SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MDC824550
Module Leader n/a
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Interventions in Applied Psychology 1

Summary of Content

This module will support the students' professional development as applied psychologists. The module will reflect on theoretical frameworks which underpin behaviour change interventions (as previously introduced in IAP1) and will introduce a broad range of psychological techniques and approaches delivered predominantly face-to face and at the individual level. The module is designed to enable students to gain professional skills in the engagement and applied practice of communicating, relationship building with clients and delivering therapeutic intervention techniques in real-life practice. The students will make professional judgements; communicate feedback regarding the outcome and impact of the intervention on the individual (based on assessment and formulation to manage complex and unpredictable situations). Students will gain knowledge and understanding of pharmacological approaches, neuropsychological therapeutic approaches, motivational interviewing, emotion-focussed therapy, systemic approaches and CBT and will develop a skills base in delivering these behaviour change approaches.


The module will explore the following topics: -360b7 Intervention design and evaluation (theoretical frameworks); -360b7 Challenges in the design, delivery and evaluation of behaviour change interventions; b7 Pharmacological interventions; b7 Neuropsychological Therapy approaches; b7 CBT; b7 Mindfulness; b7 Motivational Interviewing; b7 Emotion-Focussed Therapy; b7 Systemic Approaches b7 Psychodynamic Approaches.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critically evaluate how theoretical behaviour change frameworks (e.g. the Health Behaviour Change Competency framework) inform intervention design and evaluation.2. Create and tailor appropriate behaviour change interventions to the specific needs of a range of individuals and groups. This will be based on a comprehensive assessment of individual needs, including developing a formulation model of the theory and the cognitive, emotional and behavioural processes and constructs to be addressed in effective intervention design. 3. A critical, detailed and leading knowledge and understanding of the applied psychology skills required to plan, develop, deliver, evaluate and feedback on psychological interventions within health contexts. .4. Experience, autonomy and initiative delivering a range of face-to-face interventions and behaviour change approaches and effectively communicate their outcomes.5. Communicate the fundamental professional skills in the delivery of a range of behaviour change interventions in various contexts.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will engage in a series of block sessions (3-5 hours) which will cover theoretical aspects of behaviour change intervention design and evaluation, followed by practical sessions to develop core skills for their effective delivery. Students will also be supported in their learning through the GCULearn VLE.

Indicative Reading

British Journal of Health Psychology Camic, P.M & Knight, S.J. (2013). Clinical Handbook of Health Psychology: A Practical Guide to Effective Interventions. Germany: Hogrefe Publishing. Cujvers, P et al. (2008). Internet-administered CBT for health problems: a systematic review. Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 31 (2), 169-177. Dixon, D., & Johnston, M. (2010). Health behaviour change competency framework: Competences to deliver interventions to change lifestyle behaviours that affect health. Scottish Government. Retrieved from 8587875_wBBR_health_behaviour_change_compet ency_framework.pdf and aspx Hobbis, I.C.A. & Sutton, S. (2005). Are techniques used in CBT applicable to behaviour change interventions based on the theory of planned behaviour? Journal of Health Psychology, 10 (1), 179-211. Implementation Sciences Mitchie, S et al. (2014). ABC of behaviour change Ttheories . GB: Silverback Publishing. Psychology & Health Richards, D.A. & Hallberg, I.R. (2015). Complex Interventions in Health: An overview of research methods. London: Routledge. Rollnick, S et al. (2009). Motivational interviewing in health care: Helping patients change behaviour . NY: Gilford Press William, C. & Chillingsworth, M. (2010). CBT: A clinician's guide to using the 5 areas approach . UK: Hodder Education. Reading lists will be updated on an annual basis with reference to relevant peer reviewed journals.

Transferrable Skills

Co-production; problem solving; collaborative working; advanced communication and writing skills; creativity and innovation; critical thinking; time management; stakeholder involvement; user centred design; pitching skills; critical dialogue; influencing; enterprise.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Practicals (PT) 21.00
Independent Learning (PT) 249.00
Independent Learning (FT) 249.00
Practicals (FT) 21.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 1.00 50.00 50% 3000 word case study
Coursework 1 1.00 50.00 50% 3000 word process report