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Health Psychology Masters Induction – Tuesday 22nd September

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Induction for new students on the Health Psychology masters will take place on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 in the Charles Ward Building.

 Time Description Content to be covered Room
09:45 – 10:00 Generic Course Info Arrival and Registration CW217
10:00 – 10:15 Generic Course Info Formal welcome by Jane Coad CW217
10:15 – 10:30 Generic Course Info An Introduction to the Student Rep System CW217
10.30 – 11:15 Generic Course Info Studying at Coventry University (Emma Sleath, MSc Forensic Psychology Course Director) CW217
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:15 Generic Course Info Studying at Postgraduate Level (Liz Sparkes, MSc Health Psychology Course Director) CW217
12.15 – 12:45 Generic Course Info Moodle Briefing (Valentina Mosconi, Learning Technician) CW217
12.45-2.00 Lunch

NB: This extended time can also be used to collect student cards from the Student Centre

2.00 – 2.30 Generic Course Info Library Induction Session (Sally Patalong, Subject Librarian) CW217
2.30 – 4:00 Course Specific Info Introduction to the Health Psychology Masters

Liz Sparkes, MSc Health Psychology Course Director and Carol Percy, Senior lecturer in psychology

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4:00 – 4:30 Course Specific Info Queries/Students to Collect Student Cards CW215

We’ve gone official

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Some pics we’ve chosen to show our vision of health psychology

It has taken a wee while but the official Coventry University website now links to this blog. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors who’ve come to us via the CU course finder pages.

Let us know what you think of our blog. Which look do you prefer?

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Some images from the CU course finder pages

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Talk 11 am at this Saturday’s PG Open Day

For those of you who have already booked your place at this Saturday’s PG Open Day at Coventry University:

I will be meeting all those enquiring about the Health Psychology courses at 11 am in the Student Hub.

I will give you a personal presentation on the course and chance for questions and answers.

Looking forward to meeting you then.

Carol P

Course Director

Success for this year’s cohort (and countdown to our newbies)

Congratulations to our MSc Health Psychology students who got their dissertation marks today. This was the last piece of assessed work on the course.

We know that some of you already have plans for your next career step, and we hope that all of you will stay in touch. Some of you have already expressed an interest in coming back as guest speakers. And for those who have been too shy to ask – don’t worry – we’ll probably email and pester you!

If you are free, we’d love you to come and meet our new cohort of students at induction day on Tuesday 24th September. The Dean’s welcome talk for new starters will be 09.30-09.45 in Charles Ward Building 215. Further details of the timetable for the day will follow soon.

Best wishes

Carol Percy
Course Director, MSc Health Psychology.

MSc Health Psychology International Visits

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All our MSc students are eligible to join Coventry University Global Leaders Programme.  As well as many networking and personal/professional development activities, this may also involve trips overseas, organised, supported and subsidised by the university.

Two of our current students are active participants in Global Leaders.  One has travelled to Hong Kong and the other will soon be visiting India.  Further details of their adventures to follow.

Find out more about Global Leaders by clicking on the link above, or follow them on Facebook.

If you would like to suggest a site for students to visit, please do get in touch.

Work experience in health psychology: our students’ placements

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Preparing students for professional practice is at the core of our programme. In the module Advancing Professional Practice in Health Psychology, students have the option to undertake a work experience placement. The structure and format of this is flexible, and the choice of setting can be negotiated between the student and the course team.

Examples of placements our students have undertaken include:

  • Research work in the Applied Research Centre for Health & Lifestyle Interventions
  • Clinical support work in drugs and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Community public health outreach work with a football club
  • Clinical support work in hospital haematology services

Because our programme is long established, we have good links to organisations that offer placements. This work experience is very valuable in establishing your professional and career network. Some of our students who undertake placements go on to paid employment with the same organisations after they graduate.

Here is a very brief snapshot of the key learning experiences our 2012/13 cohort of students have undertaken on their placements:

  • Conducting a literature review on factors that influence food choice, especially for people with learning disabilities.
  • Participant observer in a community based weight management group for people with learning disabilities.
  • Presenting to a multidisciplinary professional team research findings on determinants of food choice in people with learning disabilities.
  • Drawing on principles of motivational interviewing to deliver a participative health and wellbeing class to people at a Sikh temple.
  • Drawing on principles of cognitive behavioural theory to deliver a healthy eating workshop to people at a Sikh temple.
  • Producing posters to increase engagement with a walking group for people with long term mental health conditions.
  • Co-facilitating a healthy eating workshop for people with long term mental health conditions.
  • Dealing sensitively and professionally with a patient’s disclosure of non- adherence to treatment.
  • Attending external, cross-organisational training on promoting health and wellbeing.
  • Developing a new range of supported physical activities for people with long term mental health conditions.
  • Participant observation in a weight management group.
  • Collecting and analysing patient reported outcomes (e.g. HRQoL) pre and post a group intervention for obese patients seeking bariatric surgery.
  • Redesigning information leaflets for renal patients.
  • Conducting a literature review on the relationship between sleep apnoea and obesity.
  • Teaching NHS colleagues about psychosocial aspects of end stage renal failure.

Come and meet a member of the team at our open day 8th June

We are looking forward to welcoming anyone interested in postgraduate study in health psychology to our Open Day on 8th June. Further details on the university’s main site below.

http://www.coventry.ac.uk/study-at-coventry/open-days/postgraduate-and-part-time/