Clinical Psychology

Child Development in Practice

This course will introduce students to theories of children’s psychological development (social, emotional, moral) and differing perspectives within that.

Course dates Semester 1 - Monday afternoons,  September - November 2017
Course credits 20
Course delivery On Campus
Academic co-ordinator Joanne Williams

Please note

This course is a core course for anyone wishing to take the PG Certificate/PG Diploma/MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice.

Course description

Through providing an overview of different models of child development including biological, individual and systemic models, students will be encouraged to critically appraise these theoretical frameworks and to consider what predicts ‘healthy’ development.

In addition, the course will invite students to apply developmental theory to real life examples thus encouraging critical reflection on the utility of such models to enhance current practice/experience.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Consolidate and extend their understanding of the different theories of human development.
  • Critically reflect on the potential value and challenge of multiple perspectives in developmental theory.
  • Conceptualise, analyse and critically appraise the limits and strengths of any particular theory or model.
  • Critique and evaluate the principles of developmental theory as they apply to clinical practice.

Course delivery and assessment

This course will run in Semester 1 (September-December). It is a blended learning course and is delivered using face-to-face and online methods.

It is assessed through one 4000-word essay.