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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NURM076
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: RODRIGUEZ JM Miss (HSC)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Module Overview
Module Aims
The module will enable the student to:
Learn to engage with and assess a high volume of people with common mental health difficulties

Psychological Wellbeing Workers assess and support people with common mental health problems in the self management of their recovery. To do so they must be able to undertake a patient centred interview which identifies the person's main difficulties and identifies areas where the person wishes to see change and/or recovery and makes an accurate assessment of risk to self or others.

They need to be able to engage patients and establish a therapeutic alliance whilst gathering information to begin assisting the patient to choose and plan a collaborative treatment programme. They must have knowledge of mental health disorders and the evidence based therapeutic options available and be able to communicate this knowledge in a clear and unambiguous way so that people can make informed treatment choices. This module will, therefore, equip workers with a good understanding of the incidence, prevalence and presentation of common mental health problems and evidenced based treatment choices. Skills teaching will develop workers' core 'common factors' competencies of active listening, engagement, alliance building, patient centred information gathering, information giving and shared decision making.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
• Gain a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of common mental health problems as differentiated from severe and enduring mental health problems
• Articulate a comprehensive level of understanding and knowledge base around psychological and medical models of mental health including models of stepped care, inclusion and recovery

Cognitive skills
• Develop the ability to assess patients’ mental health difficulties, including risk assessments related to suicide self-harm and drug and alcohol usage
• Develop the data management skills to deal with high case loads
• Understand the limits of their competence as Low Intensity Workers and learn to practice within these limits

Practical Skills
• Assess the needs of people with common mental health difficulties using appropriate assessment instruments and interviews;
• Learn to do a comprehensive risk assessment
• Understand roles, boundaries of practice and appropriate skills required in dealing with common mental health problems in primary care;
• Learn to form and maintain a therapeutic alliance through appropriate expressions of empathy, genuineness and unconditional positive regard
• Develop reflexive strategies for personal management in caring for people with mental health difficulties in primary care settings.

Key/Transferable Skills
• Develop self-reflexivity of their own learning and development as a practitioner;
• Competently undertake mental health practice in primary care under supervision
• Acquire basic counselling skills that will enhance practice as Low Intensity workers

Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning
11 weeks, 15 days in total, running parallel with module 2:

• one day per week for 10 weeks, half the time to be spent in class in theoretical teaching and clinical simulation, the other half in the workplace undertaking supervised practice.
• five days of intensive skills practice workshops undertaken at the beginning of modules 1 and 2 and at the end.
Selected Texts/Journals

Kring, A.M. Johnson, S.L., Davison, G.C. and Neale, J.M. (2009) Abnormal Psychology 11th Edition Wiley Higher Education

Thorne, B. (2006). Carl Rogers (2nd edition ed.). London: Sage Publications.

Richards, D. & Whyte, M., (2008). Stepped care for common mental health problems: a handbook for low intensity workers. Oxford: Wiley (in press).


Burns, D. (1980) Feeling Good: The new mood therapy. New York: Avon Books

Greenberger, D. and Padesky, C. (1995) Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by changing the Way You Think London: The Guildford Press.

White, D. (2008) Going good at the Doncaster IAPT Therapy Today19,2,10-14

Mearns, D., & Cooper, M. (2005). Working at relational depth in counselling and psychotherapy. London: Sage Publications

Carson, R.C., Butcher, J.N. and Mineka,S. (2003) Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life Chapter on classification- DSM IV categories.

McKay, M., Davis, M., & Fanning, P. (2007). Thoughts and feelings: Taking control of your moods and your life. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Miller,S., Hubble, M. and Duncan, B. (2008) Supershrinks Therapy Today 19,3,4-9.

Rogers, C.R. (1951) Patient-centred therapy. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin

Rogers, C. (1961). On becoming a person: a therapist's view of psychotherapy. London: Constable.

Saunders, D., & Wills, F. (2005). Cognitive Therapy: An introduction. London: Sage Publications.


Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Therapy Today

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking Research with Practice

CBT Today

The Person-Centred Journal

Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies


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