PSYC06020 2016 Mental Health & Wellness

General Details

Full Title
Mental Health & Wellness
Transcript Title
Mental Health & Wellness
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
Orla Walsh, Anna Fewer-Hamilton, John Kane
Programme Membership
SG_PCOUN_E06 201600 Certificate in Counselling

In this module, learners will be introduced to factors impacting on mental health and mental illness. We will explore how different psychological perspectives have sought to explain and treat mental illness. Some of the most common psychological disorders will be examined taking into account typical causes, maintaining and protection factors and treatments. In addition the learner will study aspects from positive psychology which aim to identify behaviours and attitudes know to enhance mental wellbeing. Learners will gain a basic understanding of some typical psychological problems seen in counselling.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate between the different psychological perspectives (psychodynamic, behavioural, humanistic, medical)
  1. Account for the role of biology in our psychological makeup.
  1. Identify the major disorders of mental health
  1. Examine the influence of technology on our sense of wellbeing.
  1. Recognise some of the behaviours and practises known to contribute to positive mental health.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

On line support and tutorial

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment.

Repeat Assessments

As per IT Sligo's policies and procedures and discussed at examination board.

Indicative Syllabus

Different Psychological perspectives
A brief introduction to some of the different psychological perspectives on mental health. These include the psychodynamic, the behaviourist, the humanistic, and the bio-psycho-social perspective. How the different perspectives have understood and treated the client. A holistic approach. The impact of Positive Psychology on our mental health.



Nature and Nurture

The role of genes, neurons and plasticity to our condition. The influence of others on us for better or worse. The diathesis- stress model.


Typical disorders of mental health

Psychosis, Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders, Eating Disorders, Addictions and Personality disorders.


Contemporary lives

Living in the digital age. Social network sites and mental health. Some current concerns.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 portfolio Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Online support 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.50 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom tutorial 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1999-10-18 Abnormal Psychology :An Introduction (Casebound with CD-ROM) Wadsworth Publishing
ISBN 0534354270 ISBN-13 9780534354275

This briefer version of Barlow and Durand's best-selling text was created specifically for those professors who were drawn to the authors' standard-setting integrative approach but wanted a shorter, easier book. In this briefer version, the authors provide-in approximately 550 pages-a integrative approach that helps students understand how each psychological disorder is determined by multiple factors: biological, psychological, cultural, social, familial, and even political. Throughout the text, real cases-95% from the authors' own case files-provide a realistic context for the scientific findings of the book, and ensure that readers never lose sight of the fact that beyond the DSM-IV criteria, the theories, and the research are real people. The Second Edition offers a complete course solution, including online resources, an interactive CD-ROM, six compelling videos, a casebook, two books of readings, and other ancillaries that make abnormal psychology come alive for students.

Recommended Reading
2013-03-11 Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology Worth Publishers
ISBN 1429295635 ISBN-13 9781429295635

Ron Comers brief text is ideal for introducing students to the realities of living with, treating, and researching psychological disorders. From his experiences as a practicing therapist, Comer draws a multitude of examples of real people and the disorders with which they struggle.  From his extensive classroom experience, he presents the material in a way that connects to students lives. And with this new edition, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology becomes the first abnormal psychology text that fully embraces diagnostic and definition changes introduced by the DSM-5.

Recommended Reading
2014-06-25 Positive Psychology: Research and Applications of the Science of Happiness and Fulfillment: New Field, New Insights: Applied Modern Psychology for Happiness (Volume 1) CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 1503093468 ISBN-13 9781503093461

Positive Psychology

Have you ever wondered:
  • How can I feel truly fulfilled in my life and actions?
  • How can I finally meet my life and career goals?
  • How can I work toward Happiness?
  • How can I turn pessimism to eternal Optimism?
You are in luck

Positive Psychology: Research and Applications of the Science of Happiness and Fulfillment by Jonny Bell provides deep, research-driven analysis and understanding of the new branch of psychology: positive psychology. Positive psychology seeks to fulfill you, to yield true satisfaction in your life. It works to rectify the mundane, to grab your life and shape it into what youve always wanted it to be. It lends you the courage to proceed down the path of eternal happiness.

This books positive psychology explanation gives way to ultimate, step-by-step instructions on how to achieve true happiness, positive thinking, mindfulness, resilience, and an effortless stream of optimism. The lowest pessimist can rise to the top and reap the health and emotional rewards. This book forces you to stop making excuses. Concentrate. Breathe. Slow your life in order to concentrate on your personal goals, your personal strengths. This book lends you the initial wave into an eternity of success and confidence. Youll have the ability to speak your mind, conquer your surroundings, and aid your fellow man. Positive psychology is the very thing that will allow you to take this earnest control. Let it. And maintain confidence and joy throughout your entire life.

Topics covered:

  • Comprehending Positive Psychology
  • History of Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychology Research Analysis
  • Achieving Happiness
  • Learned Optimism and Hope versus Helplessness
  • Mindfulness: Positive Psychology and Balance
  • Flow: The Drive to Succeed
  • Character Strengths and Virtues
  • Positive Thinking: A Process
  • Resilience and the Strength to Move Forward

Module Resources