SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MDC824552
Module Leader Paul McCarthy
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Professional Development in Applied Psychology 2

Summary of Content

This module will further support students' professional development as a practitioner psychologists. The module will provide a reflective context through the conduct of a regular professional development groups in which students will be encouraged to explore, critically examine and integrate aspects of their professional practice experience, learning and conduct relevant to the development of a professional identity as a practitioner psychologist. Students will be encouraged to keep an electronic learning journal to support this development. The module also will focus upon issues linked to employability as a psychologist, and provide a forum for career planning and development issues. A number of themed workshops linked to employability skills will be undertaken to ensure students are equipped with the skills required to develop and maintain a professional career in psychology. The module also provides the basis for monitoring and recording the students' progress toward meeting the professional requirements of the programme, which will be recorded in a professional development log reviewed on a regular basis.


The syllabus of this module is primarily student-directed in terms of the personal and professional issues that emerge throughout its duration. A small number of workshops on employability issues will be conducted throughout the year.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critically discuss their professional identity as a practitioner psychologist;2. Communicate an awareness of the ways in which their personal experiencing relates to their professional stance as a practitioner psychologist;3. Critically reflect on the complex relationship between the personal and professional domains in psychology, and the tensions this presents for practitioner psychologists;4. Critically analyse complex professional dilemmas and generate innovative solutions to these drawing on a creative and original personal stance in the applied psychology domain;5. Critically appraise the complex range of factors impacting upon employability as a practitioner psychologist and the development of an innovative, personal strategy regarding career planning;6. Reflect critically on personal functioning in professional practice and to engage positively with feedback from fellow students, supervisors and tutors;7. Communicate an original and creative understanding of how personal development has been integrated in course learning and professional work;8. Reflect on and critically evaluate their practice in relation ethical and anti-discriminatory values and principles;9. Initiate, conduct and end effective psychotherapeutic relationships using a range of psychotherapeutic models

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered primarily through the conduct of a weekly professional development group, supplemented by an electronic learning journal. A number of themed workshops linked to employability skills will be undertaken to ensure students are equipped with the skills required to develop and maintain a professional career in psychology

Indicative Reading

Students will be encouraged to read widely in a way that reflects their own professional needs and interests. To support employability strand of the module, we advise the following reading: Anderson, L. & Bolt, S. (2007). Professionalism: Real skills for workplace success. Prentice Hall: NJ. Bettleheim, B. & Rosenfeld, A.A. (1993) The art of the obvious . London: Thames and Hudson British Journal of Health Psychology Epstein, M. (1995) . Thoughts without a thinker . New York: Basic Books Gordon, E.F. (2000) . Mockingbird Years: A life in and out of therapy . New York: Basic Books Howard, A. (2000) . Philosophy for counselling and psychotherapy . London: MacMillan Johns, H. (1996) . Personal Development in counsellor training . London: Cassell Journal of Health Psychology LeBon, T. (2001) . Wise therapy: philosophy for counsellors . London: Continuum Lomas, P. (1999) . Doing good? Psychotherapy out of its depth . Oxford: Oxford University Press Mair, M. (1989) . Between Psychology and psychotherapy: A poetics of experience . London: Sage. McCarthy, P. J., & Jones, M. V. (2013). Becoming a sport psychologist. London: Routledge Psychology and Health Reading lists will be updated on an annual basis with reference to relevant peer reviewed journals.

Transferrable Skills

Problem solving; collaborative working; advanced communication and writing skills; creativity and innovation; critical thinking; time management; stakeholder involvement; pitching skills; critical dialogue; influencing; enterprise.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 60.00
Practicals (FT) 135.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Practicals (PT) 135.00
Independent Learning (FT) 405.00
Independent Learning (PT) 405.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 1.00 50.00 50% Placement review and professional practice logbook
Coursework 2 1.00 50.00 50% 5000 word reflective review