Credits from this 20-credit module can be put towards the MA in Advanced Social Work (180 credits). It can also be taken on a credit only basis. Candidates not able to complete the full MA in Advanced Social Work can exit with a Post Graduate Certificate (60 credits) or Post Graduate Diploma (120 credits).
The module is open to qualified social workers and other helping professionals. It is also a pre-requisite for the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training.
The module offers students an opportunity to return to formal study in the arena of mental health, and adopts a critical approach to theoretical and practice models of mental illness.
The module is taught over ten days (meeting for one day per week over a ten week period). The weekly teaching format will include lectures, seminars, individual or small group research/library/guided study time, and individual presentations.
• Study legislation and policy on mental health and be introduced to the duties and powers of mental health professionals.
• Explore practice skills and knowledge required in working with people affected by mental ill-health.
• Examine the nature of inter-professional and inter-agency networks and membership in multi-disciplinary teams and relate to the 10 Essential Shared Capabilities as well as professional Codes of Ethics.
• Research a topic that relates to the student’s practice and critically apply research and theory to chosen case examples.
• Be provided with an opportunity to give an oral presentation to seminar leaders and colleagues that might be later presented at a professional conference or work event.
At the end of this course students will be:
1. Familiar with policy and legislation related to mental health in England. PCF 5
2. Cognisant of theories, models and current debates surrounding the concept of
mental illness and various models that aim to understand the onset and treatment of mental ill-health. PCF 5
3. An intelligent and critical consumer of the research literature and Evidence Based
Practice (EBP) and Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) as well as debates about the central tenets of EBP. PCF 6
4. Knowledgeable about the needs of people of minority populations who seek mental
health services. PCF 3
5. Proficient in understanding and exploring ethical issues in mental health practice.
6. Able to describe what constitutes effective multidisciplinary working and work
collaboratively with other professionals and agencies. PCF 8
7. Experienced in public speaking after preparing a talk and delivering it in seminar.