Introduction to Pluralistic Approaches to Mental Health


This module introduces students to a pluralistic approach to mental health work. It has a specific focus on understanding the therapeutic process, and the idea of recovery. The module will also look at aspects of practitioner work and requirements of helping professions.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :An understanding the context and theory of a variety of approaches to mental health

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand mental health from the post-modern perspective of pluralism

2.  Know the basic philosophical, historical, ethical and sociological perspectives of mental health

3.  Have a foundational understanding of the main approaches to counselling, and evidence-based practice in mental health

4.  Know the variety responsibilities, values and principles of professionals, para-professionals and lay-people working in mental health

5.  Understanding of the role of technology in mental health and the need for digital literacy

6.  Understand the need for personal soundness and reflectivity in mental health care

Indicative Content

1 Historical and theoretical foundations

Students will be taught the history of mental health perspectives and treatment. Cure, containment and recovery

2 Theoretical approaches

BiologicaL, person-centred, psychodynamic, Cognitive- behavioural and integrated models of mental health

3 Professional role distinctions

The roles and responsibilites of mental health practitioners including counsellor, psychotherapist, mental health nurse, clinical and counselling psychologists, psychiatrist

4 Therapeutic delivery methods

To include community practice, NHS and third sector, group, individual and on-line delivery

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module will comprise a weekly two-hour lecture/seminer with discussion and group activities. Sessions will include input from subject-experts who will provide associated reading associated directed reading. Engagement with on-line discussion board activities will be a requirement of the module, and assessment will incorporate reflections and learning from this activity.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 12
Assessment 40
Independent 124

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.