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Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health - HEA00108I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Laura Scott Weatherby
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module aims to increase understanding and application of a range of therapeutic psychosocial interventions used in mental health. Through reflection of theory and skills practice, underpinned by lectures, students will further develop their clinical skills in working alongside a person experiencing mental health distress to enable a collaborative and whole person approach when implementing a therapeutic intervention.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and demonstrate the central importance of negotiating a therapeutic intervention with a client.
  2. Demonstrate, through skills practice, a comprehensive understanding of a range of therapeutic interventions used with individuals, families and groups.
  3. Apply underpinning theory during skills practice relating to a psychosocial intervention.
  4. Implement a psychosocial therapeutic intervention collaboratively with an individual, family or group.
  5. Describe the influence of the care environment on individuals suffering with mental health distress.


Task Length % of module mark
Objective Structured Clinical Examination - HS Dpt
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Objective Structured Clinical Examination - HS Dpt
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Falloon, I., Boyd, J. and McGill, C. (1984). Family care of schizophrenia: a problem-solving approach to the treatment of mental illness. New York: Guildford Press.
  • Gamble, C. and Brennan, G. (Eds.). (2006). Working with serious mental illness: a manual for clinical practice. 2nd edn. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • Kanter, J.W., Busch, A.M. and Rusch, L.C. (2009). Behavioural activation: distinctive features. Hove: Routledge.
  • Kuipers, E., Leff, J. and Lam, D. (2002). Family work for schizophrenia: a practical guide. London: Gaskell.
  • Lewis, B (2011) Narrative Psychiatry: How stories can shape clinical practice. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.
  • Moncrieff, J. (2008). The myth of the chemical cure: a critique of psychiatric drug treatment. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Morrison, A.P. et al. (2004). Cognitive therapy for psychosis: a formulation-based approach. Hove: Routledge.
  • Morrison, A.P. et al. (2008). Think you're crazy Think again: a resource book for cognitive therapy for psychosis. Hove: Routledge.
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council (2015) The Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. London: NMC
  • Romme, M. et al. (2009). Living with voices: 50 stories of recovery. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.
  • Vinogradov, S. and Yalom, I.D. (1989). Concise guide to group psychotherapy. Washington: American Psychiatric Press.

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