Mental Health: Diagnosis, Interventions and Treatments - SP641

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 6 15 (7.5) DR L Kearney checkmark-circle


This module provides you 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 investigates the psychological and social impact for patients. It 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 and asks 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.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

22 hours

Method of assessment

100% coursework.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate a sound understanding of the historical developments surrounding the classification of a range of psychological disorders and their treatment methods
8.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the current diagnostic criteria for mental disorders, and be aware of the links between symptoms and optimal treatment approaches
8.3 Show key intellectual skills by critically evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive interventions and drug treatment approaches in abnormal psychology
8.4 Evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the contributions made by the different approaches and research methods that are used in mental health practice
8.5 Show familiarity with a broad range of interventions and treatments for mental disorders

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 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
9.2 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
9.3 Competently disseminate their work to an audience (i.e. via a poster)
9.4 Express opinions, argue rationally and engage in critical thinking both orally and in the written form


  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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