Module details for Interventions – Evidence and Actions


Interventions – Evidence and Actions


The aim of this module is to provide the student with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the role of psychosocial interventions within mental health nursing. Students will be encouraged to develop skills in adopting talking therapies within nursing practice, and to explore the ethical, professional and personal issues around providing psychosocial interventions as an adjunct to other interventions.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of psychosocial interventions and how these can be used in mental health nursing practice.

2.  Critically evaluate the research evidence base which underpins psychosocial interventions

3.  Distinguish the effectiveness and role of interventions such as CBT, MI, family and play therapies in a collaborative, and person-centred healthcare context.

4.  Demonstrate emerging skills in utilising psychological and talking therapy interventions under simulation conditions.

Indicative Content

1 Psychological and talking therapies

The nature of psychosocial interventions and how they align to nursing philosophies; using a talking therapies approach in Mental Health Nursing; examining the evidence base for psychosocial interventions; ethical considerations; the nurse as an agent of therapy; understanding barriers to successfully working psychosocially and collaboratively with service-users.

2 Practice skills in talking therapies

Simulated practice sessions utilising skills in a range of approaches e.g. CBT, MI, Systems/family therapies, working in collaborative relationships in mental health contexts, understanding when and why interventions are used, and skills in applying interventions.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 30
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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