SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2C825410
Module Leader Josie Williams
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to Applied Psychology, 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 and forensic psychology. This will provide a foundation for higher level learning in these areas, in particular the relevant Level 4 Applied modules.


Introduction to major theoretical perspectives and key topics for each applied subject. For example: 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. Counselling Psychology - An overview of the fundamental theoretical, practical and philosophical aspects of Counselling Psychology. An introduction to the three major therapeutic paradigms in Counselling Psychology: Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Including an outline of relevant theory and practical skills in a counselling and psychotherapy context. 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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of major theoretical approaches to understanding behaviours, cognitions and emotions in a range of applied fields (assessed by essay and presentation)2. Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in describing and assessing psychological risk and protective factors and pathways in and out of criminality (assessed by essay).3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental skills of Counselling and Clinical Psychologists (including an appreciation of evidence based interventions and practical skills) (assessed by presentation).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Core material will be delivered in 24 x 1 hour lectures with 11 x 1 hour accompanying seminars designed to support student learning. Where appropriate, seminars will include practical skills based learning opportunities.

Indicative Reading

Mental Health Psychology There is no designated textbook for this section of the module. There will be very specific, directed reading at lectures to supplement lecture and seminar content. Counselling Psychology Coolican, H. (2011). Applied Psychology . Abington, Bookpoint Ltd . (e version) Forensic Psychology Howitt, D. (2012). Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology. Essex: Pearson Education Ltd. (e version)

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 task, time and information management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 11.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 145.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 35% 1500 Word Essay on Forensic Psychology
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 35% Group Presentation on Counselling and Mental Health Psychology