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Psychosocial interventions

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Psychosocial interventions

The focus of the module is to develop the student’s casework skills to offer recovery orientated care. It aims to develop mental health practitioners with advanced knowledge, skills and competencies to work collaboratively and effectively with service users who have a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions.

The psychosocial interventions and approaches covered in the module are recognised and mandated by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2013) for Schizophrenia and they are also increasingly being demanded by service user organisations (RETHINK).

As with the other modules in the pathway it is academically and competency focused, with pathway delivery focused on the integration of knowledge and skills into practice. This is achieved through both the teaching methods and the requirement that students work with two service users with a severe mental illness. Clinical skills are assessed through a taped session using modified criteria from the cognitive therapy checklist and all students are required to attend regular supervision throughout the module.

The module ‘Assessment of need and recovery’ must be undertaken before studying this module.

The module is also available as an undergraduate (level 6) award.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Analyse critically the knowledge and evidence base which underpins psychosocial interventions.
  2. Analyse critically the social policy drivers that underpin this area of mental health practice.
  3. Demonstrate autonomy in developing adaptive and innovative psychosocial interventions within the student’s particular clinical setting.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyse the complex issues and skills related to working with people with serious mental health problems.
  5. Become an autonomous, reflective and self-evaluative practitioner in order to improve one’s own practice and work effectively as a leader.
  6. Demonstrate ability to flexibly apply knowledge in order to generate transformative learning in clinical practice.

Who is the module for? Registered healthcare practitioners normally with one year’s post-qualifying practice experience.

Module code: AP7018Y

Entry criteria:

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.

 

Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).

 

Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.

International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).

Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).

 

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 7. This course is also available as a undergraduate (level 6) award.

Assessment: Reflective essay and practice-based assessment

Location: St George’s, University of London

Module length: 10 teaching days

Module dates:*

  • 15, 22, 29 November, 6, 13 December 2017, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 January 2018

* Dates may change

Fee: £1600

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc

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