intend to take in the third year and are informed in advance of the third year of the placements allocated to them. 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.

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 third 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   3B ECC Forms and Log Book  24/09/2024   

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
Prof Frances Blumenfeld, email: fblume@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Joanne Wilson, email: jwilso@essex.ac.uk.
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.


Further information

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