Module details for Mental Health and Young People: Contexts and Practice


This module introduces issues and approaches to mental health in young people, and provides students with an understanding of the interventions and support available to these groups


The aim of this module is to help students understand the distinct mental health experiences of young people, and the range of emotional support and therapeutic interventions available. Focus will be given to understanding theoretical foundations of approaches to children and young people’s mental health, and the skills and knowledge necessary for forging appropriate helping relationships with young people.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically discuss relevant theoretical concepts and models of human growth and development, and the relevant application of these specific to young people

2.  Examine and appraise therapeutic methods, traditions, and interventions for working with young people

3.  Critically review relevant sources of research evidence related to therapeutic interventions for young people

4.  Demonstrate in depth understanding of the skills, duties, and responsibilities in forging meaningful therapeutic relationships with young clients

5.  Reflect on and discuss the broader socio-political context – and accompanying treatment challenges – in the conceptualisation of mental health for young people in contemporary western society

Indicative Content

1 Theoretical Perspectives

Epidemiology, theoretical concepts and models of both human growth and development, and therapeutic intervention for young people

2 Socio-political context

Exploration of cultural movements, technology, ethical frameworks for good practice, therapeutic boundaries, and application in different contexts (e.g. schools, youth groups, private practice)

3 Key issues in working with young people

The distinct emotional and relational difficulties experienced by young people, and the challenges specific to treatment such as safeguarding and child protection

4 Therapeutic interventions and support

Therapeutic methods, skills, and interventions for working with young people. Case examples and the development of therapeutic tasks. The role of agencies, services, charities, and emotional support services.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 15
Practical Activity 15
Assessment 40
Independent 130
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.


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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.