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Working with families, carers and significant others

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Working with families, carers and significant others

The module aims to equip mental health practitioners with an advanced understanding and critical analysis of the theoretical background and research evidence as well as the clinical skills to undertake family intervention for psychosis in practice.

The module requires practitioners to bring in clinical material (whilst maintaining confidentiality) from their practice setting in order to explore and integrate concepts from the module to their clinical work. In addition, role-play will be used as a resource to support teaching and learning.

The programme encourages reflective practice and responsibility for one’s own professional development and the dissemination of appropriate knowledge and skills to others. The learning outcomes are achieved through a variety of both classroom and practice based learning methods.

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

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate critical analysis and synthesis of the theoretical, evidence and policy base for family work models and frameworks.
  2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the needs of families, carers and significant others and specific family work interventions for SMI.
  3. Acquire and apply clinical skills delivering family work interventions to families/carers or significant others demonstrating flexibility in relation to their particular clinical setting integrating theories/learning into practice.
  4. Actively manage the complexities and potential ethical dilemmas of family interventions practice and work proactively with others to make decisions and formulate solutions.
  5. Demonstrate effective collaboration with service users, carers and other appropriate professionals.
  6. Demonstrate skills which would enable the student to strategically promote and champion working with families through credible clinical skills, critical articulation and reflective practice.
  7. Become a reflective and self-evaluative practitioner in order to improve one’s own practice and promote change.

Who is the module for? Registered health practitioners with a minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience in a healthcare setting, who have normally completed the postgraduate modules  Recovery orientated care, Assessment of psychosocial need and Psychosocial interventions.

Module code: AP7020Y

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

Assessment: Practice assessment document and reflective account

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 teaching days

Module dates:*

  • 7, 14, 21, 28 February, 7, 14, 21, 28 March, 4, 11 April 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

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

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