SCQF Level: 10
Module Code: PSY404
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 1
School: School of Social and Health Sciences
This module examines theory and practice in mental health disorders and explores cognitive decline in aging.
The aim of this module is to provide the student with an awareness of how psychological knowledge contributes to models used by mental health professionals in assessment and treatment of problem behaviour. The students will also be exposed to the cognitive changes and disorders that effect mental ability in the elderly.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the role of clinical psychology in a modern mental health service by assessing it's contribution to the promotion of health and alleviation of distress.
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the complexity of clinical assessment, formulation, aetiology and treatment processes.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of scientific rigor and measurement in clinical psychology and address the legal and ethical issues in diagnosis and hospital admission.
4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate the complexities of psychological science of mental health in plain English for lay audience.
5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the specific challenges of diagnosis and treatment of the elderly with mental health problems.
6. Demonstrate an appreciation of comorbidity in elderly patients.
Introduction to the training and practice of mental health and abnormal psychology. Historical and conceptual background to mental health and abnormal psychology.
2 Abnormal Psychological Disorders
The module will focus on the main abnormal psychological disorders, for example, anxiety disorders; affective disorders; Schizophrenia and the somatoform disorders.
3 Mental Health Specialisms
The module will focus on mental health specialisms, for example, the use of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based-Stress- Reduction (MBSR), suicidal behaviour and psychiatric rehabilitation.
4 Mental Health and Typical Aging
What constitutes "mental health" as we age? The problem of pathologising behaviour. Status, stigma, identity and power in old age.
5 Mental Health Phenomena in Dementia and Parkinsons Disease
Symptoms, diagnosis, intervention and quality of life. The problem of managing psychiatric symptoms such as psychosis in these conditions.
6 Mental Health Phenomena After a Stroke
Symptoms, diagnosis, intervention and quality of life. The problem of managing psychiatric symptoms such as depression and substance mis-use in these conditions.
7 Mental Health Phenomena of Bereavement
The process of death, normal and complex grief, end of life decisions, euthanasia.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Both the mental health and aging components of the module consist of lectures and seminars (provided by guest speakers). The seminars facilitate students engagement with particular mental health and aging related topics whilst placing an emphasis on student appreciation and understanding of the link between scientific study and issues in the "real word". These are designed to enhance self-directed learning, creativity, reflection and taking responsibility for learning. The students should be able to demonstrate independent learning, critical thinking and confidence in their awareness of new, provisional,and significant shifts in knowledge. In addition, students should be able to differentiate concepts, theories and models and show a critical appreciation of paradigms applied in both the aetiology and treatment of mental health. Students should be able to apply what they have learned about mental health to the specific case of older people. Both course works assess the student's achievements in combining the theoretical knowledge (intellectual), the "real-world" practices (professionalism) and experiential reflections (personal) towards becoming an active citizen. Unit 1 allows the student to demonstrate a sustained and well-researched argument on a mental health topic of their own choice and Unit 2 allows the development of an information pack aimed at lay people on an aging topic of their own choice.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
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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.