Clinical Psychology

Parenting: Theory and Practice

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to incorporate the principles, values and practices of parenting work into their workplace.

Course dates Semester 2 - Monday mornings, January -  March 2018
Course credits 20
Course delivery On Campus
Academic co-ordinator Mark Hoelterhoff

Course description

Good parenting is regarded as “fundamental for the development of a child’s mental health and well-being” (The Mental Health of Young People: A Framework for Promotion, Prevention and Care, Scottish Executive, 2005) and the field of work with parents is growing, indicative of the increased importance parenting has achieved, not only the national, but international health agendas.

This course aims to enable participants to increase and consolidate their theoretical, critical skills and understanding of the use of parenting interventions in practice.

The course will cover:

  • Theories underpinning parenting work
  • Application of relevant theories into clinical practice
  • Understanding the roles of children and parents in the family context
  • Presenting problems for which parenting work is commonly used
  • Evidence supporting parenting interventions
  • The principles of delivering group based approaches to parenting work

Intended learning outcomes

  • Analyse and reflect on the theoretical concepts relevant to parenting and working with parents
  • Critically review and evaluate research related to parenting interventions
  • Consider the relevant issues in the design and implementation of different parenting programmes according to the setting and population, integrating theory and research
  • Identify and conceptualise common barriers to this type of work and how to minimise these

Course delivery and assessment

This course will run in Semester 2 (January - May). It is a blended learning course and will be delivered using face-to-face and online methods.

The course is assessed through one group presentation (20%) and one essay of 3000 words (80%).