PSYC06013 2016 Adult Mental Health: A Psychological Perspective

General Details

Full Title
Adult Mental Health: A Psychological Perspective
Transcript Title
Adult Mental Health:A Psychol
100 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rosaleen Rushe
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

In this module, students are introduced to the area of adult psychopathology.  The course explores the conceptualizaton and treatment of mental health throughout history.  The module examines current paradigms, assessment methods, treatment.  Psychological research methods will also be examined.

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:


Domain 1:  Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2:  Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking

Domain 3:  Safety and Quality

Domain 5:  Professional Knowledge and Skills


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Critically discuss the evolution of understanding of mental illness and the the impact of this knowleddge and understanding on the treatment and services provided (Domain 1.6, 1.23, 2.3, 2.9, 5.1, 5.4, 5.7, 5.9).


Classify and describe the main psychological disorders of adult functioning, aetiology of these disorders and current treatment protocols (Domain 1.2, 1.5, 1.23, 2.9, 2.17, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.9). 


Explain the psychological research methods used when studying mental health (Domain 3.1, 5.1).


Critically examine diagnostic and assessment methods used and the challenges posed (e.g. cultural sensitivity)( Domain  3.6, 5.5).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be taught in lecture and will also be taught in tutorial format.  The tutorials will give space to the students to explore concepts in more depth.

Module Assessment Strategies

The students have one assessment.  This is an end of semester examination of 100%.

This module’s assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

100% examination:  Domain 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.23, 2.3, 2.9, 2.17, 3.1, 3.6, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.9.)

Repeat Assessments

The examination can be repeated at the next sitting

Indicative Syllabus

Historical overview of the evolution of the understanding of mental health.  How this understanding influenced services and treatment from ancient times to the present day.  A critical examination of the link between understanding and dehumanisation, discrimination and prejudice towards people with mental health difficulties.

A thorough understanding of current psychological paradigms (cognitive, behavioural etc).  a critical examination of diagnostic systems, benefits, and inherent weaknesses.  An understanding of the parameters of good assessment (standardisation, norms, validity, etc).  An understanding of psychological research methods.

The main disorders of adult psychological functioning will be explored (anxiety, mood, substance-related disorders, schizophrenia, personality, body dysmorphic, etc).  Aetiology, symptoms, treatments, research on treatment efficacy, etc will be explored.  A diathesis-stress paradigm will be employed to aid understanding of the multi-faceted nature of mental health  (Genetics, family, socio-economic status, employment, social, etc will all be explored and their varying contributions to the development of specific mental health difficulties)



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016 Treating Women with Substance Use Disorders Guilford

Recommended Reading
2016 Cognitive Behavioural Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia Guilford

Recommended Reading
2016 Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research Routledge

Recommended Reading
2016 The Cognitive Psychology of Depression Psychology Press

Recommended Reading
2016 Compliance with Treatment in Schizophrenia Psychology Press

Recommended Reading
2016 Stress :-:- Strategy Psychology Press

Recommended Reading
2015 Addictions Routledge

Recommended Reading
2015 Mind over Mood Guilford

Recommended Reading
2015 Anxiety and Stress Management Routledge

Recommended Reading
2014 Abnormal Psychology Wiley

Recommended Reading
2011 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety Disorders Guilford Press

Recommended Reading
2011 Vulnerability to Psychosis Guilford Press

Recommended Reading
2012 Bipolar Imperalism Guilford

Recommended Reading
2010 How to talk to a Borderline Guilford

Recommended Reading
2011 Expression of Drunkenness Guilford

Recommended Reading
2011 Psychosis as a Personal Crisis Guilford

Module Resources

URL Resources

College databases in particular "Web of Science" and "Science Direct"

Psychology journals and mental health journals of particular importance e.g. Addiction, Eating Disorders, British Journal of Psychiatry, The Psychologist, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology etc

Additional Information

Important learning takes place in the tutorials and therefore it is mandatory that students attend.  The students must attend when peers are doing presentations.