PSYC06013 2016 Adult Mental Health: A Psychological Perspective
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
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.)
The examination can be repeated at the next sitting
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 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
Required & Recommended Book List
2016 Treating Women with Substance Use Disorders Guilford
2016 Cognitive Behavioural Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia Guilford
2016 Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research Routledge
2016 The Cognitive Psychology of Depression Psychology Press
2016 Compliance with Treatment in Schizophrenia Psychology Press
2016 Stress :-:- Strategy Psychology Press
2015 Addictions Routledge
2015 Mind over Mood Guilford
2015 Anxiety and Stress Management Routledge
2014 Abnormal Psychology Wiley
2011 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety Disorders Guilford Press
2011 Vulnerability to Psychosis Guilford Press
2012 Bipolar Imperalism Guilford
2010 How to talk to a Borderline Guilford
2011 Expression of Drunkenness Guilford
2011 Psychosis as a Personal Crisis Guilford
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
Important learning takes place in the tutorials and therefore it is mandatory that students attend. The students must attend when peers are doing presentations.