The module is intended to introduce students to key psychological concepts, by exploring current debates in psychology. Students will learn about the psychological underpinnings of early risk and protective factors for mental illness and wellbeing as well as how school, family, and peers can best support the mental health of children and adolescents.
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The module is intended to introduce students to key psychological concepts, by exploring current debates in psychology concerning nature of mental illness in children and adolescents, how mental illness can be identified, and how schools, families, and peers can best support the mental health of children and adolescents. Attention will be given to critically examining relationships between academic research, policy and practice in various contexts such as at school, at home, and in the playground.
Academic and graduate skills:
The following is a list of indicative sessions for this module:
Introduction: Good Childhood Report – Students will be introduced to the concept of mental health.
Mental Health Continuum: Key terms – Students will learn about the key terms used when discussing mental health, distinguishing between mental wellbeing and mental illness.
Mental Health Risk factors – Students will learn about the underlying psychological theory related to risk factors for poor mental health in children and adolescents and how these manifest in schools, at home, and in the playground (e.g. bullying, poverty, attachment, etc.).
Mental Health Protective factors – In this session, students will be introduced to the concept of resilience and factors that protect children and adolescents from mental illness (e.g. good quality friendships, supportive home environment, etc.).
Developmental Disorders and Mental Health – This problem based learning session will introduce students to a number of developmental disorders. Students will be asked, in groups, to design and present to their peers an intervention to support children with a specific developmental disorder in a school, home, or playground setting (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder, Developmental Dyslexia).
Self Harm – Students will learn about some of the risk factors for self-harm and learn about lived experiences of adolescents who have engaged in self harm.
Supporting Children and Adolescents – Students will learn about evidence based interventions that can be implemented in school, at home, or in the playground for children and adolescents to support their mental health.
Mental Health Literacy – In this problem based learning session students will be asked, in groups, to design and present a resource that can be used to improve mental health literacy in schools.
Sibling Bullying and Mental Health - Students will learn about the precursors of sibling bullying and the effects of sibling bullying on the mental health of children and adolescents.
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3000 Word Essay
Students will receive feedback on poster titles in week 5. Students will also receive in-session feedback after the problem based learning sessions in week 5 and week 6. A formative task (essay plan, 1-2 pages in length) to be set during the Spring term.
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3000 Word Essay
Individual written feedback reports, with follow-up tutor meeting if necessary. The feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information
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