Advanced psychosocial assessment and formulation (degree and masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit module can be studied at degree or masters level and will enable you to develop an understanding of the use of ‘common factors’ in developing effective communication skills and collaborative working in the biopsychosocial assessment and formulation of mental health problems, leading to evidence based treatment choices.

There will be focus on reflective practice and workplace-based cases to ensure clinical relevance.

Module code

HEAD349 / APP705*

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

*This module was previously known as MCH529 at masters level

HEAD349 course details (degree level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically analyse and contrast different concepts of mental health and mental illness, diagnostic category systems in mental health and a range of biopsychosocial, medical and psychological explanatory models.
  • effectively apply ‘common factors’ to engage patients, gather information, build therapeutic alliances with people with mental health problems, manage the emotional content of sessions and grasp the client’s perspective or world view.
  • discuss critically and utilise effectively patient-centred information to arrive at a succinct and collaborative formulation of the client’s main mental health difficulties and the impact these have on their daily living.
  • assess effectively and recognise accurately the risk posed by clients to themselves or others.
  • analyse effectively the patient’s attitude to a range of mental health treatments, including prescribed medication and evidence-based psychological treatments.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. an essay reflecting on video role play assessment

2. a video assessment of a role playing actor.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

APP705 course details (masters level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • provide an advanced critical analysis of contrasting concepts of mental health and mental illness, diagnostic category systems in mental health and a wide range of biopsychosocial, medical and psychological explanatory models.
  • effectively apply advanced ‘common factors’ to engage patients, gather information, build effective therapeutic alliances with people with mental health problems, manage the emotional content of sessions and adapt therapeutic approaches to the client’s perspective or world view.
  • provide an advanced critical analysis of and utilise effectively, patient-centred information to arrive at a succinct, effective and collaborative formulation of the client’s main mental health difficulties and the impact these have on their daily living.
  • assess effectively and recognise accurately the risk posed by clients to themselves or others. Manage risk in an effective way adapting responses client specific contexts.
  • provide an advanced critical analysis of the patient’s attitude to a wide range of mental health treatments, including prescribed medication and evidence-based psychological treatments.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a reflective essay

2. a video assessment. 

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The taught dates for both modules are 16, 23 and 30 January, 6, 13, 20, 27 February and 6 March 2019.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.


What programmes can these modules count towards?

The degree-level module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Mental Health or as an optional module towards some other BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways.

The masters-level module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner) or as an optional module towards some other MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways. 

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

Module lead - Jon Perry

These modules should allow the student to learn relevant theory and skills in order to carry out structured, purposeful and collaborative assessments leading to evidence based treatment.

Find out more about Jon Perry

Entry requirements

To undertake these modules you must be:

  • a registered health and social care practitioner or health and social care worker working in an area of clinical practice that will allow you to meet the module learning outcomes.
  • in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree to study the module at degree level.
  • in possession of previous study at degree level to study the module at masters level.

Funding and fees

Funding

These modules are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees

For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.