UCLan’s Certificate in Understanding Aggression: Assessment and Therapy covers the core theoretical principles underpinning aggression with attention to the role of social information processing, developmental changes, the integration of emotions and aggression motivation. How theory can be put into practice will be explored by outlining a range of therapeutic techniques and principles. These will include; approaches for assessing aggression motivation, techniques to assist with the accessing of normative beliefs, the importance of restructuring beliefs and avoiding thought suppression, techniques for accessing emotional memory, elaborate rehearsal, socratic questioning, life maps.
Students will be provided with the core underpinnings of aggression theory which can be incorporated into clinical practice via a range of therapeutic techniques. The principles taught will be applicable both to the treatment and assessment of habitual aggression.
Entry and Admissions
Sixteen hours of direct teaching time. This will take place over two days (eight hours per day) and will consist of lectures, groupwork etc.
School of Psychology
No Partner College
December 2013, September 2014
- Hold a relevant honours degree at 2:1 level or above, or at 2:2 level with a higher degree evident (e.g. an MSc/MA).
- Are registered with a recognised professional body, one that is regulated or formally registered to an acceptable level, eg the Health Professions Council.
- Have a score of 6.5 in IELTS (or equivalent) for students whose first language is not English.
- In addition to fulfilment of the primary criteria, candidates will complete an application form that is assessed.
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- Defining aggression and its association with motivation and typology.
- The value of information processing, learning and developmental theory in understanding the trajectory of aggression across an individual’s lifespan and the maintenance of aggression.
- The importance of assessing for aggression function and how this can be achieved.
- The integration of emotions and how this can influence aggression.
- Therapeutic techniques which can be applied to understand aggression and begin the process of treatment with a focus on:
- Techniques to assist with the accessing of normative beliefs;
- The importance of restructuring beliefs and avoiding thought suppression;
- Techniques for accessing emotional memory;
- Elaborate rehearsal;
- Socratic questioning;
- Life maps.
Course at a Glance
The course aims to:
- Explore psychological theories of aggression and their application to practice.
- Explore therapeutic approaches to intervening with aggression.
- Develop student competence in core areas of practitioner knowledge though lectures, groupwork, coursework and independent study.
- Understanding Aggression: Assessment and Therapy
Learning Environment & Assessment:
The module will be taught across two days of block teaching and will include lectures, videos, discussions and case study material to draw upon experiences. There will be opportunity for students to discuss their views regarding the definition, development, management and treatment of aggression. They will be required to do the prescribed reading with encouragement to find additional sources.
The assessment for this module will entail students completing two pieces of coursework. The first piece of work will require students to independently research a topic from the taught syllabus. General topic references will be provided however students will be expected to conduct a specific and appropriate literature review for their chosen area of study. Students will be required to submit a 3,000 word essay which contributes 60 per cent towards the module. The essay should show evidence of a critical review of the published evidence available. The other piece of coursework will be based around completion of a treatment and management plan for a client presenting with a history of aggression. Students will be provided with case material in order to complete this. The treatment and management plan will be 2,000 words and contribute to 40 per cent of the module.
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