Crisis Interventions in Mental Health (Level 6) / Mental Health Crisis Interventions (Level 7) - 20 credits - Module

  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: January 2020
  • Study mode: Short Course (6 weeks)
  • Location: City South

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Non-pharmacological interventions are possibly the simplest therapeutic acts that may yield the most complex results. This module aims to equip the learner with the essential knowledge and skills that are needed to become a more holistic practitioner. The focus of this module therefore, is equipping the learner with skills to pass onto a service user with the aim of allowing the user to treat themselves and not need further professional intervention.

What's covered in the course?

This module recognises and acknowledges that medication used to ‘treat’ mental illness is actually targeted more on symptom suppression rather than illness eradication. Moreover, medications frequently cause effects that are subjectively worse than the symptom it was meant to treat and so is frequently cited as the main reason for not adhering to medication regimes. This non-adherence is frequently termed non-compliance yet this phrase projects a negative, rebellious meaning that suggests that the service user is to blame in some way – perhaps a more accurate interpretation however, is that health professionals may have neglected to take the service users opinion/preferences into account. This results in an inappropriate or unwanted pharmacological intervention being used.

Perhaps a goal of all health professionals should be to equip the service user, wherever possible, with the skills so that they have no need to see the health professional any more. These skills would focus on achievable symptom management rather than on unrealistic symptom eradication. To this end, this module encourages health/social professionals to explore alternative means of intervention that may be more amenable to service users and is not based in pharmacology.

The lecturers are all experienced professionals who are passionate about this subject and are keen to share their knowledge. Students will receive classroom based lectures and web based instruction as well as individual tutorials to address any idiosyncratic need – all this will be based at the City South campus in Edgbaston.

Why Choose Us?

  • Contemporary practice
  • Holistic teaching to facilitate holistic care
  • Person – not patient – centred care

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Jan 2020 SC 6 weeks
TBC

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

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How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

6 months post qualifying experience in Nursing, Social Work, Education or Psychology and hold appropriate registration. Must be working with adults in a community or appropriate practice setting.

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

Welcome to this module, which forms part of the Community Mental Health pathway on the BSc Professional Practice programme. This module is aimed all those with an interest in helping a person in crisis.

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding to effectively help a person to deal effectively with their distress caused by a mental health related issue.The overall focus is to consider the needs of a person in distress and to either:

  1. Assist the person to meet these needs where appropriate.
  2. Teach the skills needed so that the person can self-manage their situation.
  3. Suggest a suitable intervention (including for example, the use of medication, admission).

The module acknowledges the frailty of human existence and that people may need support at various points in their life journey.

A variety of teaching methods will be employed so that a diversity of learning styles may be accommodated for, ensuring that you receive the best instruction. Some lectures will be delivered ‘face to face’ using presentations as well as the use of seminar where all participants are invited to provide their own thoughts/understanding of a topic area. On-line forums/discussion boards will be used whereby you can discuss your thoughts/ideas with your peers so that a collaborative learning environment is created. Lecturer input will be used only to prompt discussion and debate.

The lecturers will be experts in this field, with experience ranging from conducting research programmes to practising clinicians.

To aid learning and knowledge acquisition, formative assessments will be used so that you can check your understanding of the topic in order to develop your self-awareness, reflexivity and ownership of your studies. Throughout, you will be encouraged to voice any concerns and to identify areas that you feel need further clarification.

Great emphasis will be placed on the use of learned crisis interventions so that excellence in practice may be shared between you and your peers through the use of seminars and forum postings. In addition, the importance of using research based evidence will be emphasised in order to allow you to practice with theory driven proven techniques.

This module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return BCU Module Specification V1.01 2018/19 19/10/18 you will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

Welcome to this module, which forms part of the Community Mental Health pathway on the MSc Professional Practice programme. This module is aimed all those with an interest in helping a person in crisis and who seek a comprehensive understanding of this area.

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding to effectively help a person to deal effectively with their distress caused by a mental health related issue. The overall focus is to consider the needs of a person in distress and to either:

  1. Assist the person to meet these needs where appropriate.
  2. Teach the skills needed so that the person can self-manage their situation.
  3. Suggest a suitable intervention (including the use of medication, admission).

The module acknowledges the frailty of human existence and that people may need support at various points in their life journey.

A variety of teaching methods will be employed so that a diversity of learning styles may be accommodated for, ensuring that you receive the best instruction. Some lectures will be delivered ‘face to face’ using presentations as well as the use of seminar where all participants are invited to provide their own thoughts/understanding of a topic area. On-line forums/discussion boards will be used whereby you can discuss your thoughts/ideas with your peers so that a collaborative learning environment is created. Lecturer input will be used only to prompt discussion and debate.

The lecturers will be experts in this field, with experience ranging from conducting research programmes to practising clinicians.

To aid learning and knowledge acquisition, formative assessments will be used so that you can check your understanding of the topic in order to develop your self-awareness, reflexivity and ownership of your studies. Throughout, you will be encouraged to voice any concerns and to identify areas that they feel need further clarification.

Great emphasis will be placed on the use of learned psychosocial interventions so that excellence in practice may be shared between you through the use of seminars and forum postings. In addition, the importance of using research based evidence will be emphasised in order to allow you to practice with theory driven proven techniques.

This module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return BCU Module Specification V1.01 2018/19 24/10/18 you will receive regular feedback and feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Course structure

The module will begin with a scrutiny of current paradigms of treatment along with the issue of medical dominance. Next, the evidence base for pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions is examined followed by a variety of interventions highlighted.

This module will facilitate students to progress a career in the community setting, and will lead to an independent practitioner.

Assessment

Students will need to produce a portfolio of evidence totalling 4,000 words. This will be comprised of two components that will allow the student to demonstrate both the theoretical and practice based knowledge.

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Tony Barlow

Senior Lecturer

Tony has been a senior lecturer at Birmingham City University since 2004, with responsibilities focusing on Post Registration teaching provision. He is a Deputy Program Director (Professional Practice) as well as the Deputy Insurance Lead on the Faculty Academic and Ethics Committee. His areas of interest include psycho-social interventions, auditory hallucinations and the sociological aspects of mental illness causation/construction.

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