Psychosocial Interventions for People who Experience Serious Mental Health Problems

This undergraduate pathway enables practitioners to either study for a full award or to take one or more modules on a freestanding basis.

It aims to equip mental health professionals with a clear range of knowledge values and skills, all of which have been clearly demonstrated to be effective in meeting the needs of people who experience serious mental health problems and their families or carers.

We use extensive research to ensure the programme is solidly founded in evidence-based practice. It aims to enable you to critically appraise recent clinical research and policy guidelines relating to the treatment of people who experience serious mental health problems and is wholly in line with the national modernisation agenda. You will be expected to adapt and modify this research for application to your own clinical area.

Key features

  • focus on multidisciplinary working
  • innovative approach using psychological and social models of serious mental health problems
  • psychological and social interventions
  • focus on the development of clinical skills
  • involvement of carers or families.

Option one: BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care Practice (PSI)

This option is suitable for practitioners holding a Diploma of Higher Education, a foundation degree, or an equivalent qualification in a healthcare related subject, who want to top-up to an honours degree.

To obtain a BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care Practice (PSI) you will be required to:

You will need to identify six people who experience difficult thoughts, beliefs or voices: four individual people and two further people who have a family or network of contacts. Clinical interventions with these people will be assessed at key stages during the course by reviewing audio-tape recordings of clinical sessions.

In addition you will need to attend weekly clinical supervision sessions as part of the course programme, in order to develop clinical practice.

Option two: Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Care Practice (PSI)

If you already hold an honours degree and wish to gain a further Level 6 qualification in Health and Social Care practice, the graduate diploma option is suitable for you.

To obtain a Graduate Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care Practice (PSI), you will be required to undertake actual study with the University of York for a total of 120 credit points at Level 6. This is made up of:

You will need to identify six people who experience difficult thoughts, beliefs or voices: four individual people and two further people who have a family or network of contacts. Clinical interventions with these people will be assessed at key stages during the course by reviewing audio-tape recordings of clinical sessions.

In addition you will need to attend weekly clinical supervision sessions as part of the course programme, in order to develop clinical practice.

Option three: Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care Practice (PSI)

If you are an experienced healthcare professional and would like to study towards a first higher education qualification, the Diploma of Higher Education option is suitable for you. You may, for example, have a registered general nurse qualification, or maybe an Institute of Healthcare Development Paramedic Award, and may have undertaken some subsequent study.

To obtain a Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care Practice (PSI) you will need to:

You will need to identify six people who experience difficult thoughts, beliefs or voices: four individual people and two further people who have a family or network of contacts. Clinical interventions with these people will be assessed at key stages during the course by reviewing audio-tape recordings of clinical sessions.

In addition you will need to attend weekly clinical supervision sessions as part of the course programme, in order to develop clinical practice.

Eligibility

This pathway is open to those who work with people who experience serious mental health problems and who can provide evidence of ability to study at Level 5 or Level 6.

Accredited by:

THORN Accreditation

Further information

Contact Anita Savage-Grainge, Programme Leader on 01904 321669 or email anita.savagegrainge@york.ac.uk‌ or download a copy of the PSI Pathway (PDF  , 605kb) brochure.