Counselling Studies top-up award BA (Hons)

Course length: 18 months

Overview

"I would encourage future students who want to study counselling or psychology to choose Newman University because it has a great reputation and the lecturers are highly qualified and knowledgeable in their field." Beverley Spalding
 

The newly re-validated Counselling Studies BA (Hons) top-up award is a level 6 course designed to build upon previous counselling training / enhance knowledge and understanding of the counselling profession for those who have studied an aligned subject. The programme provides a deeper theoretical base for those who have an interest in applying counselling theory within a variety of practice contexts, and can widen employment and career progression opportunities. The Top up programme will also equip students with research skills and knowledge. Through the dissertation module, students will design, plan and execute an in-depth empirical research project enabling them to investigate their own specific area of interest.

Who is it for?
  • Those wishing to apply theory to practice with a range of settings and client groups
  • Those wishing to develop academic and research skills and to lay a firm foundation to support evidence-based practice
  • Those wanting to enhance their current practice through professional development
Special features

Students are taught through guided reading/study, workshops, seminars and lectures. In addition, students are expected to engage in independent reading and learning. For the final year dissertation, students are required to carry out a substantial piece of research.

All students on the Top Up programme will have a personal tutor, with whom they shall meet at least once per semester.

Attendance

The programme is part-time and students are required to attend one-two days per week, depending on module options chosen. In addition, all students are required to attend a three day compulsory Headsup+ course at the beginning of the programme.

Assessment

Learning outcomes will be assessed using a variety of methods including traditional essays, critical reviews and a research dissertation.


Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

Students who have successfully completed Newman’s Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling will be eligible to progress to the BA (Hons) Counselling Studies top-up award.

We also encourage applications from those who have completed a Foundation Degree or an equivalent qualification in counselling or an aligned subject with 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5, and have experience of using counselling skills in a related context. 

If your application meets our entry requirements, you will be invited to attend an interview.

Students who successfully complete the Top Up award may apply for the MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy.

 

Fees

Below are the Undergraduate fees for 2017/18

Full-time UK/EU Students - £9,250

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

You will study a total of 60 credits each year. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits and dissertations are 40 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email registry@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


RESEARCH IN COUNSELLING


MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH IN COUNSELLING

MODULE CODE : COU616


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to enable students who already have a foundation in counselling theory and skills to fully appreciate the role and application of research in this area.  In the course of the module students will be introduced to a variety of methods and approaches, which will be examined with a highly practical focus.  Emphasis will be placed on the kinds of issues and research questions which are commonly addressed in counselling, and which might be addressed using different research approaches. Students will demonstrate their acquisition of the knowledge by carrying out a small research project and writing a research proposal suitable for a final year dissertation.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 50.00
Independent : 150.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Explore the notion of research, and the different types of research that are commonly used in counselling, including quantitative and qualitative approaches 

  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of research and evaluation tools including interviews, observation, questionnaires, and case studies.

  • Enable students to design effective research tools that are fit for purpose and meet ethical requirements, and implement these.

  • Enable students to be able to carry out some data collection and analysis, with guidance, and to gain an understanding of how research reports are constructed.

  • Assist students in developing skills and understanding necessary for them to embark on a dissertation in the counselling subject area at level 6.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

      

  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of research terminology and understand the processes involved in carrying out a research project

  • Articulate an understanding of research ethics and how to ensure that ethical considerations are in place when conducting research

  • Critically reflect on appropriate research methodology and justify and explain when and how to use the different research tools, identifying appropriateness to the methodology

  • Critically evaluate the issues involved in planning and undertaking a research project

  • Critically reflect on the possible success and failures of their chosen research methodology

  • Make critical judgements and evaluations, identifying potential strengths and limitations of undertaking a small-scale research project utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods

  • Work autonomously, setting personal goals and deadlines as appropriate in order to develop a proposal for a research project suitable for a final-year dissertation project.

  • Evidence the ability to use written communication clearly, coherently and grammatically, within a given structure, using the standard referencing techniques of the discipline, demonstrating effective choice and organisation of material

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Report of a Counselling related Research Project (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Research Proposal (1500 words)

COUNSELLING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES - optional module


Counselling Children and Families


Module Title: Counselling Children and Families

Module Code: COU603

Module Summary:
This module examines child and adolescent development in the context of family, society and culture, and explores a range of issues that arise in relation to therapeutic work. The principles of multi-agency work will be explored. Students will study factors that contribute to resilience and vulnerability with reference to a basic knowledge of neurological development.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 37 (Lectures & Seminars: 36; Drop-in tutorial time: 1)
Independent: 163
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Explore models of child and adolescent development, recognizing specific needs and potential vulnerability that relate to levels of development, with reference to basic neurobiology.
• Explore models of attachment in the context of the child and family, caring networks and outside world, examining how abuse disrupts attachment process.
• Examine the basic concepts of family systems theory and how this applies to counselling.
• Consider particular ethic principles that apply to working with children and adolescents, this includes multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working, and explore how this applies to working as an integrative counsellor.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Demonstrate a critical understanding of key theories of child and adolescent development, with reference to basic neurobiology, recognizing specific needs and potential vulnerability that relate to specific growth stages.
• Critically evaluate the attachment process in the context of the child and family, care giving systems and outside world. Recognize disruptions to attachment where abuse occurs.
• Demonstrate a critical appreciation of how a family system works and the basic principles of helping families in need.
• Synthesise an in-depth understanding of adolescent development, appraising the role of sexuality and gender [including inter-sex] during puberty.
• Critically reflect on how culture impacts on family structure and how socio-cultural influence child and adolescent development.
• Apply knowledge of child and adolescent development to practice and critically reflect on specific ethical principles that underpin work with children and young people
• Evaluate the strengths and limitations of an integrative approach in work with children, young people and families.
• Communicate ideas and knowledge clearly, fluently and coherently both orally and in writing.
• Work effectively as part of a group.
• Apply knowledge and awareness of interpersonal process in working with others.
• Apply knowledge and awareness of difference in working with others.
• Plan and execute tasks within a given time frame.
• Work autonomously, appropriately drawing on a range of resources including appraising current literature.
• Be able to use IT skills effectively, including word processing databases, search techniques, data and resource retrieval.

Assessment:

Component 1: 50 % Case study exploring issues of relevance to counselling children and young people (2,500 words)

Component 2: 50% Critical essay on therapeutic work with children and young people (2500 words)

ADVANCED CBT - optional module


Advanced CBT


Module Title: Advanced CBT

Module Code: COU617

Module Summary:
This module gives students knowledge of the most recent developments within Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. There will be a focus on how to apply cognitive behavioural approaches to practice, and an opportunity to critically reflect upon third wave cognitive behavioural concepts. There will be opportunities for students to continue to develop and critically reflect upon their ethical and professional awareness, and continue the process of self-reflection.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 37 (Lectures & Seminars: 36: Drop-in tutorial time: 1)
Independent: 163
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Enable students to further increase their knowledge of theory within the Cognitive Behavioural approach
• Further develop students’ awareness of ethical issues in counselling
• Enable students to enhance their understanding of how to apply cognitive behavioural approaches within therapeutic practice
• Enable students to critically evaluate current cognitive behavioural concepts in the light of other theories
• Use a range of resources, CBT tools and the Code of Ethics to identify and overcome problems and difficulties

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Critically consider cognitive behavioural approaches to the treatment of common mental health difficulties
• Articulate an understanding of recent developments within cognitive behavioural counselling
• Critically consider how recent developments might impact upon their own working
• Critically compare recent cognitive behavioural concepts to concepts in other traditions
• Critically reflect on future avenues for professional development within CBT
• Evidence the ability to use written communication clearly, coherently and grammatically, within a given structure, using the standard referencing techniques of the discipline, demonstrating effective choice and organisation of material
• Make critical judgements and evaluations, identifying general principles and evaluating competing perspectives
• Work autonomously, setting personal goals and deadlines as appropriate in order to complete set tasks
• Extend subject knowledge through independent appraisal of a range of learning resources

Assessment:

Component 1: 50% Essay (1000 words)
A critical essay on therapeutic work using CBT

Component 2: 50% Case Study (2000 words)
Analysis of a hypothetical case study in the light of CBT approaches to working therapeutically with psychological distress


WORKING WITH ADDICTIONS - optional module


Working with Addictions


Module Title: Working with Addictions

Module Code: COU611

Module Summary:
This module will introduce theories of addictions, and ways of working therapeutically with addictions. Definitions and explanations of addiction and addictive/compulsive behaviour will be explored. It will principally focus on contemporary approaches, methods of assessment and treatment plans. A range of effective ways of working therapeutically with addictions will be introduced and critically evaluated.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:
Scheduled: contact hours (including breakdown e.g. seminars, tutorials, lectures) 37
Independent:163
Placement: 0
Total Hours for module: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Develop an understanding of a range of addiction theories and treatment models.
• Support students to understand ‘recovery approach’ and recovery focused interventions.
• Enable student to understand key components of an comprehensive substance misuse focused assessment as well as key elements of a recovery focused client centred treatment plans.
• Develop an understanding of addiction focused risk assessment and risk management approach.
• Develop an understanding of relapse prevention strategies.
• Facilitate students’ critical understanding of advantages and disadvantages of individual versus group based interventions.
• Develop understanding of different types of addictions as well as extent of addiction – psychological and physiological.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Demonstrate accurate understanding of different addiction theories and treatment models.
• Critically reflect on the implications of diversity on addiction treatment practice.
• Demonstrate understanding of addiction focused assessment and treatment action plan.
• Demonstrate understanding of key risk issues related to addiction issues and how to develop effective risk management plan.
• Make critical evaluations of competing perspectives of different treatment theories and treatment models.
• Demonstrate understanding and enhanced knowledge of a range of treatment options available for addiction as well as critically reflect on strengths and weaknesses of these models.

Assessment:
Component 1: 100% Critical Essay (2,500 words)
KIS Category: Coursework


HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


Health Psychology


Module Title: Health Psychology

Module Code: PYU604

Module Summary:
Health psychology is an exciting field within psychology that has important contributions to make to our understanding of the causes, progression, and treatment of illnesses. The module explores the theoretical models, which attempt to explain and predict health behaviour and examines the practical application of these models in health promotion campaigns. It focuses upon the relationship between stress, health and illness, and the factors that mediate this relationship (e.g., individual differences). It considers the impact of living with a disability and/or a chronic illness from the biopsychosocial perspective, and considers the impact of illness cognitions on behaviour. The module will further consider the impact of being hospitalised on a patient's health and well being from a psychosocial perspective. Thus, the focus of this module is concerned with promotion and maintenance of health, prevention and management of illness, and the identification of biopsychosocial factors contributing to health and illness.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 36
Independent: 164
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the rapidly developing field of health psychology
• Develop a critical awareness of where the discipline of health psychology stands in a historical, academic and professional context
• Consolidate students awareness of the biopsychosocial approach to health and illness
• Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to predict and explain health behaviours and examine the practical application of these models in health promotion campaigns
• Provide students with a thorough grounding in the relationship between stress, illness and health, individual differences in health and illness, and the ways in which the impact of stress on health and illness is mediated
• Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the psychosocial impact of disability and chronic illness
• Examine the psychosocial aspects of the hospital environment and its effect on patient health and well being
• Critically examine the impact of illness cognition on understating health behavior
• Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating health psychology research

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Illustrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the core concepts, theories, models within health psychology
• Demonstrate a systematic understanding of health psychology methods, and research
• Illustrate, a systematic understanding of the importance of health promotion within health psychology, and an in-depth understanding of the mechanism involved
• Display a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical issues evident within health psychology literature
• Demonstrate an in depth, analytical understanding of the importance and limitations of health psychology research to understanding health and illness
• Demonstrate the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing, and sustained argument, using a range of primary sources in health psychology, and use it to formulate arguments within health psychology
• Critically demonstrate knowledge of the conventions surrounding production of a Health intervention proposal.


Assessment:

Component 1:50% Health Intervention Proposal (2000 words)

Component 2: 50% Examination (2 hours)

PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND MENTAL WELL-BEING - optional module


MODULE TITLE : PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND MENTAL WELL-BEING

MODULE CODE : PYU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module covers the key concepts related to psychological distress and mental wellbeing. The module will present different models of psychological distress including biological, psychological, social approaches as well as integrative bio-psychosocial models. The pervasiveness of medical views will also be discussed with typical use of terms such as mental illness, disorders, abnormality and clinical psychology as well as concepts of categorical (caseness) and dimensional views of psychological distress/illness. The module will include an historical account of mental distress and then focus on key psychological disorders and discuss their aetiology, diagnosis and treatment. Students will be encouraged to consider their own opinions and those of others as it relates to these topics. Learning occurs via two main components: a lecture series; and a series of seminars. The seminar series will especially provide a space for students to discuss and debate the key issues in psychological distress/illness. Assessment of the module will be via two components: submission of an analysis of a case study; and an end of module exam.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the  rapidly developing field of clinical or mental-health psychology
  • Develop a critical awareness of where the discipline of clinical psychology stands in a historical, academic and professional context
  • Consolidate students awareness of  the biopsychosocial approach to mental wellbeing and psychological distress
  • Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to describe and explain mental distress Provide students with a thorough grounding in the major type of mental disorders
  • Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the psychosocial impact of mental distress
  • Facilitate engagement in key debates in clinical psychological using a range of approaches and evidence
  • Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating clinical psychology research

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Illustrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the core concepts, theories, models, and research within clinical psychology, and apply this to current topics.
  • Display a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical, sociocultural, and political issues evident in the clinical psychology literature.
  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of the importance and limitations of clinical psychology research to understanding mental health and psychological distress.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing, and sustained argument, using a range of primary sources in clinical psychology, and use it to formulate arguments on specific topics of metal health and psychological distress.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of clinical psychology theory, methods, and research.
  • Critically evaluate research findings in the field of clinical psychology.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Written Analysis (1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

Year 2 modules


COUNSELLING STUDIES DISSERTATION


MODULE TITLE : COUNSELLING STUDIES DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : COU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

This tutored double module provides students with the opportunity to select an area of particular interest to them within the field of Counselling and to design, plan and execute an in-depth empirical research project in their chosen area. Students will be required to produce a brief initial research proposal, for discussion with their supervisor. The proposal is then used as a basis for developing an application for Newman University ethical approval, which must be achieved prior to commencing data collection. The research design should include either quantitative and/or qualitative analyses and draw upon and critically evaluate a range of both classic and contemporary research findings throughout.  A poster presentation detailing the research process and findings will also be assessed.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 12.00
Independent : 388.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Further enhance the ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence relating to a selected area of interest in the field of Counselling
  • Further enhance the ability to select appropriate, ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research purposes and justify their use, with tutor support
  • Further enhance the ability to work constructively with an advisory tutor recognising that the content and execution of the project belongs to the student
  • Further enhance ability to present and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data clearly and in an appropriate format.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence relating to a selected area of interest in the field of Counselling
  • Select appropriate, ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research purposes and justify their employment, with tutor support
  • Carry out a substantial piece of independently-driven research
  • Present, analyse and evaluate either qualitative and/or quantitative data clearly and in an appropriate format
  • Draw appropriate conclusions from data analysis 
  • Write up research findings using normal conventions
  • Recognise the need to consider aspects of gender, and cultural and ethical issues in their research design where appropriate
  • Communicate their research findings to an audience of tutors and peers for scrutiny.      

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 20% Poster Presentation

Component 2 - 80% Dissertation (10000 words)

COUNSELLING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES - optional module


Counselling Children and Families


Module Title: Counselling Children and Families

Module Code: COU603

Module Summary:
This module examines child and adolescent development in the context of family, society and culture, and explores a range of issues that arise in relation to therapeutic work. The principles of multi-agency work will be explored. Students will study factors that contribute to resilience and vulnerability with reference to a basic knowledge of neurological development.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 37 (Lectures & Seminars: 36; Drop-in tutorial time: 1)
Independent: 163
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Explore models of child and adolescent development, recognizing specific needs and potential vulnerability that relate to levels of development, with reference to basic neurobiology.
• Explore models of attachment in the context of the child and family, caring networks and outside world, examining how abuse disrupts attachment process.
• Examine the basic concepts of family systems theory and how this applies to counselling.
• Consider particular ethic principles that apply to working with children and adolescents, this includes multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working, and explore how this applies to working as an integrative counsellor.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Demonstrate a critical understanding of key theories of child and adolescent development, with reference to basic neurobiology, recognizing specific needs and potential vulnerability that relate to specific growth stages.
• Critically evaluate the attachment process in the context of the child and family, care giving systems and outside world. Recognize disruptions to attachment where abuse occurs.
• Demonstrate a critical appreciation of how a family system works and the basic principles of helping families in need.
• Synthesise an in-depth understanding of adolescent development, appraising the role of sexuality and gender [including inter-sex] during puberty.
• Critically reflect on how culture impacts on family structure and how socio-cultural influence child and adolescent development.
• Apply knowledge of child and adolescent development to practice and critically reflect on specific ethical principles that underpin work with children and young people
• Evaluate the strengths and limitations of an integrative approach in work with children, young people and families.
• Communicate ideas and knowledge clearly, fluently and coherently both orally and in writing.
• Work effectively as part of a group.
• Apply knowledge and awareness of interpersonal process in working with others.
• Apply knowledge and awareness of difference in working with others.
• Plan and execute tasks within a given time frame.
• Work autonomously, appropriately drawing on a range of resources including appraising current literature.
• Be able to use IT skills effectively, including word processing databases, search techniques, data and resource retrieval.

Assessment:

Component 1: 50 % Case study exploring issues of relevance to counselling children and young people (2,500 words)

Component 2: 50% Critical essay on therapeutic work with children and young people (2500 words)

ADVANCED CBT - optional module


Advanced CBT


Module Title: Advanced CBT

Module Code: COU617

Module Summary:
This module gives students knowledge of the most recent developments within Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. There will be a focus on how to apply cognitive behavioural approaches to practice, and an opportunity to critically reflect upon third wave cognitive behavioural concepts. There will be opportunities for students to continue to develop and critically reflect upon their ethical and professional awareness, and continue the process of self-reflection.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 37 (Lectures & Seminars: 36: Drop-in tutorial time: 1)
Independent: 163
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Enable students to further increase their knowledge of theory within the Cognitive Behavioural approach
• Further develop students’ awareness of ethical issues in counselling
• Enable students to enhance their understanding of how to apply cognitive behavioural approaches within therapeutic practice
• Enable students to critically evaluate current cognitive behavioural concepts in the light of other theories
• Use a range of resources, CBT tools and the Code of Ethics to identify and overcome problems and difficulties

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Critically consider cognitive behavioural approaches to the treatment of common mental health difficulties
• Articulate an understanding of recent developments within cognitive behavioural counselling
• Critically consider how recent developments might impact upon their own working
• Critically compare recent cognitive behavioural concepts to concepts in other traditions
• Critically reflect on future avenues for professional development within CBT
• Evidence the ability to use written communication clearly, coherently and grammatically, within a given structure, using the standard referencing techniques of the discipline, demonstrating effective choice and organisation of material
• Make critical judgements and evaluations, identifying general principles and evaluating competing perspectives
• Work autonomously, setting personal goals and deadlines as appropriate in order to complete set tasks
• Extend subject knowledge through independent appraisal of a range of learning resources

Assessment:

Component 1: 50% Essay (1000 words)
A critical essay on therapeutic work using CBT

Component 2: 50% Case Study (2000 words)
Analysis of a hypothetical case study in the light of CBT approaches to working therapeutically with psychological distress


WORKING WITH ADDICTIONS - optional module


Working with Addictions


Module Title: Working with Addictions

Module Code: COU611

Module Summary:
This module will introduce theories of addictions, and ways of working therapeutically with addictions. Definitions and explanations of addiction and addictive/compulsive behaviour will be explored. It will principally focus on contemporary approaches, methods of assessment and treatment plans. A range of effective ways of working therapeutically with addictions will be introduced and critically evaluated.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:
Scheduled: contact hours (including breakdown e.g. seminars, tutorials, lectures) 37
Independent:163
Placement: 0
Total Hours for module: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Develop an understanding of a range of addiction theories and treatment models.
• Support students to understand ‘recovery approach’ and recovery focused interventions.
• Enable student to understand key components of an comprehensive substance misuse focused assessment as well as key elements of a recovery focused client centred treatment plans.
• Develop an understanding of addiction focused risk assessment and risk management approach.
• Develop an understanding of relapse prevention strategies.
• Facilitate students’ critical understanding of advantages and disadvantages of individual versus group based interventions.
• Develop understanding of different types of addictions as well as extent of addiction – psychological and physiological.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Demonstrate accurate understanding of different addiction theories and treatment models.
• Critically reflect on the implications of diversity on addiction treatment practice.
• Demonstrate understanding of addiction focused assessment and treatment action plan.
• Demonstrate understanding of key risk issues related to addiction issues and how to develop effective risk management plan.
• Make critical evaluations of competing perspectives of different treatment theories and treatment models.
• Demonstrate understanding and enhanced knowledge of a range of treatment options available for addiction as well as critically reflect on strengths and weaknesses of these models.

Assessment:
Component 1: 100% Critical Essay (2,500 words)
KIS Category: Coursework


HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


Health Psychology


Module Title: Health Psychology

Module Code: PYU604

Module Summary:
Health psychology is an exciting field within psychology that has important contributions to make to our understanding of the causes, progression, and treatment of illnesses. The module explores the theoretical models, which attempt to explain and predict health behaviour and examines the practical application of these models in health promotion campaigns. It focuses upon the relationship between stress, health and illness, and the factors that mediate this relationship (e.g., individual differences). It considers the impact of living with a disability and/or a chronic illness from the biopsychosocial perspective, and considers the impact of illness cognitions on behaviour. The module will further consider the impact of being hospitalised on a patient's health and well being from a psychosocial perspective. Thus, the focus of this module is concerned with promotion and maintenance of health, prevention and management of illness, and the identification of biopsychosocial factors contributing to health and illness.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 36
Independent: 164
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the rapidly developing field of health psychology
• Develop a critical awareness of where the discipline of health psychology stands in a historical, academic and professional context
• Consolidate students awareness of the biopsychosocial approach to health and illness
• Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to predict and explain health behaviours and examine the practical application of these models in health promotion campaigns
• Provide students with a thorough grounding in the relationship between stress, illness and health, individual differences in health and illness, and the ways in which the impact of stress on health and illness is mediated
• Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the psychosocial impact of disability and chronic illness
• Examine the psychosocial aspects of the hospital environment and its effect on patient health and well being
• Critically examine the impact of illness cognition on understating health behavior
• Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating health psychology research

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Illustrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the core concepts, theories, models within health psychology
• Demonstrate a systematic understanding of health psychology methods, and research
• Illustrate, a systematic understanding of the importance of health promotion within health psychology, and an in-depth understanding of the mechanism involved
• Display a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical issues evident within health psychology literature
• Demonstrate an in depth, analytical understanding of the importance and limitations of health psychology research to understanding health and illness
• Demonstrate the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing, and sustained argument, using a range of primary sources in health psychology, and use it to formulate arguments within health psychology
• Critically demonstrate knowledge of the conventions surrounding production of a Health intervention proposal.


Assessment:

Component 1:50% Health Intervention Proposal (2000 words)

Component 2: 50% Examination (2 hours)

PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND MENTAL WELL-BEING - optional module


MODULE TITLE : PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND MENTAL WELL-BEING

MODULE CODE : PYU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module covers the key concepts related to psychological distress and mental wellbeing. The module will present different models of psychological distress including biological, psychological, social approaches as well as integrative bio-psychosocial models. The pervasiveness of medical views will also be discussed with typical use of terms such as mental illness, disorders, abnormality and clinical psychology as well as concepts of categorical (caseness) and dimensional views of psychological distress/illness. The module will include an historical account of mental distress and then focus on key psychological disorders and discuss their aetiology, diagnosis and treatment. Students will be encouraged to consider their own opinions and those of others as it relates to these topics. Learning occurs via two main components: a lecture series; and a series of seminars. The seminar series will especially provide a space for students to discuss and debate the key issues in psychological distress/illness. Assessment of the module will be via two components: submission of an analysis of a case study; and an end of module exam.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the  rapidly developing field of clinical or mental-health psychology
  • Develop a critical awareness of where the discipline of clinical psychology stands in a historical, academic and professional context
  • Consolidate students awareness of  the biopsychosocial approach to mental wellbeing and psychological distress
  • Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to describe and explain mental distress Provide students with a thorough grounding in the major type of mental disorders
  • Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the psychosocial impact of mental distress
  • Facilitate engagement in key debates in clinical psychological using a range of approaches and evidence
  • Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating clinical psychology research

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Illustrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the core concepts, theories, models, and research within clinical psychology, and apply this to current topics.
  • Display a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical, sociocultural, and political issues evident in the clinical psychology literature.
  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of the importance and limitations of clinical psychology research to understanding mental health and psychological distress.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing, and sustained argument, using a range of primary sources in clinical psychology, and use it to formulate arguments on specific topics of metal health and psychological distress.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of clinical psychology theory, methods, and research.
  • Critically evaluate research findings in the field of clinical psychology.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Written Analysis (1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

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