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PS346-15 Perspectives in Clinical and Counselling Psychology

Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Claudie Fox
Credit value
Module duration
12 weeks
33% coursework, 67% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

This module is designed to introduce students to the field of adult mental health.

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Module aims

It will illustrate how psychological models can be applied to psychological problems in clinical settings. Material will be presented in terms of diagnostic categories, as well as aetiology, therapeutic techniques and outcomes according to various current and historic theoretical paradigms. The module will take a predominantly applied approach, linking psychological theory to clinical practice for a number of psychological disorders/clinical issues.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Current issues and debates surrounding assessment, classification and diagnosis will be explored,
including ethical considerations in mental health care. Some of the major theories, theorists and
orientations for therapeutic intervention will be explored, for example person-centred,
psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural. The module will also include an in-depth examination
of specific mental health diagnoses, for example anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Think critically about the taxonomic system used in conceptualising mental disorders
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the major diagnostic categories delineated in the DSM, as well as with diagnostic procedures
  • Critically discuss current and historical perspectives in the aetiology and treatment of mental illness (e. g., cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, person-centred)
  • Think critically about and apply current formulations of abnormal behaviour
  • Critically evaluate primary therapeutic interventions and their efficacy according to current literature
  • Critically consider practical and ethical issues that arise in mental health care in the UK
Indicative reading list

Kring, A. & Johnson, S. (2019). Abnormal psychology: The science and treatment of psychological disorders (14th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Oltmanns, T., Martin, M., Neale, J. & Davison, G. (2014) Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology (10th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
For up-to-date research findings please refer to journals such as:
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Journal of Psychiatric Research

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills

evaluation of therapeutic interventions
understanding of practical and ethical issues that arise in mental health care
understanding of the major diagnostic categories
application of psychological theory to practice, clinical case analysis

Transferable skills

familiarity with collecting and organising stored information found in library book and journal collections, and online
critically evaluating primary and secondary sources
effective personal planning skills
working in groups and oral presentation skills,
ability to apply knowledge to real world examples

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 12 sessions of 2 hours (16%)
Seminars 7 sessions of 1 hour (5%)
Other activity 3 hours (2%)
Private study 116 hours (77%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

116 hours guided student study

Other activity description

3 hours self-directed group work in non-seminar weeks


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group D3
Weighting Study time
assessed work 33%

Online multi-choice assessment

exam 67%
  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
Feedback on assessment

Formative and summative feedback is available in relation to the multi-choice assessed \r\ncomponent. Further verbal feedback is available to students on request. Feedback on \r\nexamination performance is provided in line with Department of Psychology procedure; Tabula \r\nand Personal Tutor.

Past exam papers for PS346


Students should have either PS111 or PS219. They should also have undertaken PS201


This module is Optional for:

  • Year 1 of TPSS-C8P9 Postgraduate Taught Psychological Research
  • Year 3 of UPSA-C800 Undergraduate Psychology
  • Year 4 of UPSA-C801 Undergraduate Psychology (with Intercalated year)
  • Year 3 of UPSA-C804 Undergraduate Psychology with Education Studies
  • Year 4 of UPSA-C806 Undergraduate Psychology with Education Studies (with Intercalated Year)

This module is Option list A for:

  • Year 3 of UPSA-C804 Undergraduate Psychology with Education Studies

This module is Option list B for:

  • Year 3 of UPHA-VL78 BA in Philosophy with Psychology
  • Year 4 of UPHA-VL79 BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year)
  • Year 1 of TPSS-C8P9 Postgraduate Taught Psychological Research

This module is Option list C for:

  • Year 3 of UPSA-C802 Undergraduate Psychology with Linguistics