SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 45.00
ECTS Credit Points 22.50
Module Code MDC826023
Module Leader Joanna McParland
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module facilitates a critical understanding and application of a range of psychological approaches, techniques and skills for the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of group/community/public psychological intervention, for optimising health and wellbeing outcomes. The module also focusses on various modes of delivery other than one-to-one, face-to-face direct contact with the client. Students will further develop their professional practice skills and techniques by directly applying them to a variety of health and wellbeing settings (e.g. stress/anxiety management, family therapy, mind-body therapies, public health interventions and health education and promotion) and within a range of modalities (e.g. mindfulness, ACT etc). These practical skills will focus on group work and will be directly related to relevant theoretical frameworks. Theoretical frameworks will inform the design and implementation of appropriate psychological tools to conduct baseline needs assessment, to develop a working formulation model and to evaluate and communicate the outcomes of a variety of behaviour change outcomes in a broad range of settings (e.g. long-term health conditions, stress/anxiety management, substance misuse, public/community). The module, therefore, promotes the development of a range of applied psychological skills which are informed by engagement with behaviour change frameworks.


A range of theoretically developed health and wellbeing interventions in a variety of contexts (e.g. managing long term health conditions; public health education & behaviour change). Practical skills development of a range of health behaviour approaches/techniques (e.g. ACT, mindfulness, CBT). Applied psychology practice and working with groups.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the following:1.Critically understand and appraise group based behaviour change interventions and demonstrate the capacity to develop conceptually sophisticated and independent judgements regarding their relevance to a particular applied psychology setting or client group; 2. Design and implement appropriate tools to conduct baseline needs assessment of the group/population, addressing targeted health behaviour outcomes;3. Create a working formulation model regarding cognitive, emotional and behavioural processes to be addressed within the intervention;4. Evaluate, defend and communicate performance judgement and feedback about the outcome and impact of the intervention on the target group;5. Provide critically reflective feedback regarding the outcome of the assessment formulation as appropriate for a practitioner psychologist.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will comprise a series of seminars/workshops.

Indicative Reading

Cane, J. et al. (2012). Validation of the theoretical domains framework for use in behaviour change and implementation research. Implementation Science , 7, 37. Camic, P.M. & Knight, S.J. (2013). Clinical Handbook of Health Psychology: A Practical Guide to Effective Interventions. Germany: Hogrefe Publishing. Craig, P et al. (2008). Developing and evaluating complex interventions: the new Medical Research Council guidance. BMJ, <htp://> 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 <htp://> 8587875_wBBR_health_behaviour_change_competency_framework.pdf and <htp://> . aspx Implementation Sciences. Kelly, B. & Perkins, D. (2012). Handbook of Implementation Science for Psychology in Education. NY: Cambridge University Press. May, C.R et al. (2009). Development of a theory of implementation and integration: NPT. Implementation Science , 21, 4: 29. Mitchie, S. & Atkins, L. (2014). The behaviour change wheel: A guide to designing interventions . GB: Silverback Publishing. Mitchie, S. et al. (2014). ABC of behaviour change techniques . GB: Silverback Publishing. Mitchie, S. & Prestwich, A. (2010). Are interventions theory based? Development of a theory coding schedule. Health Psychology , 129, 1-8. MRC: A Framework for Development and Evaluation of RCTs for Complex Interventions to Improve Health. (2000). Available at: <htp://> Richards, D.A. & Hallberg, I.R. (2015). Complex Interventions in Health: An Overview of Research Methods. London: Routledge. 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; critical dialogue; enterprise.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 126.00
Assessment (FT) 45.00
Independent Learning (FT) 279.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 100.00 50% 5000 word critical review