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SCQF Level: 07  

Module Code: MHN002

Credit Value: 20  

Year: 2017/8

Term: Term 1

School: School of Social and Health Sciences

Description

This module takes a lifespan approach outlining organisation of mental health services, describing common mental health problems and consequent problems of living experienced at different stages of life.

Aims

Taking a life stages approach, the aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the organisation of mental health services, the and the difficulties experienced by those living with mental distress.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Describe the key features of the organisation of mental health services

2.  Describe the main theoretical models of mental distress

3.  Describe the problems of living experienced by people with mental health problems using a life stage approach

4.  Describe common strategies and approaches to working with people with mental health problems with specific focus on recovery based approaches

5.  Introduce students to common diagnostic categories, exploring the advantages and disadvantages associated with their use.

Indicative Content

1 Organisation of mental health services

Core features of mental health services; factors influencing organisation of mental health services: policy, legislation, demographic and historical factors; national and local perspectives; rural populations. The contribution of the NHS, private and third sectors

2 Major theoretical models of mental health problems

Biological, social and psychological models of mental health problems; cognitive model; psychodynamic; stress vulnerability; recovery. The impact of genetics, biological factors, age, class, gender and ethnicity on health and illness. The distribution of mental illness across the lifespan and by social group, ethnicity. The impact of disability on emotional and psychological well- being.

2 Major theoretical models of mental health problems

Biological, social and psychological models of mental health problems; cognitive model; psychodynamic; stress vulnerability; recovery. The impact of genetics, biological factors, age, class, gender and ethnicity on health and illness. The distribution of mental illness across the lifespan and by social group, ethnicity. The impact of disability on emotional and psychological well- being.

2 Major theoretical models of mental health problems

Biological, social and psychological models of mental health problems; cognitive model; psychodynamic; stress vulnerability; recovery. The impact of genetics, biological factors, age, class, gender and ethnicity on health and illness. The distribution of mental illness across the lifespan and by social group, ethnicity. The impact of disability on emotional and psychological well- being.

3 Problems of living

Problems of living experienced across the lifespan by the person with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenic disorders, ADHD and eating disorders in the community setting; social exclusion; social disability; stigma

4 Approaches and strategies

Assessment strategies; recovery focussed approach; WRAP; psychosocial interventions; medication; case management; CPA; ICP. Promoting health and well- being. Health education.

5 Health needs of those with learning disability

Understanding learning disability, the physical, social and psychological needs of the person with learning disabilities across the lifespan. Barriers to provide adequate health care and approaches to addressing need in this group.

6 Diagnostic categories

Understanding diagnosis and common diagnostic categories, their value and limitations

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module is delivered by lecture and tutorial with some online learning. Teaching draws on a range of resources which explore the lived experience of mental distress, including the experience of care.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 6
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 20
Independent 150

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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.

Disclaimer: 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 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.

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