Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging - 20 credits - Module

  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: February 2020
  • Study mode: Short Course (6 weeks)
  • Course cost: £680 per 20-credit module for UK/EU Short Course 2020 entry (view all fees)
  • Location: City South
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The module sets out to develop consensus about what constitutes ‘challenging behaviour’ within mental health care. Current definitions and understanding of personality disorder are also considered.

What's covered in the course?

You will learn by a range of taught sessions, relevant reading, discussion and practical clinically based problem solving exercises.

The module sessions will be run by experienced research active academic staff as well as by a range of experienced and currently practicing expert staff

Why Choose Us?

  • Critical awareness of the debate surrounding the care of people with challenging behaviour and formulate and locate your practice within this discussion.
  • Engage with relevant theoretical and evidence based literature around working with individuals who present with challenging behaviour
  • Critically appraise clinical practice in dealing with challenging behaviour and compare with other theoretical approaches
  • Construct and recommend strategies to improve therapeutic responses to challenging behaviour in clinical practice

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

Fees

This course costs...

£680 per 20-credit module

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Feb 2020 SC 6 weeks £680 per 20-credit module

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

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

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

The Mental Health Act of 2007 (MHA 2007) included an amendment to compulsory detention criteria. Previous legislation included a ‘treatability test’. This test excluded people who had problems considered unresponsive to psychiatric treatment such as personality disorder. The 2007 act also altered definitions of treatment to include nursing care and psychological interventions. One effect of these changes has been an increase in the detention of people with challenging behaviour. However, there is some evidence that care staff are unprepared to work with this client group.

The module is aimed at health and social care professionals who wish to develop their ability to work therapeutically with service users who may be identified as being difficult to work with and whose behaviours present challenges to therapeutic working. The module addresses issues such as the importance of understanding individual perceptions of health and ill health while working collaboratively with service users in an enabling and recovery based way. The module sets out to develop consensus about what constitutes ‘challenging behaviour’ within mental health care. It is also important to understand why people develop these behaviours and to consider what factors reinforce this. Current definitions and understanding of personality disorder are also considered.
The module sets out to develop your critical thinking around nursing care practice with a particular focus on the role of the therapeutic relationship in skilled mental health care. It also considers the role of approaches such as dialectical behaviour therapy and positive behavioural support.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice 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 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.

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

The Mental Health Act of 2007 (MHA 2007) included an amendment to compulsory detention criteria. Previous legislation included a ‘treatability test’. This test excluded people who had problems considered unresponsive to psychiatric treatment such as personality disorder. The 2007 act also altered definitions of treatment to include nursing care and psychological interventions. One effect of these changes has been an increase in the detention of people with challenging behaviour. However, there is some evidence that care staff are unprepared to work with this client group.

This module is aimed predominantly at graduate health care practitioners. The aim is to help you to work therapeutically with people identified as being difficult to work with and whose behaviours present challenges to therapeutic working. It is also important to understand individual perceptions of health and ill health as well as to work collaboratively with service users in an enabling and recovery based way that recognises individual understandings of health. The module sets out to develop consensus about what constitutes ‘challenging behaviour’ within mental health care. It is also important to understand why people develop these behaviours and to consider what factors reinforce this. Current definitions and understanding of personality disorder are also considered.

The module sets out to develop your critical thinking around practice in health care with a particular focus on the role of the therapeutic relationship in skilled mental health care. It also considers the role of approaches such as dialectical behaviour therapy and positive behavioural support. You are encouraged to reflect upon a relevant aspect of clinical practice and to develop recommendations about recovery-based outcomes for people with challenging behaviour. Module assessment requires demonstration of critical and reflective engagement with theory and evidence leading to possible improved clinical practice competencies and outcomes.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice 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 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

Students will develop critical thinking around nursing care practice with a particular focus on the role of the therapeutic relationship in skilled mental health care. It also considers the role of approaches such as dialectical behaviour therapy and positive behavioural support.

You will learn by a blend of online resources, selected reading and class based activity. All module content is linked to actual practice.

Employability

This course will enhance your employability by assisting you to develop realistic research based responses to care of people whose behaviour is perceived as difficult.

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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Dr Andrew Walsh

Senior Lecturer

Andrew qualified as a mental health nurse in 1982. Before coming to BCU he worked in a range of mental health care settings such as acute mental health care and the mental health of older people. He was a ward manager, a Community Psychiatric Nurse and he also worked in primary care within South Birmingham.

Andrew studied for his BSc in Mental Health Nursing and a Masters Degree in Education at BCU before completing his EdD at the University of Birmingham. Andrew is interested in health promotion, the therapeutic relationship and empathy and he is actively involved in health care research within local mental health services. 

Andrew organises the annual Mental Health Nursing Pre-Registration Mental Health Nursing Conference at Birmingham City University's City South Campus.

Module Leader

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