Tutorial system

Tutorials have the broad remit of supporting trainees in achieving the programme’s learning outcomes in all three modules. They complement the formal teaching, self-directed study and assignment/assessments by providing tutor and peer support of learning. Details of each role can be found in the  clinical, academic and research sections.

Trainees are allocated to tutorial groups on the basis of their geographical placement base. Tutors will be members of the programme team. Where possible trainees will remain with the same tutor for two years. In year three, as part of the transition to qualified practice, tutorials will be peer-facilitated. Tutorials normally last about 2 hours. 

The tutorial system has two components:  a research and PBL tutorial facilitation which supports problem-based learning. Tutorials have the broader remit of supporting trainees in achieving the programme’s learning outcomes in both the research and academic modules. They complement the formal teaching, self-directed study and assignment/assessments by providing tutor and peer support of learning.  

Role of the Tutor

  • Establish and co-ordinate tutor and peer mutual support and formative feedback to facilitate learning and the completion of assignments and assessments in the research or academic domain (e.g., via mail or e-mail).
  • Facilitate trainees in completing the assignments and assessments that make up the research or academic elements of the DClinPsy programme.
  • Facilitate trainees’ development as reflective scientist-practitioners.

Role of the Trainees

Contribute to discussion in session concerning assignments and assessments that make up research and academic programme. Contribute material for discussion from academic and research experience. Engage in learning initiatives between and during tutorials. 

Suggested Topics for Tutorials

The agenda for discussion in the academic or research tutorial will normally include time for checking in how everyone is doing, support of continuous assessment work, and discussion of research and/or academic ideas and progress. Tutorials could also have specific teaching focus on a particular topic. 

Ground Rules for Group and Tutorial Sessions 

  1. Work with respect for each other even if we disagree
  2. Accept corporate responsibility for the climate
  3. Accept individual responsibility for individual behaviour
  4. Establish permissions for: having feelings, opinions and to learn constructively from mistakes
  5. Pay attention to issues of difference such as gender, age, race and culture remembering that each person’s experience is true for them and valid
  6. Clarify limits of confidentiality and adhere to these
  7. Make your own decisions about how much information you wish to share about personal or occupational matters
  8. Remember you are the “expert” about your own life – any questions or suggestions from others may be rejected as inappropriate