SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M2C823058
Module Leader Phil Dalgarno
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Applied Psychology1, Foundations of Psychology or equivalent

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to key theoretical approaches and topics in counselling, mental health, forensic and health psychology. This will provide a foundation for higher level learning in these areas and, in particular, the Level Four applied modules.


Introduction to major theoretical perspectives and key topics for each applied subject. For example: -360b7 Counselling Psychology - major therapeutic perspectives, change and relationship processes and practical skills in a counselling and psychotherapy context, philosophical, ethical and boundary issues in Counselling Psychology. -360b7 Mental Health Psychology - history of psychiatric diagnosis and practice; description, symptomology and contemporary understandings of mental health disorders; the diagnostic process; exploring the experiences of service users/carers. Consideration of the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing. b7 Forensic Psychology - major theoretical perspectives of criminal behaviour; subtypes of offending behaviour; applications of forensic psychology in forensic practice; challenges and ethical issues in forensic psychology practice. b7 Health Psychology - the use of theoretical models in predicting health- and wellbeing- related behaviours and cognitions; theoretical approaches to public health protection and promotion; applying psychology to specific health issues (e.g. pain experiences, the relationship between stress, coping and illness, and physical activity and wellbeing). -360

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of major theoretical approaches to understanding behaviours and cognitions in a range of applied fields (e.g. counselling, forensic, health and mental health psychology).2. Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in describing and assessing psychological disorders and an appreciation of the continuum of mental health3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental skills of an applied psychologist (including an appreciation of evidence based interventions and practical skills such as listening, empathy and questioning).4. Describe and debate ethical issues in the context of applied psychology

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Core material will be delivered in 48 x 1 hour lectures with 22 accompanying seminars designed to support student learning. Where appropriate, seminars will include practical skills based learning opportunities. Formative assessment will be carried out via 4 formative online examinations.

Indicative Reading

Coolican, H. (2012) Applied Psychology Croydon; Hodder (Chapter 3; Counselling Psychology) Davey, G. (2011) Applied Psychology Chichester; BPS Blackwell Publishing Subject specific reading; Howitt, D. (2012). Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology. Essex. Pearson Education Limited. Morrison, V. & Bennett, P (2012). Introduction to health psychology . London: Pearson (3 rd edition) Reeves, A. (2013) An introduction to counselling and psychotherapy: From theory to practice London: Sage

Transferrable Skills

1.An understanding of the key issues in each of the applied topics and an appreciation for real world application. 2.The development of evaluative and critical skills in relation to key psychological theories and empirical studies in each of the applied areas 3.Responsibility for independent learning with regard to key issues covered during lectures and seminars. 4. Development of competence in t ask, time and information management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 294.00
Lectures (FT) 48.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 38.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Two hour formal examination
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 35% 2,000 word essay
Coursework 2 n/a 25.00 35% Group presentation