Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental Health and Wellbeing 2023-24
School Of Human And Behavioural Sciences
Module - Semester 2
PPC4008 Mental Health and Wellbeing prepares students to work in the field of mental health by providing them with a diverse understanding of wellbeing across the mental health continuum. Students are given lectures in mental health delivered by experts in the field, and then they apply this theory in practice during their oral discussion group workshops.
Topics covered in this module include:
• Beyond the DSM
• Mood • Anxiety • Psychosis • Sexuality • Psychology of Abuse • Child Sexual Abuse
• Vicarious Trauma • Happiness, Positivity, and Resilience
Please note that these topics are subject to change dependent on staff availability, unexpected circumstances, and the assessed needs of the students
Assessment criteria for this module are:
Excellent (A*, A+, A, A-) • Insightful understanding of the assessment, symptoms, risks, and treatment for different forms of mental distress • Comprehensive knowledge of mental health and wellbeing • Detailed understanding with no factual errors • Critical analysis showing evaluation and synthesis of ideas • Novel and innovative originality in approach, interpretation, and voice • Extensive and comprehensive independent research • Logically defended arguments with evidence for all claims • Highly focused and well structured • Excellent presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Correct format in appropriate referencing style
Good (B+, B, B-) • Clear understanding of the assessment, symptoms, risks, and treatment for different forms of mental distress • Strong knowledge of mental health and wellbeing • Clear understanding and mostly free of factual errors • Some analysis showing critical evaluation and links between ideas • Novel originality in approach, interpretation, and voice • Considerable independent research from appropriate sources • Coherent arguments with evidence for most claims • Focused and well structured • Clear presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Mostly correct format in appropriate referencing style
Threshold (C+, C, C-) • Basic understanding of the assessment, symptoms, risks, and treatment for different forms of mental distress • Some knowledge of mental health and wellbeing • Understanding of the main concepts with no major factual errors • Basic analysis showing obvious points of evaluation and links between ideas • Some originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice for part of the work • Some independent research from appropriate sources • Arguments presented with evidence for the most important claims • Readable structure showing focus at times • Acceptable presentation with appropriate expression • Attempt at correct format in appropriate referencing style with no major errors
If you do not meet the threshold, then your work will be graded as a Fail. Fail grades vary from Poor (D+, D, D-, E+, E, E-) to Very Poor (F).
- Engage in the ongoing process of formulation by generating a comprehensive framework for the client's presentation and creating a therapeutic strategy for intervention in line with your therapeutic philosophy
- Explain and evaluate the possible presentations and interventions for psychological difficulties, with critical evaluation of their empirical evidence base and potential risks
- Orally present critical insights into a therapeutic case study in a group supervision setting
- Synthesise psychological, social, and pharmacological theories to analyse the continuum of mental health and wellbeing
What is Mental Health? (10%) Short essay of 500wds explaining your own personal understanding of mental health.
Psychoeducational Resources (50%) Resources that will have real-world benefits to counsellors and clients. You must produce the following: 1. Resource to support clients in understanding and managing their mental health and wellbeing (approx. 1000wds or 10mins or blend thereof). 2. Review of the evidence base behind the guidance within the resource (500wds). 3. User guide explaining how the resource will be used in your counselling work, accessibility issues, risks, and the expected impact on clients (500wds). 4. Reference list for everything cited in the resource, review, and user guide, including images, sounds, videos, etc. (APA format - no word count). 5. Bibliography (optional) containing everything used to produce the resource but not explicitly cited in the resource, review, or user guide. (APA format - no word count).
Oral Discussion Group Exam (40%) Twenty-minute mock group supervision exam discussing an unseen case study. Formulation Reflection (300wds) submitted prior to the exam explaining the key points to consider when engaged in formulation for a case study.