Working Therapeutically with Long Term Health Conditions


This module examines the theoretical understandings, and lived experiences associated with the emotional and psychological impact of long-term health conditions. It will explore the need for care, support and the range of therapeutic interventions offered to people with these conditions


The aim of this module is to help students understand the experience of people with long-term health conditions, and the range of emotional support and therapeutic interventions offered. The foundation to this understanding will be research and practice in this area.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Discuss and evaluate relevant theoretical concepts and models of long- term health conditions and disability

2.  Examine and appraise therapeutic methods and interventions for clients with long- term conditions

3.  Discuss research evidence related to therapeutic interventions for long-term health conditions

4.  Evaluate the role of inter-disciplinary and multi-agency working in the care and support of people with long-term health conditions

5.  Discuss the impact of long -term conditions on the individual and significant others

Indicative Content

1 Theoretical perspectives

Epidemiology, theoretical concepts and models of long-term health conditions and disability.

2 Key issues in living with long- term health conditions

Emotional and relational difficulties experienced by individuals with long term health conditions

3 Therapeutic interventions and support

Therapeutic methods and interventions for long-term health conditions. Case examples and the development of therapeutic tasks. The role of agencies and charities and emotional support services

4 Impact of LCT

Emotional, social and physical impact on the individual and significant other

5 Inter-agency and multidisciplinary work

Working across agencies and disciplines - respective contributions and challenges . The role of the person with the long-term condition in designing, purchasing and evaluating support.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module combines selected webcasts, readings, lectures and class based workshops/discussions, in which students are encouraged to engage with key issues in this subject area. The module will include a focus on research carried out at Abertay University in order to provide research informed teaching that aligns to TLE aims. Staff with relevant research expertise will be invited to contribute. Service providers from the charity sector will also be invited to contribute.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 15
Tutorial/Seminar 15
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 130

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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.