The course will lead you through a sequence of modules that build up your knowledge and skills. You can exit the programme at various stages to obtain the awards of PGCert, PG Dip or MSc.
The programme is made up of Core and optional modules. The core modules are compulsory and will ensure that your award reflects the key knowledge and skills needed to respond to effectively to people in mental distress.
There are four core modules:
Contemporary issues in mental health
This module will introduce you to the key challenges and debates that shape research, policy and practice in the mental health field. You will learn how the different models of mental health inform how we view intervention. By the end of the module you will have more confidence in critiquing the assumptions, theories and practices that shape our perspectives on mental health.
Mental Health Statutory Practice: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities
This module builds on the previous module and examines key aspects of mental health law, policy and service provision. You will learn to navigate the potential ethical dilemmas arising from balancing an individual’s rights and freedoms against the risks and responsibilities that entails..
Understanding and assessing mental distress
This module will help you to identify signs of mental distress so that you can be more attuned to offering effective responses. The module focuses on what we know about assessing mental health and will help you to critique the different ways in which services articulate and classify mental distress. You will hear from service users and practitioners about potential responses to distressed individuals and their families.
Research approaches and methods
During the masters programme you will be required to read and comment on mental health research and how it is applied to practice settings. This module builds on that learning and equips you to complete a piece of research or review research in a particular aspect of mental health for your dissertation. In order to undertake your dissertation you will need to complete this module.
To complete your masters you will need to write a dissertation – either in the form of a research project or literature review. You will be guided on how to chose a fruitful focus for your work through individual and group tutorials. There are 2 lengths of dissertation you can undertake – either 12000 or 18000 words. The option you chose will determine how many optional modules you need to take.
Optional modules may include:
The mental health impacts of domestic violence and sexual abuse
This module will consider the psychological impact of experiencing or perpetrating abuse. You will learn how to identify the impact of abuse and respond to it from a trauma informed perspective.
Safeguarding in Mental Health
This module will explore the importance of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children in line with ethical practice and current legislation. You will learn how to respond to safeguarding concerns and how to make appropriate choices in promoting interventions.
Inclusive and reflective practice
This module offers the chance to learn about the key principles and theories underpinning inclusive and reflective practice. It explores the value of personal development and relational approaches to engaging with others.
Migration and Mental Health
This module offers the chance to gain a critical understanding of mental health needs of migrant and refugee/asylum seeking populations and contextualise the challenges for health/social care service responses. You will examine global mental health challenges that impact the lives of migrants and asylum seekers.