During Year 3 the focus of the programme moves towards developing skills for working with small groups and families and then on to working with systems and at an organisational level. The teaching and orientation of the placements reflects this shift. There are 2 taught modules: Families, Groups and Indirect Work (taught at Lincoln during Semester 1); and Systems and Organisations (taught at Nottingham during Semester 2). In their third year Trainees undertake 2 more placements and may have the opportunity to choose one of these placements in a specialised area. It may also be possible for trainees to have a choice in their final placement but the main purpose of the placement is to ensure that any client groups, areas of work, Standards of Proficiency and competences not addressed by the previous placements, but required by the HCPC and the BPS, have been achieved.
Families, Groups and Indirect Work Module
This module emphasises indirect work, working with families, group interventions and working in teams. Trainees should also be developing their understanding of psychological theories related to group dynamics and subsequently develop their skills as reflective practitioners by utilising psychological theory to analyse their experiences of PBL group work throughout training.
Systems and Organisations Module
In this module, students consolidate their skills in working indirectly by being introduced to organisational and systemic theory and models of leadership and change management. They develop competences in leading teams, in consultation and in supervision. Methods for intervening systemically with groups, teams, organisations and with the community are taught and practiced and there is a continuing focus on the involvement of users and carers.
Research (Portfolio and Viva continued)
Continuing on from the second year, this module consists of four components to be submitted in third year:
1. An optional formative Thesis Project Panel
2. A written submission of the thesis research portfolio
3. A viva voce examination
4. A modified (submission-ready) journal paper approved by the Primary Research Supervisor
Third Year Placements
The Third Year Placement (TYP) module comprises two placements which take place in year three. The nature of the final year placements depends on achieving any proficiency or core experiences which have not been covered in previous placements (child, learning disabilities or older adult). The second placement allows trainees to have the opportunity to work in specialist placements where possible, gaining specialist knowledge or consolidating previous experience. The structure of these placements can either be two six-month placements, or placements in parallel (2 days on one placement and 1 day on the other placement per week, for the entire year).