Mental Health: Diagnosis, Interventions and Treatments - PSYC6410

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Lydia Kearney checkmark-circle

Overview

This module provides students with theoretical instruction and opportunities for critical evaluation in abnormal psychology. It examines the origins and identification of different forms of atypical cognitions and behaviours and investigate the psychological and social impact for patients. The module covers some of the major mental health disorders, focusing primarily on what research has to say about their social/cognitive/biological bases and the implications they have for treatment. In addition, the module describes several methodological approaches, ask fundamental questions about the meaning of normality. The historical developments in this field are examined and current interventions and treatments feature highly in this module.

Details

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Availability

Compulsory to:
• BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with a Year Abroad
• BSc in Social Psychology

Optional to:
• BSc Business Psychology
• BSc Business Psychology with a placement Year

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:

* Poster 1,000 words 20%
* Extended Essay 3,000 words 80%
* This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module.

Reassessment methods: Like-for-like.

Indicative reading

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html).

Main Texts (Available online and in the library)
• Oltmanns, T. F., & Emery, R. E. (2012). Abnormal Psychology. Pearson.
Supplementary Reading (Available online and in the library)
• Cromby, J., Harper, D., & Reavey, P. (2013). Psychology, Mental Health and Distress. Palgrave Macmillan.
• Comer, R. J. (2013). Abnormal Psychology. Worth.
• Ussher, J. M. (1991). Women's Madness: Misogyny or Mental Illness? Harvester Wheatsheaf.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Subject specific learning outcomes:
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the historical developments surrounding the classification of a range of psychological disorders and their treatment methods
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the current diagnostic criteria for mental disorders, and be aware of the links between symptoms and optimal treatment approaches
3. * Show key intellectual skills by critically evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive interventions and drug treatment approaches in abnormal psychology
4. Evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the contributions made by the different approaches and research methods that are used in mental health practice
5. * Show familiarity with a broad range of interventions and treatments for mental disorders

* This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module.

Generic learning outcomes:
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. * Demonstrate understanding of the variety of sources that are available to construct and communicate information. For example, assessing the possible causes of abnormal behaviour, and the importance of a formal classification system for diagnosis
2. * Independently evaluate evidence, and present findings and opinions as part of a group. For example, the effectiveness of mental health interventions/ treatments with reference to specific mental disorders
3. * Competently disseminate their work to an audience (i.e. via a poster)
4. * Express opinions, argue rationally and engage in critical thinking both orally and in the written form

* This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module.

Notes

  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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