Module details for 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 of 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 responsibilities 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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 24
Assessment 40
Independent 124
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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