SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MDC826022
Module Leader Bryan McCann
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

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 a range of approaches (e.g. CBT, pharmacological approaches, neuropsychological therapeutic approaches, motivational interviewing, emotion-focussed therapy, systemic approaches) and will develop a skills base in delivering these behaviour change approaches. The module also provides the opportunity for supported consultancy and supervised teaching and training in applied psychology.


b7 Intervention design and evaluation (theoretical frameworks); b7 Intervention assessment, formulation, implementation and evaluation; b7 Challenges in the design, delivery and evaluation of behaviour change interventions; b7 CBT; b7 Range of other approaches (e.g. Mindfulness; Emotion-Focussed Therapy; Systemic Approaches).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the following:1. Critically evaluate how theoretical behaviour change frameworks 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 a relevant applied psychology context;4. Demonstrate experience, autonomy and initiative delivering 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;

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will comprise a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and skills practice.

Indicative Reading

British Journal of Health Psychology. Implementation Sciences Psychology & Health . 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: <> and <> Hobbis, I.C.A. & Suton, 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. Mitchie, S et al. (2014). ABC of behaviour change Theories . GB: Silverback Publishing. 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 patents change behaviour . NY: Gilford Press . William, C. & Chillingsworth, M. (2010). CBT: A clinician's guide to using the 5 areas approach . UK: Hodder Education .

Transferrable Skills

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

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 55.00
Seminars (FT) 33.00
Lectures (FT) 3.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Independent Learning (FT) 449.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 45% 3000 word case study
Coursework 3 n/a 30.00 45% teaching logbook and reflective
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 45% 3000 word process report